Apsley House

sights / Architecture

Apsley House information

London , United Kingdom
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner
Getting there
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
More information
adult/child £8.30/5, with Wellington Arch £10/6
Opening hours
11am-5pm Wed-Sun Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun Nov-Mar
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This stunning house, containing exhibits about the Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo against Napoleon Bonaparte, was once the first building to appear when entering London from the west and was therefore known as 'No 1 London'. Wellington memorabilia, including the duke's death mask, fills the basement gallery , while there's an astonishing collection of china and silver, and paintings by Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Brueghel and Murillo and Goya on the first-floor Waterloo Gallery.

The stairwell is dominated by Antonio Canova’s staggering 3.4m-high statue of a fig-leafed Napoleon with titanic shoulders, adjudged by the subject as ‘too athletic’. Another highlight is the elaborate Portuguese silver service, presented to Wellington in honour of his triumph over ‘Le Petit Caporal’.