History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Adam interiors
The Grade II listed building that acts as the London headquarters for Asia House was begun by the Scottish brothers James and Robert Adam, in their typically elegant neo-classical style. The land on New Cavendish Street was then part of the Duke of Portland's Marylebone estate.
However, the building work progressed slowly, and by 1775 Robert Adam had turned his attention to Portland Place, so the completion of the project was handed over to John Johnson. Johnson designed a large, elegant townhouse, while the interiors included bookcases designed by Sir John Soane. The rooms retain many of their original period details, including plasterwork cornices.
What is immediately striking about Asia House is that the exterior is so understated, giving no hint of the richly decorated interiors.
Due to the busy programme of events sponsored by Asia House perhaps the best time to explore the building's architectural heritage is during the annual Open Days heritage event.
Asia House is easy to find; it stands on the north side of New Cavendish Street one block west of Portland Place. The closest tube station is Regents Park, about 10 minutes walk to the north.
About Asia House
Address: 63 New Cavendish Street, London, Greater London, England, W1G 7LP
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Asia House
Phone: 020 7307 5454
OS: TQ287 817
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: Regent's Park - 0.3 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
All Soul's Church Langham Place - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
The Wallace Collection - 0.3 miles (Museum)
All Saints, Margaret Street - 0.4 miles (Historic Church)
Fitzroy House - 0.4 miles (Historic House)
Handel & Hendrix in London - 0.5 miles (Museum)
Pollocks Toy Museum - 0.5 miles (Museum)
Grant Museum of Zoology - 0.6 miles (Museum)
The Sherlock Holmes Museum - 0.6 miles (Museum)
Nearest Accommodation to Asia House:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')