Friends excursions: Lancaster House

Friends events

  • 18 August 2017, 11am — 12.30pm
  • 18 August 2017, 2.30 — 4pm

Booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 10am.

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Grand Hall, Lancaster House

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By popular demand, we return to the magnificent Lancaster House, whose sumptuous Louis XV interiors recently stood in for Buckingham Palace in the award-winning series, ‘The Crown.’

Dr James Yorke leads Friends on an exclusive tour of this splendid building that is widely considered to be one of the greatest surviving townhouses in London. Commissioned in 1825 by the ‘Grand Old’ Duke of York, the exterior was mainly designed by Benjamin Wyatt. It now forms part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is used to entertain foreign guests and dignitaries. The house has been used as a stand-in for Buckingham Palace in multiple films and television series, including The King’s Speech, The Crown and The Young Victoria.

On our tour we explore the Louis XV interiors, the enormous ornate staircase and the Grand Hall, seeing some fabulous examples of 16th-century French furniture along the way.

When booking for this event, please choose between the following two time slots: 11am–12.30pm or 2.30–4pm.

Please note official photographic ID will be required to be shown to security, or entrance may be denied. Acceptable forms of ID are: passport, driving license or freedom pass.

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  • 18 August 2017, 11am — 12.30pm
  • 18 August 2017, 2.30 — 4pm

Meet at Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St James's, London SW1.

£26.

Booking for Friends of the RA opens on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 10am.