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Admiralty House

Grade I listed former Admiralty Building, behind Robert Adam's Admiralty Screen on Whitehall. Owned by Cabinet Office; works of art and antiques from Ministry of Defence Art Collection.

Architect

Ripley, Thomas/Pepys Cockerell, Samuel

Date

1785

Ripley Courtyard, Whitehall SW1A 2DY

Sun 10am-5pm. Last entry 4pm.

Embankment, Westminster

Charing Cross

11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 159, 453

  • Access for wheelchair users
  • Long queues likely

ADMIRALTY HOUSE Admiralty House was, from 1786 until 1964, the residence of the First Lord of the Admiralty. Sometimes described as the ‘smallest Great House’ in London, this elegant suite of rooms demonstrates the skill of its architect, Samuel Pepys Cockerell. Earl Howe, the First Sea Lord of the Admiralty in 1785, asked Parliament for a financial grant with which to build, ‘a few rooms wherein I might dwell in greater privacy’. The grant was made and the architect appointed. Pepys Cockerell’s solution to the problem of how to fit a grand house into a very small space was to turn the design sideways, with interconnecting main rooms. The steep, doubly-wound stair is lit by an elegant lunette.