When it’s sunny, as it is this morning and was yesterday, I take a short detour on my morning walk in order to walk up the side of Green Park. I like the views of the grand mansions which back on to the park, shut up tight after the entertainment of the night before. It starts with Lancaster House, built for the Duke of York in 1825 by Benjamin Dean Wyatt with an interior by Charles Barry and now used by the Foreign Office.
Immediately to the north is Bridgewater House by Barry, where parts of the Orleans collection were hung and could be visited by artists on the recommendation of an RA:
There’s a curious building just south of Bridgewater House which looks as if it’s stranded on the beachfront at Brighton:
The facade of Spencer House is hard to see, protected as it is by shrubbery. But at least one can see bits of John Vardy’s detailing and remember that for much of the postwar period it was converted into offices for the Economist: