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.
2 Temple Place
|Price:||Admission free. Tours free but must be booked in advance|
|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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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 !
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!!