Spencer House is closed
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Spencer House is closed and there will be no Sunday Tours until May 2021. Thank you for your understanding at this time and we look forward to reopening next Spring.
Spencer House is closed In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Spencer House is closed and there will be no Sunday Tours until May 2021. Thank you for your understanding at this time and we look forward to reopening next Spring. For more information
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House:

‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House: ‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House:

‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House: ‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House:

‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House: ‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House:

‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.
In 1772 the celebrated writer, Arthur Young, said of Spencer House: ‘I know not a more beautiful piece of architecture… All in richness, elegance, and taste, superior to any house I have seen’.

Spencer House is London’s most magnificent
eighteenth-century aristocratic palace

Built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) it is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.

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Masterpieces in Marble

January brought the sad loss of Dick Reid, the master carver from York who played a huge role in the restoration of Spencer House in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Dick led the team of expert craftspeople who recreated many missing architectural features from the house, including six magnificent chimneypieces.

The originals were all removed by the 7th Earl Spencer for protection during the Blitz and were installed at his country house, Althorp, where they can still be seen today. Dick travelled to the quarries in Carrara, Italy to procure ten tonnes of marble for the project; he and his team then spent the next ten years reproducing these eighteenth-century masterpieces, each one unique and adorned with everything from grave-faced Greek philosophers to drunken cherubs.

Images © Jarrold Publishing/Spencer House