During the 19th century “There were times in fact when Spencer House was opened to the public at large, providing the setting for a series of charity concerts and exhibitions that drew visitors from all sections of London society.”
Joseph Friedman, 2011
This comparatively restrained room is a modest overture to Stuart’s State Rooms which follow. The plaster frieze ornamented with urns is similar to that in the dining room at Lichfield House in St. James’s Square, also designed by Stuart.
The Bacchic head forming the handle was taken from a Roman sarcophagus, a miniature copy of which served as the money box of the Society of Dilettanti.
When to visit
Open every Sunday (except during August) from 10.30am – 4.30pm (last tour).
Access is by guided tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour.