Hidden inside our houses and palaces are some of the shiniest treasures you’ll ever see. From gold plated bathrooms to dining rooms adorned with crystals, a visit to our London properties will give you a taste of “bling” across five centuries.
Experience cutting edge 20th-century design at this millionaire mansion created by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1936. The interior offers glamorous Art Deco and Swedish design, set against the medieval and Tudor royal palace and gardens. But the real talking point is Virginia's bathroom. With its vaulted ceiling, onyx mineral bath and sink, and decadent gold mosaic wall - this is surely one of London's blingiest bathrooms!
Home to the third Earl of Burlington, this Roman-style Palladian villa is a real feast for the eyes. Climb the stairs up to the first floor and you'll come across the Blue Velvet room. With its arresting blue velvet wall hangings and imitation-mosaic overhead featuring the goddess of architecture, it’s a wonder how Lord Burlington managed to get any work done!
Revel in the glittering treasures of this aristocratic mansion, located right in the heart of the capital at Hyde Park Corner. Meander your way through to the re-imagined Waterloo Gallery and the State Dining Room - where the first Duke of Wellington put on annual banquets to celebrate defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 – a ceremony that still takes place today. With its breath-taking central crystal chandelier and gilt Portuguese tableware service, the Duke certainly knew how to dazzle his guests.
Tucked away in the corner of Greenwich Park, this elegant Georgian villa is home to a glittering collection of jewels, art work and sculptures spread across 12 graceful rooms. Take in England's largest collection of Medieval and Renaissance jewellery, including Sir Julius Wernher's favourite selection of pendants set with opals, pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds. It's no surprise he was known as a bit of a magpie!
The grand house on Hampstead Heath, Kenwood, may be famous for its world-class art collection of Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings, but its miniatures collection is just as awe-inspiring. Feast your eyes on the Lady Maufe collection of miniature silver shoe buckles, which were all the rage in Georgian fashionable circles.[ssba]