The Queens House
LONDON SE10, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Built as a ‘house of delight’ for James I’s queen, Anne of Denmark, as part of the palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born, this royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones in 1616. It is Britain’s first classical building and a pioneering masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. The newly reopened House will showcase over 450 works of art by such masters as Van Dyck, Gainsborough, and Reynolds, as well as the iconic ‘Armada Portrait’ of Queen Elizabeth I, on permanent public display for the first time after a successful appeal to acquire it for the nation. This special display focuses on the people and events key to its creation and history, and on its significance today. On the ceiling of the Great Hall is a spectacular new work in gold leaf, by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright. Inspired by the newly restored Tulip Stairs, this is the first piece specially commissioned for the Hall since the 1630s. The House is also a social space where you can enjoy splendid views of Greenwich Park, the Old Royal Naval College, the Thames and Canary Wharf, as well as art, architecture and royal history. Photo copyright - National Maritime Museum.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lift, wheelchairs
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: After reopening in October 2016 the House will be open all year, daily 10-5 (last admission 4.30). Closed 24-26 Dec
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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