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Apsley House facing Hyde Park Corner is the ancestral  home of the Duke of Wellington and is the best preserved Georgian townhouse in London.

The Duke of Wellington famously defeated Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo and served twice as Britain’s Prime Minster. 

Construction originally started in 1771 and the building is now the London home of the 7th Duke of Westminster, who occupies the top two floors. The ground and first floor is  a museum, run by English Heritage and a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Fascinating Fact: Known as No 1 London, as it was the first house travelers’ saw as they passed the Knightsbridge tollgate on their way into the city

Photograph by Anthony O’Neil, Geograph