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Apsley House, London: 12 reviews and 26 photos
Apsley House was the home to one of the Greatest British Heroes - The Duke of Wellington. (Battle of Waterloo).
Back in the 18thC it was one of a row of houses but now stands isolated at the junction of Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Park Lane, Constitution Hill and Grosvenor Place and behind it is Hyde Park, with the gardens of Buckingham Palace beyond.
The house was built by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1778 for Baron Apsley and was given the unofficial address of "Number 1 London" because it was the first house one came across after passing through the tollgate at the end of Knightsbridge. Back in the 18thC this was where London began.
Apsley House is owned and managed by English Heritage and cost visitors £5.10 entry. It is more of an art gallery now and many many portrait and landscape paintings and sculptures are exhibited here, including works by Bruehgel, Reynolds, Rubens, van Dyke, Carravaggio and Goya. It is possible to see the Drawing Room, the Waterloo Gallery, Inner and Outer Halls and there are displays of china and other exquisite artefacts belonging to the Wellington family.
At the Grand Staircase with its gold ballustrade stands the magnificent statue of Canova's Napoleon. This was in fact commissioned by Napoleon himself and once stood in the Louvre in Paris. The British Government bought it in 1816 and George IV presented it to Wellington. It stands at 3.5m and is very impressive!
Address: As described above
Directions: Green Park Tube
Phone: +44 20 7499 5676
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