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The Mansion House is one of the grandest surviving Georgian town palaces in London. Designed in imposing Palladian style by George Dance the Elder, its façade is a grand temple portico flanked on each side by a flight of stone steps.
It has been the residence of the Lord Mayor and his household since 1752, and although there has been a series of notable changes in both the interior and exterior, it still retains much of its original character.
The vaulted areas on the ground floor lead through to the entertaining and banqueting rooms on the first and second floors, still used today for entertainment and events of all kind. These include the opulent Salon, occupying the space of the once open courtyard; the magnificent Egyptian Hall, inspired by the description of such halls by Roman architect Vitruvius and decorated in grey and whites resembling the original stone colour; and the matching Drawing Rooms, created in their present form in the mid-19th Century.
A large ballroom and state bedrooms can be found on the second floor, which also houses the private apartments of the Lord Mayor and his family. Other spaces include staff rooms, meeting rooms and the cellars (formerly prisoners’ cells).
Feature films which have shot at Mansion House include The Death of Stalin, Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren, the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, and TV series You, Me and the Apocalypse and Netflix hit The Crown.
For more information, contact Nina Tsindides Nina.Tsindides@cityoflondon.gov.uk
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