Description of Great Houses of London from Frances Lincoln
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'This lavishly detailed compendium suggest that the age of sophistication sustains' Mail on Sunday The great homes of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture but they are almost totally unidentified. They are for the most part camouflaged behind sober facades however their riches within are impressive. There are lots of architectural wonders, among them Robert Adam's 20 St James's Square and William Burges's Tower House. A number of - consisting of Bridgewater House with its Raphaels and Titians - have actually held great art collections. These are homes that hold extraordinary stories: half the Cabinet resigned after breakfast at Stratford House; and on 4 August 1914, at 9 Carlton House Terrace, then the German Embassy, young responsibility clerk Harold Nicholson deftly replaced one declaration of war for another. Excellent Houses of London unlocks to some of the best and grandest homes on the planet to tell the stories of their owners and passengers, artists and designers, their restoration, adaptation and change.