Brunswick House

Restaurants, Cafés London Free
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
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This listed Georgian mansion, former home to the Dukes of Brunswick, was built in 1758 and once stood in three acres of riverside parkland – now it sits in the middle of Vauxhall Cross overshadowed by the massive St George Wharf complex. Brunswick House was in a state of disrepair and was on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ list until it was acquired by LASSCO (The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company), which also has a branch in Spitalfields, in 2004. After the squatters were removed, Brunswick House was restored and it’s now used by LASSCO as a premises from which to sell architectural salvage. Members of the public are welcome to visit the restored building for a glimpse of Vauxhall’s elegant past.


Venue name: Brunswick House
Address: 30 Wandsworth Rd
Vauxhall Cross
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun (not bank hols)
Transport: Tube: Vauxhall; Bus: 2, 88 bus. Car parking available to those purchasing architectural salvage
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A beautiful old building surrounded by modern high rises that's a short walk from Vauxhall tube. Fabulous cocktails for about £8, served by friendly staff in rooms filled with chandeliers and other antiques - we went mid-week and it seemed to be a popular date location.


I very rarely hang around Vauxhall, but I feel it might change after my discovery of Brunswich House. So unassuming form the outside, it’s beautifulbar/restaurant filled up with antiques where almost every element of the decoration is for sale. All that grand design, chandeliers and the enormous mirror in a golden frame in the main bar very much brought to mind Manet’s 'The Waitress' painting. They have a good selection of wines and cold food (excellent meats and cheeses). It’s hard to comment on other menu items as we’ve been here at an organised party, but the vegetarian main (barley, pumpkin, parsnip, beans and cocoa powder) was very tasty. If you want to travel in time for your special day, I recommend renting their period rooms too, your guests will definitely be impressed.


This week I learnt that lesson of dashed high expectations. I picked Brunswick House for a birthday celebration for myself and a friend. Our previous blowout venues have included Sushi Samba, Roka and The Manor - so perhaps this my calibration was off as Brunswick House was so much more normal and everyday than those. It had come highly recommended from some foodie friends. I expected a really grand, rambling country house style venue - but in fact it is a relatively ordinary pub style place. The food was really interesting - and clearly focusses on local and high quality produce. There are limited choices for each course. Between the four of us we tried nearly the whole menu. There was nothing to complain about but also nothing particularly remarkable - which for £70 isn't really good enough. The thing that really lets the place down is the service - slow, off hand, careless - we were left without menus and without drinks at various times in the evening. In the end - even though we were very much up for more we left and went elsewhere!

A sad disappointment -  I wouldn't actively avoid but also wouldn't go back by choice!

Wonderfully eclectic and unique venue - excellent coffee, attentive service and of course, great design!

Although sadly I have not yet made it to London, when I imagine it, and even more so, England, I see pictorial landscapes of meadows and glens with little stone cottages and as a land of rich history and manors, mansions, and castles. Yes, I realize time changes everything, and that London is a huge international city, but I am very happy to hear that LASSCO stepped in and prevented such a historical and gorgeous piece of architecture from being torn down. That would have been a travesty. My husband's ancestry is very strong in the UK, Wales, and Ireland, and all three are on my bucket list as places to visit in the next couple of years.

Not able to review as haven't been there, but looks like a place to add to my bucket list.

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