Address: 149 Piccadilly, Belgravia, Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7NT
Apsley House, which stands on the south-east corner of Hyde Park facing the Wellington Arch, is a Grade I-listed building now open to the public as a museum and art gallery. Known as Number One London, the neoclassical townhouse – which was built in 1771 – is the home of the Dukes of Wellington.
Today Apsley House is run by English Heritage, although the 9th Duke still uses the building as a part-time residence. Little has changed inside the building since the Battle of Waterloo some 200 years ago, meaning it is arguably the finest example of a preserved aristocratic town house from this period.
What to see
Dozens of paintings from the Spanish royal collection are housed within the museum, along those from the British, Dutch, Flemish, Italian, German and French schools, plus much more. Porcelain, sculpture and furniture from the 1st Duke’s collection is also on display. In total there are almost 3,000 pieces of art in Apsley House, originating from around the world.
2015 has seen the launch of a brand new multimedia guide, which allows visitors to learn about the townhouse and Regency society in general. In the basement gallery, some items are now exhibited that have never been seen before, including fascinating military memorabilia such as medals and shields.
To mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, a new exhibition recreates the grand Waterloo Banquet. The banqueting table is decorated with beautiful silk flowers and laid out with the stunning silver centrepiece made for the Duke in Portugal.
- April 18th – November 1st: Weds – Sun 11:00 – 17:00
- November 2nd – March 24th: Sat – Sun 10:00 – 16:00
- Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Getting to Apsley House by Tube
The nearest London Underground station to Apsley House is Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly Line. It is just a two-minute walk from the attraction also Grand Royal London Hyde Park is nearest hotel some good facilities and rates
Getting to Apsley House by road
There is no parking available on-site – the nearest charged car park is on Park Lane, approximately 0.25 miles away. For disabled visitors to Apsley House there are limited free parking spaces, although there is no ramp available up the five steps to the door.