During the 17th century the Queen’s House was a royal ‘House of Delights’: a luxurious retreat for Kings and Queens, a place of pleasure for court favourites, and a thriving studio for artists and craftsmen.
Since then the Queen’s House has shaped the Greenwich you see today. When architect Sir Christopher Wren began work on what is now the Old Royal Naval College, Queen Mary II had one instruction: the new building should not block the views of the River Thames from the Queen’s House. Thanks to her intervention, the House now sits at the centre of one of London’s most inspiring vistas.
The iconic Tulip Stairs are not only insta-ready: they’re the first of their kind.
When the staircase was installed in the Queen’s House, it was the first unsupported spiral staircase in Britain. Even today the stairs seem to defy gravity, with its captivating spiral linking the upper floors with the dramatic Great Hall.