Tour of Spencer House with Ben Bacon, Carver and Gilder
Disability access: Shallow entrance steps covered by ramp, disabled toilet on ground floor, lifts to the first floor State Rooms, and seating available for rest part-way through the tour.
A rare opportunity to view the elegant neoclassical interiors of Spencer House with Ben Bacon, carver and gilder, who helped restore the house to its 18th century grandeur.
Spencer House is a rare survival of an 18th century London aristocratic palace. Built for the first Earl Spencer between 1756 and 1766, the house and its exquisitely crafted interiors reflect the transition from the Palladian style to neoclassicism.
After 1926, the building, with most of its original contents and fittings removed, was let to a series of commercial tenants and entered a period of neglect and decline. In 1985 the lease was acquired by RIT Capital Partners plc and an ambitious ten-year restoration project was carried out, under the chairmanship of Lord Rothschild. A large team of specialist craftspeople, historians, conservators and designers brought the interiors of the State Rooms back to their late-18th century splendour. Spencer House is now regularly open to the public for tours and as a venue for a range of private and corporate events.
This exclusive tour is led by Vicky Wilson, Collections Manager of Spencer House, and Ben Bacon, whose work at Spencer House includes the intricately carved and gilded replicas of original furniture and fittings designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.