Apsley House was the London home of the Duke of Wellington, Napoleon's victor at Waterloo. The Iron Duke had Benjamin Wyatt, (1775-c.1850), alter and extend the original 1778 building by Robert Adam which once adjoined the row of fine houses lining the Green Park end of Piccadilly. They were demolished in the 1960s to allow a new entrance to Park Lane. Now an English Heritage museum, it stands in solitary neo-classical splendour; its Corinthian columned portico facing Hyde Park Corner's green carrousel planted with spring crocus and daffodil, wherein stand the Wellington Arch, World War I monuments to the Royal Artillery and Machine Gun Corps, and Boehm's equestrian statue of the Duke himself.
A visit to Hyde Park Corner and this museum is a part of the Royal London Experience. The museum is devoted to the life of the "Saviour of Europe". He later became Constable of the Tower of London, Prime Minister under George IV and William IV, fought a duel with Lord Winchilsea in 1829, (pistols at dawn in what is now Battersea Park), and on his death in 1852 was given the greatest State Funeral London had ever witnessed, or is likely to witness again. Museum artifacts include the Duke's important collection of fine art, silver and porcelain as well as military memorabilia of the man who towered over London life throughout the first half of the 19th century. Spend additional time to visit the Wellington Arch museum opposite and enjoy the fantastic views over London from the top. English Heritage offer a joint entrance ticket for £6.30.