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Kensington Palace

London, W8 4PX, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

Generations of royal Women have shaped this stylish palace. The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, the palace first became a royal residence for William and Mary in 1689.

 
 
Tower of London

London, EC3N 4AB, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

One of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. Begun in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the Tower has been a palace, prison, treasury, arsenal and even a zoo! Today the Tower houses the priceless Crown Jewels.

 
 
 
Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU, Tel: 0870 752 7777

500 years of royal history. Impressive architecture and opulent interiors of the state apartments and the vast Tudor kitchens. 60 acres of stunning riverside gardens including the world famous maze.

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Chiswick House
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Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP, Tel: 020 3141 3351, Email

Chiswick House is one of the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture.

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Spencer House

27 St James's Place, London , SW1A 1NR, Tel: 020 7514 1958, Email

Spencer House, built 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97), is London's finest surviving 18th century town house.

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  • Rail station: Green Park (0 mile)
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Somerset House

Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, Tel: 020 7845 4600, Email

Somerset House is home to the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery of world famous paintings, the magnificent Gilbert Collection of decorative arts & the Hermitage Rooms, an exhibition of treasures from The State Hermitage Museum.

 
 
 
Keats House
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Keats Grove, Hampstead, London, NW3 2RR, Tel: 020 7332 3868, Email

This Grade I listed Regency house is where the poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820 with his friend Charles Brown. Here he wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale' and met and fell in love with Fanny Brawne.

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  • Rail station: Belsize Park (0.7 mile)
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Dr Johnson's House

17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE, Tel: 020 7353 3745, Email

Early 18thC house with a collection of portrait prints of Dr Johnson and his circle of friends.

 
 
 
Houses of Parliament
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Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA, Tel: 020 7219 4114, Email

Tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics, and stunning art and architecture.

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Kew Palace

Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

Kew Palace is the smallest and most intimate of the royal palaces.

 
 
 
Turner's House

40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR, Email

Sandycombe is currently undergoing an extensive conservation programme and is scheduled to open to the public in early summer 2017, when we look forward to welcoming visitors. Keep up to date: www.turnerintwickenham.org.uk

 
 
 
Banqueting House

Horse Guards, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER, Tel: 0844 482 7777, Email

This revolutionary building, is the first in England to be designed in a Palladian style by Inigo Jones. The Banqueting House is most famous for one real life drama, the execution of Charles I.

 
 
 

Westminster Cathedral

 
Westminster Cathedral

Victoria, London, SW1P 1QW, Tel: 020 7798 9055

Called 'A Series of Surprises' because of its unique architecture, mosaics and marble decorations. Westminster Cathedral was begun in 1895.

 
 
 

Leighton House Museum

 
Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ, Tel: 020 7602 3316

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth

 
 
 

18 Stafford Terrace

 
18 Stafford Terrace

18 Stafford Terrace, London, W8 7BH, Tel: 020 7602 3316

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and live-in servants.

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Fitzroy House

 
Historic Houses Association Member

37 Fitzroy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6DX, Tel: 020 7255 2422

Built in 1791, Fitzroy House was formerly inhabited by playwright George Bernard Shaw. Today it shows the life and work of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, who worked there in the late 1950s.

 
 
 

Burgh House

 

New End Square, Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT, Tel: 020 7431 0144

Set in the heart of Hampstead village, Burgh House is a Grade I Queen Anne Listed building with a terraced garden and licensed basement buttery.

 
 
 

PM Gallery and House at Pitzhanger Manor House

 

Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ, Tel: 020 856701227

Pitzhanger Manor-House is a restored Georgian villa, once owned and designed by architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837). Rooms in the House continue to be restored using Soane's highly individual ideas in design and decoration.

 
 
 

St Paul's Cathedral

 

St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD, Tel: 020 7246 8314

Wren's famous cathedral church of the diocese of London incorporating the Crypt, Ambulatory and Whispering Gallery.

 
 
 

Sutton House

 
National Trust

2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ, Tel: 020 8986 2264

A rare example of a Tudor red-brick house built for Sir Ralph Sadleir, Principal Secretary of State for Henry VIII. Features oak panelling, painted staircase, carved fireplaces and Jacobean wall paintings.

 
 
 

Carlyle's House

 
National Trust

24 Cheyne Row, London, Greater London Authority, SW3 5HL, Tel: 020 7352 7087

Historian, social writer, ethical thinker and powerful public speaker, Thomas Carlyle lived in this 1708 Queen Anne terraced house, close to the Thames in Chelsea, from 1834 to 1881.

 
 

Gordon Square and Woburn Square

 

Camden, London, WC1H 0AL, Tel: 0207 8628166

Two garden squares within the Bloomsbury conservation area, first laid out as formal spaces in the 1830s.

 
 
 

Whitehall

 

1 Malden Road, Cheam, SM3 8QD, Tel: 020 8643 1236

A 16thC, timber-framed, continuous-jettied house which was a family home for almost 500 years. It has associations with Henry VIII's Nonsuch Palace, the Civil War and Cheam School.

 
 
 

Forty Hall Museum and Gardens

 

Forty Hill, Enfield, Greater London Authority, EN2 9HA, Tel: 020 8379 3770

Museum with 17thC and 18thC furniture and pictures, ceramics, glass, maps, local history displays and temporary loan exhibitions.