In-Person Event: A Private Tour of Spencer House, London

Monday 20th May 11.00AM BST


Join us for an exclusive, private guided tour of one of London’s most elegant buildings and its stunning art collection.

Spencer House was commissioned in 1756 for John, later First Earl, Spencer and his wife Georgiana, nee Poyntz. The building was designed by John Vardy in the Palladian style, and created not only as a family home but a venue for entertaining and the display of their important art collection. In 1990 the building was officially reopened by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, a direct descendant of the First Earl and Countess Spencer, following an extensive period of restoration.

Our private guided tour will include a visit to the eight State Rooms, where we learn more about the history of the house and its famous occupants over the years. We will admire the many masterpieces of sculpture, furniture and painting, including works by Antonio Canova, Jacob van Ruisdael, Antonio Joli and Benjamin West. The tour will be led by Lindsay MacLeod, who is also a specialist guide at The British Museum and The Houses of Parliament.

Refreshments will be served in the Dining Room before the tour begins.

Please advise us by email of any food allergies or intolerances when booking.

Please also let us know if you have any accessibility requirements  – please note that the availability of seating is limited throughout the house.

This is an in-person event. Everyone is most welcome to join.

Spaces on this event are strictly limited, so early booking is advisable



Please arrive a little in advance of 11.00 when tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. The entrance is on St James’s Place which may be accessed either directly off St James’s Street, or by foot from Green Park via the Queen’s Passage alleyway.

The tour will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, so the event should end at about 1.00pm.

The price is £45 per person and includes a guided tour and refreshments.

Location and Directions:
Spencer House, 27 St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NR.

The nearest underground station is Green Park (Piccadilly, Victoria, and Jubilee lines). Use the Buckingham Palace exit for Spencer House. From Green Park cut through to St James’s Place via the Queen’s Passage. Turn right and Spencer House will be directly ahead of you. From St James’s Street, follow St James’s Place to the end and Spencer House will be on your left.

The nearest railway stations are Victoria and Charing Cross. Both are a 10-15 minute journey away by taxi or bus.

Further Information


Click on the gold “Book Now” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted. Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your receipt will be sent to this address, thank you.  If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items’ and ‘junk mail’ folders or click here for advice.

If making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses when booking them as separate participants.

We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked (please do let us know if you would like to do so, and give us the name of the person who will be taking your place).

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.

Image: Spencer House, copyright Paul Highnam, 2023