Join us for the behind the scenes guided tour of the office and pied-a-terre of William Waldorf Astor, 2 Temple Place, Victoria Embankment. A hidden gem; lavish Victorian Gothic architecture with a wealth of fascinating detail personally chosen by William Waldorf to reflect his life. Our knowledgeable guide will tell us all about it. The building is now the offices and club for The Bulldog Trust.
Please book your ticket of £10 per person through the Society Office.
The tour takes 45 minutes but afterwards there will be an opportunity for a self guided visit to the John Ruskin exhibition which is celebrating the bicentenary of his birth. There is also a small cafe on the premises available for lunch.
After the event …
It was great to see so many members on this excellent tour, all the tickets were taken. It was most interesting hearing about the rather eccentric William Waldorf Astor and his “man cave”. How we would all like to have so much money to indulge in creating a working environment completely suited, and decorated to illustrate one’s life and taste. Our guide explained many of the details of the building. It was one of the first in London to have a telephone hence the sculpture on the front steps, as the cherubs move with the times. The Ruskin Exhibition is also to be recommended as it illustrates Ruskin’s many interests and talents. The exhibition runs till 22 April (open daily but closed Tuesdays).