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Two Temple Place

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Two Temple Place
© Will Pryce. Courtesy Two Temple Place

Time Out says

Built as an estate office in 1895 to the close specifications of William Waldorf Astor, Two Temple Place now opens to the public for three months a year with immensely popular exhibitions of ‘publicly-owned art from around the UK’, arranged by an up-and-coming curator. The pale Portland stone exterior and oriel windows here are handsome – but the interior is extraordinary. You get a hint about what’s to come before you open the door: look right and there’s a cherub holding an old-fashioned telephone to his ear.

Ring the bell and you’re warmly welcomed by volunteers into a house with decor that combines sublime, extravagant craftsmanship with a thorough lack of interest in coherence: above porphyry tiles, the Three Musketeers adorn the banisters of a staircase; intricately carved literary characters crowd the first floor, mixing Shakespeare with Fenimore Cooper; the medieval-style Great Hall, with lovely stained glass, crams together 54 random busts – Voltaire, Marlborough and Anne Boleyn enjoying the company of Mary Queen of Scots.

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Address: 2 Temple Place
London
WC2R 3BD
Transport: Tube: Temple
Price: Admission free. Tours free but must be booked in advance
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Opening hours: Open Exhibitions late Jan-mid Apr 10am-4.30pm Mon, Thur-Sat; 10am-9pm Wed; 11am-4.30pm Sun. Private tours only mid Apr-late Jan
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tastemaker

This beautiful palace is hidden in the area of Temple, just a couple of minutes walking from the tube. It is open only once a year during its annual exhibition, so make sure to check their website to see if it is open when you intend to visit as you don’t want to miss it. Two Temple Place is a masterpiece if you fancy architecture; a gorgeous wooden staircase with sculpted figurines and glass painted windows are just some of the things you’ll see in what used to be the mansion of William Waldorf Astor. When I visited there was an exhibition dedicated to “The Age of Jazz in Britain” which was very interesting and inspiring. It’s true, not all rooms are accessible during the annual exhibition, but it is free to visit. If you’d like to know more about this fascinating mansion there is the possibly of booking a group tour. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Tastemaker

Holy moly this place is beyond beautiful. Unless you were an extra in downton abbey or are part of the made in chelsea cast it is pretty unlikely you get to see buildings like this on a regular basis. It is an absolute gem of victorian architecture, everywhere you look there are gorgeous details. Take your time looking around as you need time to take it all in. Check their website for their opening times as they are a bit sporadic. It is currently open until the 23rd of April, so I will be popping back for another visit next week, the exquisite stained glass is calling my name. 

Tastemaker

This building is beautiful and so interesting and has a staircase that looks like the one from Titanic - you know Jack, Jack, where are you Jack? It has stunning Windows and intricate woodwork. Go on Open House weekend!

tastemaker

What a beautiful building!  We were lucky enough to be taken on an all access tour and heard some great stories and insights into the building.  Irrespective of the actual exhibition on at the time, this building is definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in history or architecture.  It’s a place of real beauty. 

Tastemaker

Absolutely stunning and totally worth a visit, especially now to avail of the Beyond Beauty exhibition which is totally free. Take this opportunity to see this wonderful building that is often closed to the public. A great way to spend an afternoon in London. Don't forget to check out the amazing stained glass ceiling. Wow.


A visit to 2 Temple Place is a must see - open until April 24th -  its an amazing hidden Victorian gem (opposite Temple Tube!) FREE Egyptian exhibition, beautiful interiors, museum shop and fab café. Open late on Wednesday - perfect way to unwind after work!

Its only open for three months each year so see it whilst you can !

tastemaker

This is just about the most beautiful building in London.  The fascinating (free) Beyond Beauty exhibition is on now till late April but have a look at their website for free talks and even jazz evenings.   Craft workshops for kids are held during school holidays (some free, others £3).  A wonderful place and a joy to visit.


Tucked away in the heart of London, this gem just took my breath away. The guides were uber enthusiastic to give information about the building! It was just stunning! I shall be returning again very soon!!

tastemaker

This building tucked away a stone's throw away from Temple underground station is absolutely breathtaking and phenomenal inside. They are currently host to the Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt exhibition. The intricate walls and ceilings of the building gives it such an artistic feel, making it a perfect place to host such artefacts of historical importance. The wooden staircase alone was so grand, it gave the whole place a really atmospheric feel. During our visit, there was a real fire with incense - so attached is a snapshot to capture the mystery evoked.

Tastemaker

I visited this marvel of gothic revival architecture for the Beyond Beauty Egyptology exhibition, having been completely unawares of its existence. What a treasure this building is! Having been built with an open ended budget in the Victorian era this building culminates the best of British craftsmanship (funded by an American). Dozens of different types of wood line each room, with many intricate carvings. It's been sympathetically restored (after WWII bomb damage) and added to in the 60s, something which I hope continues so it can continue to be enjoyed by future generations. While the building is only open during the exhibition, it can be hired out privately for events, where I'm sure it would be the star of the show. It's owned and run by The Bulldog Trust charity, so ensure to dig deep and donate if you pay a visit, so others can enjoy what they have to offer.

Tastemaker

I am so chuffed about discovering this magnificent place, just moments from Temple station. This is a hidden little treasure within London, the architecture of this neo-gothic mansion is just incredible and has to be admired in person. I had no idea it even existed. Impressive rooms with fireplaces, wooden panelled walls and stained glass windows. The ornately decorated and impressive staircase is the most striking feature and has also featured in Downtown Abbey did you know! This a great place to visit that is rarely accessible to the general public apart from during the Open house weekend or their winter exhibitions so would strongly recommend that you go. This would also be a beautiful venue for corporate event or wedding.

Tastemaker

I recently attended a wedding at Two Temple Place and it is an absolutely beautiful venue for such a special occasion. Tucked away by the river, the house is full of intricately decorated rooms that had a romantic feel and worked perfectly for the different parts of the day. That staircase! The staff were brilliant – canapes were always within reach, the wedding breakfast was incredible, the bar was flowing – and the evening was brought to a close as we left by the light of the flaming torches outside the gates. A brilliant setting and absolutely worth seeing if you can.


a stunning place, loved the house. It is a pity it is not open to the public more often.

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