English Decorating Books: The Great Houses Of London

The Great Houses Of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are almost entirely unknown. From the romantic 17th century Ashburnham House, nestling in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, through the splendid 18th century aristocratic palaces of the West End, to the curious and quirky arts and crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington, to the cool modernist houses of Hampstead and the exuberant post-modern interiors of the last thirty years, every house has its own story to tell.

This book opens the door to more than forty houses, including various Embassies such as the US embassy at Winfield House. It tells the stories of owners and occupiers, architects and designers – such as Robert Adam. The book is not only about architecture, but about people, whose social, artistic and political ambitions, and manner of living, are vividly brought to life.


“This magnificent book, the fullest account ever written on its absorbing subject, will come as a revelation, even to those who think they know London, for many of the great town mansions featured in it, a good number of which are still in private occupation, are very little known and have never been illustrated before… a major contribution to British architectural and social history.” – Professor David Watkin, Professor Emeritus, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

By Lilly Ford

“The title truly speaks for the contents of this attractive book.It is large,very well bound and documents over 40 houses across London. Each house is given 4-6 pages with a brief text at the beginning summarizing the history and architectural significance of each one of them. The photos are the true star of this book, and it is generously loaded with hundreds of large bright color photographs showing the immaculate architectural details and rich interiors, all the houses get 1-2 external views as well. Most of the houses chosen rarely appeared before and the photos are specially commissioned for this book making it a beautiful addition to any architecture library and would also make a stunning coffee-table book”

By Byrdman “Paul Byrd”

” Having been to London twice in my life, I often went by regal homes, and tidy facades, wondering what was inside. This volume takes you there. Of the many houses featured, there is ample text to explain the provenance of the place, and the photography is as outstanding as the magnificance of the architecture, the extreme detail, and the sheer beauty of staircases, dining rooms, drawing rooms and libraries. After looking at this book, you understand completely why Churchill was so adamant that he would not preside over the decline of the British Empire. Remove from your mind the ideas of property taxes and maintenance and simply enjoy what is presented in this wonderful work. The small purchase price of this great work is nothing in significance to the treats that will unfold before you. Highly recommend.”

Picture Sources And Credits-

– Old palaces For New Plutocrats- The Spectator

-Book Review: Great Houses Of London- Londonist

-Photo-Op: Household Gods- WSJ.com

-Our obsession With Security Is ‘closing’ London- As a new book explores the great houses of the capital, it also raises the question why so many are inaccessible- London Evening Standard

– Visit London’s Terraced Homes- Victorian Homes

– Stairway to Heaven- The Sunday Times

-Pilfer From The Most Posh Houses In The U.K.- The National Post

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