Apsley House

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Called No 1 London because it was the first London building encountered on the road to the city from the village of Kensington, Apsley House was built by Robert Adam in the 1770s. The Duke of Wellington kept it as his residence for 35 years. Although his descendants still live here, several rooms are open to the public, providing a superb feel for the man and his era. Admire the extravagant porcelain dinnerware and plates or ask for a demonstration of the crafty mirrors in the scarlet and gilt picture gallery. Apsley House is home to around 200 masterpieces including paintings by Velazquez, Goya and Rubens.
Venue name: Apsley House
Address: Hyde Park Corner
Opening hours: until Nov 3 2013: 11am-5pm Wed-Sun
Transport: Tube: Green Park/Knightsbridge
Price: £6.70, £6 concs, £4 children, under-5s free, £22.40 family (2+3); English Heritage mems free; joint ticket with Wellington Arch £8.20/£7.70/£5.20/£22.40

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madeleine jones

Lovely website - beautiful.images coupled with history as well as other places of interest nearby. Clearly & concisely laid out containing all necessary information for visitors.