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Kensington Gore history

This magnificent historic house stands adjacent to a small plaza dominated by a statue of Lord Napier astride his horse. The property was built by Sir Samuel of Samuel Montague Bank from 1873-75, and employed one of the most famous architects of the time, Samuel Whitfield Daukes.

 

At the turn of the century, it housed the head of the Sassoon family. When the Sassoons moved their Bombay headquarters to London, company chairman Albert Sassoon followed his brothers Reuben and Arthur and acquired Kensington Gore, which boasted two white-and-gold Louis XVI drawing rooms. Sassoon furnished the dining room with Jacobean furniture and a tapestry portrait of Queen Victoria. Woodwork in the house was carved and inlaid with ebony and ivory, which had been salvaged from the Prince of Wales’ pavilion at the Paris Exhibition.

 

Albert’s son, Sir Edward, married Aline de Rothschild from Paris, and after Sir Albert retired to Brighton, they moved into the Kensington Gore mansion. Aline became influenced by Margot Tennant Asquith and joined the Souls, a coterie of wits and statesmen formed to offset the raffish Marlborough House circle. When Sir Albert died, Edward succeeded to the baronetcy and became chairman of the firm. He had tired of Kensington Gore by then, however, and bought an imposing mansion at 25 Park Lane near Rothschild Row.

 

In 1985 Albert’s property company managed to persuade the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 to sell them the freehold of the building and spent more than five years of restoring and renovating the estate to its original glory.

 

The building has six stunning reception rooms, a billiard room, a dining room that can accommodate 32 people for dinner, 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 4 kitchens, an indoor swimming pool with three showers, 4 guest powder rooms, a magnificent gym, wine cellar, and a gated private drive. The roof garden overlooks Kensington garden and Hyde Park.

 

Come and enjoy seeing the splendour and magnificence of this historic mansion. A unique historic house tour London.

Location

Admission

A charge of £8 per person will apply (concessions £6) and advance booking is required for the historic house tour London.

 

To book tickets, please email sibel@gorepropertymanagement.com

Time

The historic house will be open to the public from 1st to 31st May 2019 from 2-5:30pm daily.

“Located just moments from the Royal Albert Hall, this imposing and magnificent mansion provides a wonderful experience for anyone interested in London’s history, period property, design and antiques. The estate’s features are simply exquisite and behind every door and corner sits another treasure just waiting to be revealed.”

Rooms with a view

The historic house features six reception rooms, a billiards room, powder rooms and more.

Ornate design

The historic house boasts two white-and-gold Louis XVI drawing rooms and the dining room features Jacobean furniture and a tapestry of Queen Victoria.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the opening of this historic house in London, or want to learn more about the house ahead of your visit, please feel free to contact us by email, telephone, or leave a message in the form opposite with your details…

25 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2ET

sibel@gorepropertymanagement.com