Organised by the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

A day in St James's - Sold out

  • Spencer House |
  • Guided Tour |
  • Monday, 5 December 2016 - 11:00 until 16:00

Spencer House 11am

Spencer House, built in 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer is London’s finest surviving 18th century town house. It was built as a showcase for the fashionable classical taste seen in the brilliantly decorated state rooms designed by John Vardy and James 'Athenian' Stuart. The Spencer family lived in the house until 1895, returning briefly in the mid 1920s. Spencer House has been returned to its full splendour after a 10 year restoration programme under the guidance of Lord Rothschild.

The Chapel Royal and The Queen’s Chapel, St James’s Palace 2pm

A wonderful opportunity to visit two Royal Chapels by kind permission of the Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal. The Chapel Royal lies within St James’s Palace and is the main surviving part of a Tudor palace built by Henry VIII. It is steeped in historical events including Charles I receiving Communion here before walking across the park to his execution.

The Queen’s Chapel, which today lies just outside the Palace was designed by Inigo Jones in the revolutionary new style of the 1620s as a Roman Catholic chapel. Its classical architecture influenced by Palladio is in stark contrast to the Tudor Chapel Royal built less than 100 years earlier. Queen Henrietta Maria and her daughter-in-law, Catherine of Braganza, worshipped here. The tour will be conducted by Anne Parsons who studied at the V&A, joined the curatorial staff at the museum and now lectures.

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This event has been organised by the Buckinghamshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue & entry details

Spencer House 27 St James's Place London SW1A 1NR

Entry details


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