Two Temple Place

Hidden London

2_Temple_Place_Event_Jack_Hardy_2014-170-300x200Two Temple Place was once the home of American businessman and politician, William Waldorf Astor.  Now home to a charitable trust, it opens its doors for only 3 months a year, with an annual exhibition of museum and art collections from outside London.  So until 19th April, you have the chance to view inside this neo-gothic gem, with its opulent rooms and ‘bizarre details’ (Donald Strachan).

William Waldorf Astor was also the owner of the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, who gained a peerage and became the 1st Viscount Astor.  Astor only left the US in 1891 following a family feud with an uncle and his wife, and later he attempted to escape press attention by faking his own death – a deception which didn’t last long.  As well as seeking a London home and office, Two Temple Place was designed to house Astor’s extensive collections, including works of art, books and musical instruments.

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