apsley house

Apsley House; the home of the Duke of Wellington

93 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7NT

Station: Hyde Park Corner

Ticket £ 11.5
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Apsley House to Hyde Park Corner was formerly the first structure you saw upon entering London from the west, and it was known as Number 1 or No 1 London.

This was the Duke of Wellington’s home, and the present Duke Wellington still lives there, albeit a portion of the house is available to the public and owned by English Heritage.

Even if you are not especially interested in the life of the Duke of Wellington (who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo), Apsley House is a remarkable portrayal of what an aristocratic residence was like in London in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The home has been preserved exactly as it may have been around 200 years ago. Another incentive to go is to see the original of Antonio Canova’s statue Napoleon Bonaparte as Mars Peacekeeper, of which a bronze duplicate may be seen at the Brera Academy in Milan.

There are also many paintings, including several Flemish school representatives such as Rubens and Brueghel,  Guercino and Guido Reni, as well as Velasquez and Goya.

Apsley House got its name because it was built in red brick for Lord Apsley circa 1771.

It was part of a stretch of aristocratic residences that were destroyed to make way for Park Lane.

Richard Wellesley purchased it in 1807, but when he ran into financial difficulties, he sold it to his brother Arthur, better known as the first Duke of Wellington.

How to visit Apsley House?

The good news is that you can visit the parts of Apsley House not inhabited by the Duke of Wellington.

In winter it is only open on weekends, while in summer it is open more frequently. You can see the opening times here .

How to get there: Hyde Park Corner Underground Station on Piccadilly Line
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