Two Temple Place
Two Temple Place
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Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 2 min walk
  • Blackfriars • 8 min walk
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  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom2,671 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely AMAZING!
    Truly, no expense was spared to make this building from the late Victorian era look the best that it could be! I knew it was going to be good - but it is great! We went for a family day with our grandchildren - free! - but they often have exhibitions. But the building is the star! Amazing!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • hilary d
    London, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Temple Place 11.2.23
    We love visiting Two Temple Place,its a while since our last visit,pre covid,I think! We were here for the glass exhibition which was very interesting,I love the stained glass windows and also some of the more unusual exhibits,the pyrex dish amused me as we have an identical one at home! We have been to the Stained Glass museum in Ely and will continue enjoying this unique art form!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Robert D
    3,873 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful art in a historic building
    Two Temple Place is a historic building. They are open only three months a year, when they have an art exhibition. This year's exhibition is "The Glass Heart: Art, Industry, & Collaboration". It featured different types of glassware. There is a piece of stained glass titled "Expulsion from Paradise - Adam and Eve Before God". It was designed by Christopher Whall ca. 1880 and was originally in St. Etheldreda's Roman Catholic Church in London. I was amazed by the model of the ship Endeavour inside a glass bottle. It was made in the 1980s by Litchfield Glass. (Captain Cook discovered Australia in 1770 while on this ship.) The "Chair from Half-Life" was made in 2017 by Elliot Walker from uranium hot sculpted glass. In a work of stained glass by Pinkie Maclure titled "The Soil", the urinating female gardener is replenishing the topsoil that is fast being dangerously depleted. It was an interesting exhibit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 May 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Two Temple Place is a historic building. They are open only three months a year, when they have an art exhibition. This year's exhibition is "The Glass Heart: Art, Industry, & Collaboration". It featured different types of glassware. There is a piece of stained glass titled "Expulsion from Paradise - Adam and Eve Before God". It was designed by Christopher Whall ca. 1880 and was originally in St. Etheldreda's Roman Catholic Church in London. I was amazed by the model of the ship Endeavour inside a glass bottle. It was made in the 1980s by Litchfield Glass. (Captain Cook discovered Australia in 1770 while on this ship.) The "Chair from Half-Life" was made in 2017 by Elliot Walker from uranium hot sculpted glass. In a work of stained glass by Pinkie Maclure titled "The Soil", the urinating female gardener is replenishing the topsoil that is fast being dangerously depleted. It was an interesting exhibit.
Written 12 May 2024
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Yas52
London, UK501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was my first visit to this incredible place. The current exhibition is about glass and is thought provoking. The actual building is gorgeous. It's free to get in, so really worth a visit.
Written 25 February 2024
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hilary d
London, UK761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We love visiting Two Temple Place,its a while since our last visit,pre covid,I
think!

We were here for the glass exhibition which was very interesting,I love the stained glass windows and also some of the more unusual exhibits,the pyrex dish amused me as we have an identical one at home!

We have been to the Stained Glass museum in Ely and will continue enjoying this unique art form!
Written 13 February 2024
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Clive W
Orpington1,907 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This review is specifically related to the exhibition on "The Glass Heart: Art Industry and Collaboration"

My friend and I visited on a Friday morning and a queue had formed for the 11 a.m. opening. There were so many visitors it was difficult to view the displays and read the notices. We decided to start at the end and work backwards in the hope of there being fewer visitors, but this strategy did not work as more people kept arriving. A guide told us it was quieter after 3 p.m.

We both hoped to see some beautiful glass, but we were disappointed. There are some worthwhile exhibits showing the Great Exhibition (Crystal Palace), stained glass window designs by the art/craft movement, 4 cut glass wine glasses, glass looking like Wedgewood pottery and ships in bottles. There are a couple of videos, if there is space to see them. The Great Hall and staircase well have glass art by modern designers, most of whom have a political/social message. We did not find these modern designs appealing. This is glass art with a “message” which needed to be explained. One huge design showed a woman urinating. Hardly the beauty we hoped for.

I was unable to discern a rationale behind what had been selected for display. The items seemed random. The notices were often positioned so one had to crouch down to read them.

2 Temple Place is an amazing building, so it is worth going to the exhibition just to see the building. We had both been several times before so the building was not new to us.
Written 11 February 2024
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Crazy_Jim_83
London, UK1,579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Went to see the glass exhibition which was good in and of itself. Made better by the arrestingly unique architecture and decorative figures in the building. Worth visiting when open and perusing.
Written 1 February 2024
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Truly, no expense was spared to make this building from the late Victorian era look the best that it could be! I knew it was going to be good - but it is great! We went for a family day with our grandchildren - free! - but they often have exhibitions. But the building is the star! Amazing!
Written 1 September 2023
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55mo55
London, UK234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Have been looking forward to seeing this for months. Outside a lovely building topped off with a magnificent weather vane, inside a woodwork lovers dream. Beautiful and so tactile, what is particularly amazing is that it has gone through so many changes of use. This would normally mean disaster for the internal fittings, but congratulations to the various owners for not destroying what is just lovely
Written 7 April 2023
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rita c
Southampton, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We found this architectural gem by chance,and how luck we were to be able to visit when an art exhibition was on.
Great guides to keep you up to speed with the details of the former owner William Waldorf Astor.
Fabulous woodwork and stainless Windows.
A must see when your in London
Written 7 February 2023
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solenodon_joe
London, UK236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Recommended to me by a friend, really enjoyed my visit. A hidden jewel in plain sight! Wonderful building but an intriguing history. Only open from January to April, visit the place you won't regret it
Written 6 March 2022
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Fudge03
Sussex, England1,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Went to the exhibition BODY, VESSEL CLAY which was beautiful in this setting. It was an interesting mix of modern and contemporary work, though not quite as radical as one might think from the publicity - the modern work from the 1950s on was extraordinary, the contemporary work upstairs perhaps not quite so special. Beautifully laid out with good interpretation. The volunteer invigilators are better briefed on the building that the work.
Written 3 March 2022
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