Londoners are a very lucky bunch when it comes to great art – we’re surrounded by some outstanding museums which covers nearly every genre. It may be this great quantity of art that can spoil us and make us forget that other parts of the United Kingdom have wonderful works just waiting to be discovered.
Two Temple Place is a grand Victorian house overlooking the Thames River. The building was previously owned by William Waldorf Astor, the American businessman and newspaper owner. While the house itself is worth admiring (I dare you not to spend more than 15 minutes on the staircase alone – it contains figures from ‘The Three Musketeers’, Astor’s favourite book), the home is dedicated to presenting works of art from outside London. It serves as a reminder that London may have plenty of art; our city doesn’t have everything.
Recent exhibitions include works from William Morris (whose influence you can see throughout the decor of Two Temple Place) and a collection of science specimens from Cambridge.
Two Temple Place has only been reopened to the public since 2011, so there are many Londoners who don’t know this house exists. Sneak into Astor’s grand home before the rest of London discovers this hidden treasure.