Private Tour on a Tuesday in October, 11 – 12.30pm, followed by optional lunch
Built from 1763 on, Lansdowne House became a social club in 1935, the first at the time to admit men and women with equal social status since its doors opened. Unlike many London clubs it had no vocational, artistic or political ‘theme’. In the last three centuries it has been inhabited and visited by politicians (three prime ministers), nobles, famous writers, and even served as the Privy Council for the Houses of Parliament after the 1834 fire which destroyed both Houses of Parliament.
The architect John Adams designed the House, and later work kept to his original designs. The Club rooms now range in style from elegant 18th Century design and interiors to Art Deco.
In 1930 Westminster City Council decided to improve access to Berkeley Square by creating an extra road into the square. This was accomplished by demolishing half of Lansdowne House, which had stood there since the 18th century. The remaining half was given a new frontage, and a newly renovated interior, and was founded as the Lansdowne Club. The ‘First Drawing Room’ was reinstated in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Dining Room in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Our tour will take in the fascinating history of the house and its occupants, the art, rooms, and very unusual internal architecture including an Art Deco swimming pool.