Understanding Georgian & Regency London Houses

Living in the House

Here we see how Georgian and Regency house was lived in. The South Drawing Room at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is shown, with its striking yellow walls and furnishings. We also see the Breakfast Room at number 12, Soane’s first house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This was decorated with a pattern of trellis and honeysuckle on the vaulted ceiling.

Soane’s bedroom and bathroom in number 13 show the intimate aspect of his life and we see how water was brought into the house. Dining is shown in an elegant, Soane-designed dining room and we see a Georgian kitchen designed by a contemporary of Soane’s - James Playfair.

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A Georgian Kitchen

A Georgian Kitchen


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This is a design for a kitchen by the Scottish architect James Playfair, who lived from 1755 to 1794 and was close friend of Soane’s. Although it is for Anniston House, Angus in Scotland it has similarities with London kitchens. The house was designed for John Rait and built between 1784 and 1787.

This drawing shows the plan and laid-out wall elevations and was drawn in December 1786. Note the dressers to the left and right; that on the left is very similar to the one which still survives at the front kitchen in the Museum. There are drawers under the worktop and the space below that would be used to store pots and pans. Above the worktop are shelves which get wider and deeper as they go up for plates and dishes. On the elevation at the top is the space for the range - the equivalent of a modern cooker - and at the bottom the doors to the pantry and scullery. In the middle of the room Playfair has shown an elm table and to the right and left the sides of the table which show how a drawer and coal box are built into it.