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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.

 
 
 
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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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.

 
 
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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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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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.

 
 
 
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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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.

 
 
 
Sandycomb Lodge

40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LR, Email

Sandycombe has undergone an extensive conservation programme and is open to the public, we look forward to welcoming visitors and sharing the many stories that have emerged. Visit our website at www.turnershouse.org

 
 
 
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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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.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
18 Stafford Terrace

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

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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Leighton House Museum

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

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

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Eltham Palace and Gardens

 
English Heritage

Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, London, SE9 5QE, Tel: 020 8294 2548

The epitome of 1930s chic, Eltham Palace dramatically demonstrates the glamour and allure of the period.

 
 
 

Southside House

 
Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

3 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4RJ, Tel: 020 8946 7643

Southside House built in the Dutch Baroque Restoration style, provides an enchantingly eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families.

 
 
 

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.

 
 

Old Royal Naval College

 

Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 9LW, Tel: 020 8269 4791

The Old Royal Naval College grew up on the site of the Tudor Palace in Greenwich, where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born.

 
 

2 Willow Road

 
National Trust

2 Willow Road, London, Greater London Authority, NW3 1TH, Tel: 020 7435 6166

National Trust property designed by the `Modern Movement' architect Erno Goldfinger, this small 1930s' house boasts an impressive collection of contemporary furniture, Modernist paintings and sculpture.

 
 

Chelsea Physic Garden

 

66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS, Tel: 020 7352 5646

Second oldest botanic garden in England, particularly linked with medicinal plants through its foundation by the worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Strawberry Hill House

 

268 Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4ST, Tel: 020 8744 1241

Strawberry Hill is Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture and interior decoration.