The Lime Street Group were shown around Spencer House by Mrs Rosalind Hutchinson MBE, LFGRTG who is the Head Guide at Spencer House . Rosalind guided the group around the house revealing its splendours and social history .
Spencer House was built in 1756 for John and Georgiana Spencer (great-great-great-great-great aunt to Diana, Princess of Wales).
Charles Spencer, brother to Diana, is now its exalted owner. But it’s thanks to Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, that the house looks like the Georgian time machine it now is. Following decades during which the house saw every square inch of its innards ripped out, the Rothschild team spent ten years carrying out a no details spared restoration of the building, bringing it back to its former glorious self. Spencer House is now considered London’s finest surviving 18-century townhouse.
The art collection is also no less impressive than it once was, with several museum pieces on loan from such greats as the Royal Collection Trust, Tate and the Royal Academy. There is even a Canaletto.
The guided tour, lasted approximately 1 hour when the Lime Street Group thanked Rosalind for her very interesting and detailed tour and made their way to Davy’s St James Restaurant for a delicious lunch accompanied by a glass or two of wine .