Clarence House is a British royal residence on The Mall in the City of Westminster, London, which stands beside St James's Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs of John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence. Today Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Clarence House is a British royal residence on The Mall, in the City of Westminster, London. It is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in London and the official residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It was built by John Nash in 1825-27 for George III’s third son, the Duke of Clarence, and was previously home to Queen Elizabeth’s ‘The Queen Mother’ for almost five decades.
Attractions at Clarence House
- The elegant and stylish building contains some fine collections of royal artworks, silver, porcelain, and other treasures and offers visitors the chance to visit another royal residence in the summer months.
- The Clarence House includes five ground-floor rooms, which are used for entertaining, and the house has been home to various monarchs and members of the royal family and contains a wealth of heritage and history.
- In the Duke of Clarence's time the Lancaster Room, the first room off the Hall, was the Equerry's Room and has served as a waiting room for visitors ever since. The Morning Room was originally designed as the breakfast room. The large window into the garden was added by the Duchess of Kent around 1841. The Library was used by The Queen Mother for intimate dinners when she lived in the house. The Dining Room is enhanced with gilding and ceiling decoration from the early 1900s. The Garden Room was created from two rooms that Princess Margaret lived in before her marriage.
- Back in 2002-03 the residence was renovated and redecorated for the arrival of the Prince of Wales. The house symbolizes an important part of the UK's national history and heritage thus the property was renovated to preserve it.
- The tour of Clarence House begins in the garden, where you can see the formal area added by The Prince of Wales in 2004–5 in memory of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The planting was laid out to His Royal Highness’s design by members of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
- The Prince of Wales formally moved into the house in August 2003 and with the Prince involved in several projects and charities, the profile of the house in the public consciousness has increased over time. As a result of the renovation new colour schemes for most rooms were introduced along with new textiles and art pieces from the collections of the Prince of Wales and the Royal Collection.
- The Main rooms of the house are currently used by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for occasions such as receptions, receiving official visitors to the UK from all over the world, and official entertainment.
- The Royal Collection and the collection from Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother are available for the public to view. The wonderful collection particularly in British art in the 20th Century contains several important and heralded works by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, and Augustus John among others.
Shopping at Clarence House
Clarence House Shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the House's interiors and the works of art in the Royal Collection. You’ll find homeware, China, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books, and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.
Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic houses in London. An interesting place to visit considering Prince Charles still lives there. A worth visiting attraction for all London visitors.