Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Greenwich, the Queen’s House is an elegant avant-garde building, bringing Classical architecture to England. Built in the early 17th century, designed by the architect Inigo Jones, this former Royal Palace was very much ahead of its time. Inspired and influenced by the Renaissance style in Italy, this classic white symmetrical appearance of Queen’s House was startlingly different from the familiar Tudor red brick palaces.
The Queen’s House is famous today for its original cobalt blue self-supporting spiral stairs, ornate painted ceiling, distinctive geometric black and white marble flooring and an internationally renowned art collection including works by artists, Reynolds, Turner and Hogarth. The striking beauty of this former Royal residence is the perfect space for corporate dinners and private parties, with spectacular views toward the River Thames.
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Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
The sweeping Tulip Stairs are one of the original features of the Queen’s House and the first geometric self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. Spiralling up beautifully through the building beneath a glass dome, the brilliantly blue wrought-ironwork stands in stunning contrast to the white walls surrounding it. Blue pigment paint wasn’t available when the staircase was originally painted so they used powdered crushed cobalt glass, ‘smalt’. The ironwork of the Tulip Staircase has been restored in recent years, but great care was taken to reproduce the original smalt finish.