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Private Tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Fine Rooms

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On offer is a private guided tour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Fine Rooms, located in King Charles Street, London. Architect George Gilbert Scott, in partnership with Matthew Digby Wyatt, built the Foreign Office as ‘a kind of national palace or drawing room for the nation’ with the use of rich decoration to impress foreign visitors. A rolling programme of restoration and refurbishment was carried out between 1984 and 1997 which brought the Fine Rooms and other public areas back to life.

The tour will include the Durbar Court, the courtyard at the heart of the India Office with its grand columns of polished red Peterhead granite and pavement made of Greek, Sicilian and Belgian marble, the India Office Council Chamber, with its lavish use of gilding, and the Grand Reception Room of the Locarno Suite, three rooms originally designed by Scott for diplomatic dinners, conferences and receptions.

For more information see https://www.gov.uk/government/history/king-charles-street

The tour is for a group of 6-8 people, will last for 45 minutes and must be taken during working hours on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Please enquire for information about step free access.


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