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Weekend Wanderings

23 March 2015

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Last Saturday I hopped on the tube and made my way to Two Temple Place - an extraordinary late Victorian building tucked away on Embankment behind the Strand. Few people seem to have heard of Two Temple Place (I only heard about it a couple of weeks prior to my visit), it’s rather unassuming from the outside and you could barely tell it was open to the public if you passed it on the street. However, if like me you are fascinated by neo-Gothic architecture, the inside will blow you away.

There’s only a limited period of time in which you can visit Two Temple Place. Every year they hold a free winter exhibition between January and April. This year, the exhibition is called Cotton To Gold and showcases a diverse collection of items purchased wealthy cotton mill owners in the north-west of England during the 19th century. I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t really there for the exhibition, I mostly just wanted to see the interior of the house although there were a few artefacts that did catch my eye.

Two Temple Place

After seeing the exhibition I wandered down the Strand to Somerset House and found they offered free guided historical tours of the building on Thursdays and Saturdays. I signed up for the next tour but had a bit of time to kill before it started so I walked down to Trafalgar Square to see the newest sculpture on the Fourth Plinth.

Even though I’ve walked past Somerset House loads of times and even ice skated there during winter, I’ve never spent much time inside. I found the guided tour to be highly informative and I learnt a lot about the Tudor history of the building. There are also plenty of opportunities to photograph some #staircaseporn over the course of the hour.

Somerset House

How was your weekend? Let me know what you got up to!

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