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“Self-indulgent guide made it a long, long 90 minutes”
Review of Spencer House

Spencer House
Ranked #343 of 1,695 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Restored to the full splendor of its late eighteenth-century appearance, this manor house was once the residence of the Spencer family, whose famous member was Diana, Princess of Wales.
Reviewed 13 October 2013

This property is one of (if not the only) private 'palaces' in London. Its worth a look for that reason alone, and even more so if you have fond memories of Princess Diana. Although she did not live there it was owned by her family.

This unique and remarkable property has been superbly restored by a very generous benefactor but be aware that the contents are largely sourced from other houses.

To inspect the house you must join a guided tour. Tours are only available on Sundays. And thats where the problem lies. Our tour guide peppered her tour with personal stories and irrelevant details and made it a frustrating 90 minutes. The tour would have been as informative and more enjoyable if there had been less self-indulgent waffle and a faster pace. At an average of between 10 and 15 minutes per room it could have been over in half the time.

Think hard about whether this is for you.

4  Thank SydneySydney66
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Well worth visting on a Sunday afternoon while in London.. Great tour around the house. Not to expensive. Friendly staff. The house itself is a real eye opener and the history that goes with it is very interesting as well. Great afternoon out for the family. Not to be missed.

1  Thank Frenchie246
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

A must for anyone on a sunday afternoon. This house has so much history attached to it. And is a wonderful house. However, I would loved to have found out more about the Spencers who lived there, the tour just touched on these and was more concerned about the furnishings. Very interesting house though, one must admit and very magnificent structurally. Quite grand in nature. Enjoyed my tour here.

2  Thank Eucharia P
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Very worthwhile visiting. And you can reserve a spot for their
Lectures only on Sunday's. I called and made a reservation.
House is beautiful and well maintained. Do note other lovely
Houses at St. James Place.

1  Thank CL2013_13
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We took our 2 teenage granddaughters to London (first time they had been there, and we only had 2 days before leaving for Scandinavia). I wanted them to see a large English mansion, and this is the one I identified. We had a very knowledgeable and interesting tour guide - we were impressed. Though there are many reproductions in the house, the story is interesting, and it's beautiful. Even two 16 and 14 year old girls enjoyed it.

1  Thank SharonSCalifornia
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