Spencer House was built 1756-66 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97). Situated in the heart of St. James's, Spencer House is a short distance from St. James's Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster and has a splendid terrace and restored, half acre garden with magnificent views of The Green Park.
This magnificent eighteenth-century private palace has regained the full splendour of its late eighteenth-century appearance after a painstaking ten year restoration undertaken by RIT Capital Partners plc.
Designed by John Vardy and James "Athenian" Stuart, the State Rooms were amongst the first neo-classical interiors in Europe. Visitors can see a fine collection of eighteenth- century paintings and furniture specially assembled for the House, including five major Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROPERTY IS NOT IN THE HHA FREE TO FRIENDS SCHEME.
Visitor Opening Times
Open to the public for viewing every Sunday (except during January and August) from 10.30 a.m. - 5.45 p.m*. Access is by guided tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour. Tours begin at regular intervals and the last admission is at 4.45 p.m. The maximum number of visitors on each tour is 20.
No children under 10 admitted.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Spencer House is occasionally used as a photography location.