London’s Best Historic Houses

AlthoughLondonis a vibrant and diverse modern city with plenty of stunning architectural wonders and skyscrapers donning the skyline, it is also a city which has lots of history.  Leave behind the modern and discover some ofLondon’s best historic sites and houses:-

 Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace was King Henry VIII’s favourite London residence; so much so that he took ownership of it from Cardinal Wolsey who was the original owner and designer of the palace!  You can experience the Great Hall complete with Henry VIII’s favourite tapestries, wander through 60 acres of gardens, try not to get lost in the world famous maze, or discover what Henry VIII was like before he became the notorious Tudor King in the exhibition dedicated to his younger life.

Lambeth Palace

Lambeth Palace is set on the south bank of the River Thames and has been the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury since the 13th century.  This imposing riverside palace is open to the public but you must book a place on a guided tour which will take you through the Archbishop’s State Rooms, the 13th century Chapel and the ancient Crypt.  The gardens here are also home to the Lambeth Palace Library which has an impressive collection of documents relating to the Church of England and are freely accessible for those who wish to carry out research.  If you are staying in The Montcalm Club hotel then you should find it quite easy to reachLambethPalace by public transport or on foot.

Chiswick House

Located in west London, Chiswick House is one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in the UK and it’s all thanks to the travels of the third Earl of Burlington who was inspired by a visit to Italy.  Chiswick House was the Earl’s homage to the work of Palladio, the Renaissance architect but there is more to see here than just the impressive exterior.  Inside the interior furnishings and design, not to mention the impressive art collection are all worth seeing and from the Montcalm Brewery Hotel it would be just a short journey to the House.  The Gardens are pretty striking too.

Osterley Park and House

Surrounded by parks and farmland, Osterley is one of the last remaining country estates in London; built in 1575 it showcases neo-classical design and is surrounded by 350 acres of landscaped park, farmland, pleasure gardens and ornamental lakes.  Visitors come from all over to experience the gardens alone although the house itself is also a real treat.

Leighton House

Leighton House was the home and studio of Victorian artist Frederic, or Lord Leighton.  The inside of the House is absolutely awe-inspiring from the Arab Hall to the collection of paintings and sculptures created by Lord Leighton himself and other great artists of the period.  The rooms have been renovated and restored to sympathetically reflect the era of Lord Leighton and there is a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions as well.

 

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