Fri 12th July 2019 1.45 pm
Lambeth Palace has been the London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury for over eight centuries. The building is Grade I listed, and the early Tudor gatehouse resembles that at Hampton Court palace. Victorian additions were made to the Palace by Edward Blore, who would go on to re-design Buckingham Palace.
The original Great Hall was ransacked by Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War but was rebuilt after the Restoration ; described by Samuel Pepys as a “new old-fashioned hall” . The Palace is also home to the official Library of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which constitutes the largest religious collection outside the Vatican, and contains manuscripts dating back as far as the 9th century.
The tour includes the elegant State Rooms, the Archbishop’s chapel – in use since the 13th century -where the daily cycle of worship takes place, and the crypt beneath. Portraits of Archbishops going back to the early 15th century can also be viewed. Lambeth Palace has the longest unbroken line of portraits of office holders, other than monarchs, in the country. They include works by Holbein, Van Dyck, Hogarth and Reynolds.
The visit includes a walk in the gardens, and concludes with tea in the State Drawing Room, not normally open to visitors.
Members may bring 1 guest. Tickets £20, from the Box Office at the Cadogan Hall, 3 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ in person (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm (Sunday 12 noon – 6pm – performance days only) or by phone 0207-730-4500 (booking not available online). A charge is made by Cadogan Hall for card payments so it is better to book in person, or by post, with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall.