Mansion House Tour 26th June 2018

Twenty-eight of us including guests met in The Wallbrook Hall where we were greeted by John Davies, the Keeper of said Hall who was our excellent informative and amusing guide for the tour.

One member made her timely entrance ringing the bell as the group were being briefed on fire drill!

Our tour began with a short briefing on the Mansion House before passing through the Waiting Hall and up the North West Staircase where we viewed some very fine Dutch and Flemish paintings, part of the Harold Samuel Collection, before arriving at the Saloon and Passage Room where guests are received if invited to a reception or other functions being held in the Egyptian Room. The Long Parlour to the right of the Passage was laid up and a privilege to view. A hidden door revealed a built-in pot cupboard for those caught short!

Magnificent chandeliers, The Nile Suite comprising 24 chairs and 3 sofas, statues, beautiful stained glass windows in the Egyptian banqueting hall and many fabulous paintings all contributed to a great visit before we were treated to a visit to the gold vaults. Priceless and amazing with many pieces used still today. Our last surprise, a quick look in the Gentlemen's Cloakroom, unique!

Following our visit fourteen of us made our way to Cote Brasserie near St Paul's where we enjoyed a relaxed and friendly lunch. Many thanks to Geoff for organising the day and due to other commitments was unable to join us.

Annie Robertson