We have arranged a guided tour of Apsley House and the Wellington Arch on Friday 12 July. The house opens to the public at 11:00 am but we are being allowed in a little earlier, which will allow us to get started on the tour ahead of the throng, and will spend about an hour in the house and then 45 minutes or so at the Wellington Arch across the road.
Apsley House was purchased by the Duke of Wellington from his elder brother Richard Wellesley in 1817, when he needed a London base to pursue his new career in politics. Wellington commissioned the architect Benjamin Wyatt to remodel the house substantially over the following decade. Because it was the first house passed by travellers from the west after the toll gate at Knightsbridge, it acquired the nickname Number One London. At its prominent position overlooking Hyde Park Corner, Apsley House is a familiar sight to countless Londoners and visitors. Within it you will find great rooms, lavish decoration and exquisite antiques: it is one of the grandest and most historic houses in London.
Afterwards lunch has been arranged at El Pirata in Down Street, a very authentic and well regarded Spanish restaurant where we will be offered a range of tapas.
The cost including the visit and lunch with wine is £72.50 per person. Please book no later than Tuesday 2 July, either here online or by downloading a booking form to post or email to the Secretary.