Queen’s House

Historic Building in Greenwich & South London

The first Palladian building by architect Inigo Jones after he returned from Italy is as enticing for its form as for its art collection. The house was begun in 1616 for Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, but was not completed until 1638, when it became the home of Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria. The beautiful helix-shaped (and reportedly haunted) Tulip Stairs form England's first set of centrally unsupported stairs: they constitute a peerless photo op for upward shots.

The Great Hall is a lovely cube shape with an elaborately tiled floor, laid in 1635 and best viewed from the gallery. Turner Prize–winning artist Richard Wright recently worked on a fine and intricate design for the ceiling in gold leaf. Don't miss the immaculately restored painted ceiling in the Queen's Presence Chamber on the 1st floor. An ambitious restoration of the house was unveiled in 2017, with 22 rooms in Queen's House devoted to art over a 400-year period, marking the building's 400th anniversary.