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Tue Jul 24 2012
Built in 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer, this is London's finest surviving eighteenth-century town house. Eight meticulously restored state rooms are open to the public, with paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, objets d'art and furniture on display. Guided tours leave at regular intervals throughout the day and last around an hour. On the open terrace, a range of contemporary sculpture from Christie's can be viewed for free. Until June 2013 this offers a rare chance to see Barbara Hepworth's 'Curved Form' (Bryher II) from 1961.