London Montage

22 Whitehall Tour (Once The Admiralty)

Date: 2 June 2015 11:00

The Admiralty complex lies between Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall  and includes five inter-connected buildings.  The Admiralty no longer exists.

The Admiralty

The oldest building was long known simply as The Admiralty; it is now known officially as the Ripley Building, a three storey U-shaped brick building designed by Thomas Ripley and completed in 1726. 22 Whitehall jpgAlexander Pope implied the architecture is rather dull, lacking either the vigour of the baroque  style which was fading from fashion at the time, or the austere grandeur of the Palladian style which was just coming into vogue. It is mainly notable for being perhaps the first purpose built office building in Great Britain. It contained the Admiralty board room, other state rooms and offices and apartments for the Lords of the Admiralty.  Robert Adam  designed the screen which was added to the entrance front in 1788.

During this exclusive tour Charlotte, The Curator will provide an insight into the history of this magnificent building and also have the opportunity to view some of the Naval related artefacts.  The building is currently owned by the Department for International Development. London PA Network will be joined by veterans of HM Forces, some of whom participated in VE day events and some who worked in this building at various times.


1100 – 1300 appx –  Tour of 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2AG  –  Department for International Development(DfID)  – please note this is a working government building and it may be necessary to wait for your escort although every endeavour will be made not to keep you waiting

1315 – 1515 appx  – Lunch at    13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ


£15 to include tea /coffee and biscuits prior to tour and lunch. Book here and follow instructions – please book by Tuesday, 26 May 2015.  To proceed to scroll though the site please remember to click ‘Allow’ at the top of the screen to proceed.


Department for International Development, 22 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EG

Public Transport

By Underground: Charing Cross: Bakerloo and Northern Lines; Embankment: District & Circle, Bakerloo and Northern Lines and frequent buses to Whitehall.



Location: Department for International Development (DFID)