Esoteric London

No. 549: Fleet Street, EC4

Posted in Architectural by esotericlondon on April 5, 2012

Prince Henry’s Room, Fleet Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

The mysterious Historic Room alluded to in the sign photographed above is Prince Henry’s Room and it can be found at 17 Fleet Street, in one of the few buildings in London that predate the Great Fire of 1666.

A false front to the building was removed in 1900 revealing the original 17th century half-timbered frontage, minus its bay windows but otherwise intact, preserved by the layers of paint which had accumulated over the years. The facade as you now see it appears in its original form.

However the building’s main attraction is the room on the first floor. Whilst some of its original oak panelling can still be seen the real treasure is the ceiling. It is one of London’s best Jacobian enriched plaster ceilings and it features in the centre  the Prince of Wales feathers with the letter P on one side and H on the other.

Unfortunately the exterior is all the curious visitor can see at the present time, the room being closed until further notice which seems a shame. R.D.