A neo-gothic mansion- Two Temple place- is a place you must visit my friend Emma told me. And so I did and was not disappointed. I love slightly undiscovered places and going to London in the holiday season, it is nice to find somewhere slightly off the beaten track without huge queues of people. Somewhere where you can actually enjoy the displays.
Indeed, Two temple place, is an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment. The house was designed for use primarily as Astor’s estate office by one of the foremost neo-Gothic architects of the late nineteenth-century, John Loughborough Pearson. The opulence of detail is absolutely outstanding, gorgeous panelling, marble floors, carved staircase and stained glass. A lot of craftsmanship, money and thought created this extraordinary place. The characters from the Three Musketeers adorn the banisters of the main staircase, Dumas novel was Astor’s favourite.
This year’s show Cotton to Gold showcases in a cabinet of curiosity style some of the collections of the University of Cambridge’s eight museums.
I had a great time taking in the details of the building and also looking round the great exhibition. Maybe pictures talk for themselves for once. Going is a must.
My children all loved it in their own ways. My eldest, 11 did the amazing trail and got to open a padlocked chest to find…oh am not going to tell you..at the end. My 8 year old, 9 in three days might I add, armed with my old i-phone just took endless pictures. My 4 year old made herself at home and kicked off her boots and stared at the intricate ceilings lying on one of the comfy seats.
Enjoy x Natalia
http://www.twotempleplace.org exhibition till the 19th April 2015