Historic Houses in London
Visit one of London's historic houses and learn about the people who lived there; view art and antiques; find out about historic interiors and design; or get inspiration from their exquisite gardens and grounds.
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Set in beautiful landscaped parkland in the midst of Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House is one of the most magnificent visitor attractions in London.
This elegant villa, remodelled by Robert Adam in the 18th century, houses a superb collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough, as well as the Suffolk collection of rare Elizabethan portraits.
Kenwood is Grade II on the English Heritage 'Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest'.
Opening times: Open daily 11.30am-4pm (Closed: 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan).
Entry cost: £0
Location: Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR »
The Queen's House
Built in the 17th century the Queen's House is now part of the National Maritime Museum and is the location for the museum's fine art collection.
Since 2001 the House has been reorganised to showcase the Museum's fine-art collection, with an ongoing programme of displays and temporary exhibitions, including contemporary work. It has an active events and education programme.
Location: Queen's House, Greenwich, London »
Hogarth bought the house to act as his familys country refuge, a weekend and summer home, away from the noise of his other home in what is now Leicester Square.'
The Hogarths extended the house and enjoyed the fruit trees and nut walk in the walled garden. Stepping through the gate you will see the ancient mulberry tree - the Hogarths are said to have made mulberry pies for the Foundling children who stayed with them.
Hogarth had a 'painting room' at the bottom of the garden where he was working until a few days before his death.
The restoration project steering group from the William Hogarth Trust has undertaken extensive research into the history of the Grade I listed house and its occupants. This provides the information for the new displays.
Opening times: , Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Little Holland House
Take a step back in time and visit the former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961).
The Grade II interior was created entirely by Dickinson, inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris and contains Dickinson's paintings, hand-made furniture, furnishings, metalwork and carving, in a unique fusion of Art Nouveau and the English Arts and Crafts style. With very limited finances Dickinson designed and built the house himself between 1902-04 - the ultimate in D.I.Y.!
Set in the heart of Fitzrovia, Fitzroy House is a fine example of London architecture dating back to the 18th century when this area was first built.
Fitzroy House is an original 1791 building. It imitates the designs of Robert Adam, the famous Georgian period architect, who, along with his brother, designed Fitzroy Square. The house is one of the last remaining structures on the block that retains its original exterior.
It now houses a museum on four floors, illustrating the life and work of L. Ron Hubbard. One floor is dedicated to an exhibition of his early life from Boy Scout to explorer, from top fiction writer of the 1930s and 40s to his later achievements as a humanitarian.
Opening times: The house is open all year round by appointment between 11am - 5pm. Phone +44 (0)207 255 2422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX »
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is next door to the The View and was built for Henry VIII in 1543. It was intended as a grandstand from which the King's guests could view the Royal hunt and participate by shooting the deer with crossbows from the upper floors.
In Tudor times, it would have functioned as a venue for royal 'corporate hospitality' as a means of displaying the wealth and power of the king. The Hunting Lodge is a remarkable and rare survival: an intact timber-framed hunt standing still surrounded by its medieval royal hunting forest.
Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Step back in time and explore the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, join in on a guided tour or walk, bring the family along for games, activities and discovery trails or simply unwind in the charming Gardener's Cottage Café.
Valentines Mansion is more than 300 years old. The house was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury. At that time the new brick house stood in open countryside, several miles from the edge of London.
Valentines welcomes families, and features a special room packed with hands-on fun. Get all dressed up in Victorian costume and pose for a portrait picture. Play cook at the mini kitchen range. Delve in to the history of Valentines on the touch screen computer. Take a trail around the house or gardens, or relax with a book or some jigsaws.
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Location: Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex 4XA UK »
Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.
Somerset House a place of inspiration; a distinctive platform for London showing great examples of the visual and performing arts and providing opportunities for everyone to participate.
Somerset House is developing a new sustainable model for running an arts and cultural centre in London without requiring regular funding from government but capable of providing a new cultural legacy for future generations.
If you are looking for a real Tudor house, you have come to the right place! The Tudor fireplace has genuine cooking utensils, plus there's a room devoted to the story of Henry VIII's fabulous Nonsuch Palace featuring a stunning scale model of the palace. For fans of the Stuart period see the unique 'Graffiti' door and the 17th century alcove; for Georgian visit the Porch Room with its mid-18th century wallpaper and period style window drapery.Alternatively, travel through the Victorian and Edwardian periods with the room settings and artefacts of the the Killick family, who lived here for over 200 years. All this and the original architecture plus later additions to explore; a Tea-room with home-made cakes, the tranquil walled garden, and a newly stocked shop!
Activities for children include Victorian and Tudor dressing up clothes and traditional toys. Wheelchair access to tea room and part of the ground floor. Key to the nearby Lumley Chapel available during opening hours. Art Exhibition space available. Apply to the Curator for details.
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