Top 5 Georgian Buildings to visit in London
Countless Georgian designs can be seen throughout London. Rows and rows of terraced houses stand beside iconic Georgian buildings, characterised by the architecture of Robert Adam, John Nash and James Wyatt. There are amazing places to see, some buildings bigger and more famous than others, but all with incredible stories to tell.
1. Buckingham Palace
One of the most iconic buildings in London, home to the Queen and Prince of England and one of the world’s last remaining working royal palaces. Described as Neoclassical Architecture – the second important Georgian architectural style that came into fashion around the mid-18th Century – the palace is truly magnificent. With 775 rooms (78 of them bathrooms), tours of the palace give you a glimpse into the life of a royal.
2. 10 Downing Street
Number 10 Downing Street, home to The Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is one of the most famous Georgian houses in London. The iconic six-panel Georgian style front door is made from black oak and features a central doorknob, lion head iron door knocker, and brass letter plate. With its signature semi-circular fanlight window and typical Georgian ironwork designs, this terraced house oozes Georgian style and takes you right back to the 1600’s.
3. Marble Hill House
Located near Richmond, Marble Hill House is a lavish Palladian villa, surrounded by greenery and overlooking the Thames. It is the last standing grand house that bordered the Thames between Richmond and Hampton Court in the 18th Century. The house was initially built in 1724 for Henrietta Howard, mistress to the Prince of Wales. Its elegant interior, comprised of Georgian furniture and paintings, have been restored to recreate what life was like then.
4. Benjamin Franklin House
Built around 1730, this simple but beautiful townhouse near Trafalgar Square was home to Benjamin Franklin, an accomplished scientist, philosopher, inventor and Founding Father of the United States. Now open to the public, the building is the only surviving Franklin residence in the world. The visit offers a historical experience, which gives access to the house as Franklin would have known it.
5. Old Royal Naval College Chapel
Located in Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel was Henry VIII’s place of birth. It is one of Britain’s finest eighteenth-century interiors and a stunning example of Neoclassical architecture. The intricate details found throughout the chapel and Benjamin West’s altarpiece are reasons to go and visit. The chapel is still a working place of worship and holds regular services throughout the week. It also hosts events and performances, often featuring students and talented vocalists from across London. The chapel is open and free to the public every day.
Looking to discover more of Georgian London? Join Journalist and writer Sophie Campbell on a deep dive exploration of the city, looking for and learning about the Georgian buildings and gems hidden in plain sight.