Spencer House is closed
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Spencer House is closed and there will be no Sunday Tours for the rest of the year. Thank you for your understanding at this time and we look forward to reopening next year.
Spencer House is closed In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Spencer House is closed and there will be no Sunday Tours for the rest of the year. Thank you for your understanding at this time and we look forward to reopening next year. 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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Behind the scenes at Spencer House

In a normal year, the carpets at Spencer House see a lot of activity, and this late 19th century Iranian carpet in the Dining Room is particularly in need of restoration. The white areas show where the original woollen pile has been worn away right down to the foundation (called the warp and weft). Cliff Capps from Antique Textiles is re-piling some of the worst areas – this involves tying individual knots of wool back onto the foundation, carefully matching the original colours. At the end, Cliff gives the loose ends a ‘haircut’ and the restored pattern is revealed. Although it’s a painstaking process, this work should give the carpet many more years of use.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Spencer House soon.