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Ely House

The Bishop's Palace

Mallett's London showrooms are in the spectacular Ely House, built as the London palace for Edmund Keene, the Bishop of Ely, in 1772.

Robert Taylor was employed by the Bishop to draw up the designs for the building, a renowned neo-classical architect famed for the figure of ‘the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, amongst other designs.

Chapter I

The Bishop's Palace

Robert Taylor's Original Designs
Ely House follows the traditional layout of most townhouses in the West End, comprising a block two rooms deep with a staircase behind. The original layout for the ground floor was for an entrance vestibule, dining room, morning room and chapel.
The first floor boasts a magnificent drawing room for entertainment, and former bedrooms occupy the upper floors and kitchens and servants’ quarters were sited in the basement.
The history behind Ely House enhances its charm: The Bishop's Mitre is still visible in the central roundel on the exterior of the building, and on a ground floor fireplace.

Chapter II

Later History

Later additions to the building still hold historical importance, such as the cast iron lions which guard the outside of the building, based on Alfred Stephen’s 1852 designs for the gates British Museum in 1852.

Ely House ceased to be an episcopal residence in 1909 and the Albemarle Club moved into the building, keen to escape the scandal of Oscar Wilde's receiving of the Marquess of Queensberry's note at their former premises.

When the club moved into the building, several changes were made to the interior, including the addition of a grand staircase leading from the ground floor to the first floor.he Grand Staircase is also a later addition, added by The Albermarle Club in 1909.

During World War Two, Ely House was used as the American Red Cross Inter-State Club and in more recent years it has served as the premises for a private bank.

Chapter III

The Bishop's Palace

‘The building bishops of the eighteenth century would provide the subject for an entertaining book.’ Christopher Hussey.

Inside Ely House

Ely House Entrance

Ely House Entrance

The Grey Room

The Grey Room

The Venetian Room

The Venetian Room

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase

We look forward to your visit at Dover Street.