Georgian London

The Georgian era refers to years of immense social change between 1714 and 1830 when the Hanoverian Kings George I, George II, George III and George IV ruled Great Britain.

This period was characterised by the architecture of Robert Adam, John Nash and James Wyatt and the emergence of the Gothic Revival style.

In London, you’ll find lots of beautiful Georgian architecture, in particular garden squares including Manchester Square and Berkeley Square. Architect John Nash designed Buckingham Palace, while Robert Adam designed Syon House, Osterley Park and Kenwood House.

The paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, the young J. M. W. Turner and John Constable illustrated the changing world of the Georgian period and can be found in the Tate Britain.

In 2014 London celebrates 300 years since the start of the Georgian period, see below for a list of significant events and venues.

  • Buckingham Palace

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    Historic Site / House

    London, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA [map]

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    Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household.

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  • Hampton Court Palace

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    East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU [map]

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    Explore Henry VIII's majestic palace including his magnificent state apartments and the vast Tudor kitchens. Don't miss the haunted gallery, the Baroque Palace, the formal gardens and the famous maze.

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  • The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-60

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    The Queen's Gallery SW1A 1AA [map]

    The story of the first Georgian era illustrated with artistic treasures.

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  • Millennium Hotel London Mayfair

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    44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 2HP [map]

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    The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair is a four-star deluxe hotel situated in the heart of Mayfair. The hotel offers more than 300 guest rooms and was formerly a magnificent 18th century townhouse.

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  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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    Garden

    Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB [map]

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    Explore the world's most famous garden. Stroll a soaring walkway amid tree canopies and wander through extensive gardens under glass reaching up to 27°C.

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  • English Heritage: Wellington Arch

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    Hyde Park Corner, Adsley Way, W1J 7JZ [map]

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    Recently opened to visitors, this splendid triumphal arch at Hyde Park Corner was originally designed as a grand approach to Buckingham Palace.

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  • The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

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    136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8EA [map]

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    The Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Its focus is on the living rooms and gardens of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.

  • Tate Britain

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    Gallery

    Millbank, SW1P 4RG [map]

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    London's Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day.

  • Queen Charlotte's Cottage

    Historic Site / House

    Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB [map]

    Built in 1772, the cottage served as a summer house for George III and his wife Queen Charlotte, and was used for family picnics when they were staying at Kew Palace.

  • 10 Downing Street

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    The Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Westminster, SW1A 2AA [map]

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    10 Downing Street is home to the British Prime Minister.

  • Benjamin Franklin House

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    36 Craven Street, WC2N 5NG [map]

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    In the heart of London, just steps from Trafalgar Square, is Benjamin Franklin House.

  • Berkeley Square

    Garden

    Berkeley Square, W1J 6AF [map]

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  • Burlington Arcade

    Shopping Centre

    51 Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, W1J 0PZ [map]

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    The Burlington Arcade is one of the most beautiful covered shopping streets in Britain. This oasis of calm is one of London's hidden treasures packed with luxury accessories.

  • Dennis Severs House

    Historic Site / House

    18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX [map]

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    Visitors are invited to wander around the former house of artist Denis Severs.

  • English Heritage: Apsley House, The Wellington Museum

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    149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT [map]

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    Apsley House, magnificent home of the first Duke of Wellington is famously known as 'Number 1 London'.

  • Handel House Museum

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    25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB [map]

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    Handel House Museum was home to George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759.

  • Hogarth's House

    Historic Site / House

    Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, W4 2QN [map]

    Hogarth's House contains an extensive collection of prints and engravings by the artist William Hogarth.

  • National Trust: Rainham Hall

    Historic Site / House

    The Broadway, Rainham, RM13 9YN [map]

    An elegant and remarkably intact Georgian merchant’s house built in 1729 in the Dutch Domestic style of architecture; characterised by red brick and decorative stonework.

  • St Botolph's Church

    Historic Site / House

    Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AB [map]

    A 250-year-old church standing on an ancient site and built by George Dance the Elder, who also built the Mansion House.

  • Syon House & Gardens

    Historic Site / House

    Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF [map]

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    Syon House is the lavish home of the Duke of Northumberland, built in the 1500s.