Due to Lawrence having recently received some very good news I popped over to Marylebone way to celebrate with his colleagues in their local pub. After a few drinks two familiar faces walked into the pub, James and Luke, old work colleagues who I haven’t seen for years.
After a few hugs and exclamations of what a small world it is we continued our evening with our group now a bit bigger. They were kind enough to suggest we continue our celebrations at Home House where they are both members.
This was a new suggestion to me and after walking over to Portman Square and making our way inside you are met with the breathtaking and regal staircase that takes you to an array of rooms.
The interior of the house at No.20 Portman Square was commissioned by Elizabeth Countess of Home in 1773 with it’s sole purpose for entertainment. The interior includes numerous and grand reception rooms, parade rooms and many more.
We were lucky enough to explore through the rooms and one notable view was as you pop onto a balcony and look over the very quaint Home House garden which would be a perfect outdoor space during the summer.
Historians will be interested to hear of a few of the guests from around the late 1700s, the French ambassador, Duke of Newcastle and most interestingly Earl Grey. It was also used for filming of Annie Lennox’s 1992 music video ‘Walking on Broken Glass‘.
It became a private members club in 1998 after worries when it was vacant between 1989 – 1996 and added to the World Monuments Watch of List of 100 endangered sites.
The legacy still lives on and if you’re lucky enough to get an invite to pop in for a drink then I would thoroughly recommend.
Thank you James and Luke and hopefully we can repeat the rendezvous very soon!