Ten London Houses

Ref: C2422716

The course will look at ten houses built in London and some of the people who lived in them to illustrate aspects of the city’s architecture and history. Most of these houses were built after the Great Fire of London in 1666. 1. Introduction, 2 Temple Place; Astor the Merchant Prince. 2. Lambeth Palace; Continuing Tradition in the Church of England. 3. Spencer House; Creating an Aristocratic Town House. 4. Apsley House; Home for a Hero and Politician. 5. Dr. Johnson’s House, Gough Square; Georgian Literary Society. 6. Linley Sambourne House; Stafford Terrace, a Victorian Family Home. 7. Leighton House, Holland Park Road; an Artist’s Moorish Fantasy. 8. The Foundling Hospital; Caring for Georgian Orphans. 9. Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; Regency Architect’s Home and Collection. 10. 2 Willow Road; Erno Goldfinger’s Modern Home.

Course aim

We shall look at the history of London and its architecture through ten urban houses and their occupants ranging from the suburban Linley Sambourne House to aristocratic Spencer House.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise the main features of an Aristocratic Town House.
  • Understand how a house could be a home and place of work.
  • Appreciate how leasehold houses frequently changed occupants.
  • Recognise how fashion influenced the architectural styles chosen for these houses.
  • Understand how collections in a house can change how we relate to it.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need to bring nothing other than an interest in the history of London, Londoners and the city's architecture.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Ten London Houses


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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