So I’ve enjoyed Open House this weekend. For those not familiar – ‘open house’ weekend occurs one weekend a year during which many of London’s normally private buildings open to the public, for free. I will probably blog about the buildings I saw yesterday, separately: the Royal Courts of Justice, the Institute of Pathology, the Royal Society and Marlborough House (home of the Commonwealth). All were interesting and open house really is a brilliant initiative.
Yesterday I was with friends, but today I took myself off to Belgrave Square, to the diplomatic residence of the Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom. About 20-25 mins walk north from me in Belgravia – home to many of London’s embassies and official residences.
Without further ado:
The 5-storey residence at 49 Belgrave Square
Artwork in one of the ground floor drawing rooms:
Picture featuring Andy Warhol in the lower atrium:
The ambassador’s office, strange doll/figure on his desk:
The office was lovely. Not huge but stunning fireplace and wallpaper. Quite an intimate space:
This piece of art on the first landing was rather disturbing:
This photograph, on the other hand, I very much liked:
Split-level view of the ground and first floors of the residence:
Last but not least, an ‘interesting’ piece of modern art in the little TV room that is connected to the ambassador’s study: