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Apsley HouseFrom 1817-52 the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington and known as 'Number 1 London', because after passing the Knightsbridge tollgates, this was the first house encountered. Presented to the Nation by the 7th Duke in 1947, Apsley House now contains the Wellington Museum. Of the original 18th century house designed by Robert Adam only two fine interiors remain, the Piccadilly Drawing Room and Portico Room. The Duke employed Wyatt to add the classical front, create new sections including the Waterloo Gallery and to clad the whole in Bath stone. The interior is rich in opulent 19th century furniture and all manner of personal artefacts, trophies, decorations and uniforms; presentations by royalty - especially porcelain; a nude statue of Napoleon, and an outstanding collection of Old Masters. The 'Iron Duke' celebrated his famous victory with an annual officers reunion held in the Waterloo Gallery; here the original banqueting table is laid with his Portuguese Service.
See Also: Hyde Park Corner - W1, Wellington Arch
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