The Albany, home to AJ Raffles

The Albany, home to AJ Raffles

Albany's bachelor flats - home to AJ Raffles and Lord Byron.

Location: Albany Court, St James, London

Description: Part club, part cloister, the Albany, is a discreet 18th centuiry mansion. It was named after the Duke of York, the second son of George III, who owned the central block. In 1804 it was converted into 69 chambers for bachelors. The grandest 15 are in the main mansion, others accessed via marble-lined corridors filled with stone busts of former residents.

According to the late antiques dealer and resident Christopher Gibbs, there was/is a rule list that goes 'no pets, no children, no whistling, no noise and absolutely no publicity'. Women were not permitted until the 1880's. When Prime Minister William Lambs wife Caroline Lamb disguised herself as a page boy to sneak into Lord Byrons set.

Famous tenants included William Gladstone, William Lamb, Edward Heath, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Bill Nighy, Lord Byron, Lord Snowdon, Aldous Huxley, Kenneth Clark, Terence Rattigan, JB Priestley, Canning and Lord Lytton.

Author EW Hordung, who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brother in law, created the fictional gentleman thief AJ Raffles, a diametric opposite of Sherlock Holmes, lived here.

Themes: LiteraryLiterary Theme  CelebrityCelebrity Theme
The Albany, home to AJ Raffles

Albany's bachelor flats - home to AJ Raffles and Lord Byron.

Ranking This Month: 1768/3019

Pages Hit This Month: 44

Your Comments:

Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code:

Other places nearby:

Roald Dahl's Studio», 3.0km

WT Stead lived here», 1.0km

Phileas Fogg lived here!», 0.2km

Goldsmith and Blackstone», 1.1km

Novelist James Hilton lived here», 9.0km

Writer Bret Harte lived here», 1.8km

Ernest Dowson Died Here», 7.0km

Bram Stoker's first London home», 0.7km

Home of poet Robert Browning», 2.0km

Will's Coffee House», 0.7km

Location Pinpointed: