Designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s, Apsley House is also known as No. 1 London, since it was the first building travellers glimpsed after the Knightsbridge tollgate. The Duke of Wellington took up residence after his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, and his descendants continue to live here, although ten rooms are open to the public. Besides some fine interiors and displays revealing the Iron Duke’s history, the art collection is one of London’s best. Among some 200 masterpieces, won through military conquests, highlights include a huge nude statue of Napoleon, and works by Spanish Golden Age painters Velázquez and Murillo. Visitors can buy joint tickets to the nearby Wellington Arch, which opened the heritage-oriented Quadriga Gallery in 2012.
Tel: 020 7499 5676
Entry Charges: Admission: Child £3.90, Adult £5.90-£6.50