Two 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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