Monday, 6 February 2017

2 Temple Place


Thanks for calling in.

If you are lucky, you might be visiting London when the annual exhibition is on at 2 Temple Place, a beautiful building, now owned by charity organisation the Bulldog Trust but which formerly was the office of William Waldorf Astor, who at the time was the wealthiest man on the planet. Coincidentally,  it was designed and finished by the same architects as the Fitzrovia Chapel I showed you the other day, John Loughborough Pearson and his son Frank, who also worked on the interior of Astor's other house, Cliveden, now owned by the National Trust.

Built between 1892-95, no expense was spared on the interior.  I suggest you have a wander round the house with this virtual tour, so much clearer than my no-flash photos. You might recognise it from Downton Abbey.

This year's exhibition is Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion and features work by John Piper, Duncan  Grant, Eric Gill, Eric Ravilious and even a sofa by Dali. The works have been collected together from galleries, museums and houses in Sussex and examines why radical artists and writers were drawn to the rolling hills.

For me though, the building is the star. There's even a café on site too.



  1. Sounds like another fascinating visit! A café always makes any visit even better too doesn't it!

    1. The cake was delicious and had a fancy name which I have promptly forgotten!