Historic Buildings in London
House, 18th C. house by Adam, once owned by the Duke of Wellington,
art collection inc. Goya, Velazquez and Rubens.
The Banqueting House, 17th C. house designed for King James I by
Inigo Jones with ceilings by Peter Paul Rubens.
***British Museum (pic above left), one of the world's best museums
now sporting an interesting glass hat over it's ancient courtyard.
***Buckingham Palace, residence of H.M the Queen featuring part
of the Royal Collection and the Royal Mews stables.
***Chiswick House, 18th C. Palladian Villa, the finest example in
Demorgan Foundation, 17th C. house, collection of art by Nancy De
Morgan and ceramics by William De Morgan.
Dickens House Museum, home to the 19th C. author Charles Dickens.
Freud Museum, home to the 20th C. psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud inc.
his couch and antiquities collection.
Hogarth's House, 17th C. house once home to William Hogarth, the
18th C. painter, engraver and satirist, inc. engraving collection.
***Kensington Palace State Apartments, 17th C. historic buildings
by Sir Christopher Wren, ceilings and staircase by William Kent,
royal costume collection, birthplace of Queen Victoria, King Charles
I beheaded outside its doors.
***Kenwood House, 18th C. house, work by Robert Adam, outstanding
art collection inc. Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Vermeer.
***And don't miss summer evening picnic concerts on the grass in
front of the lake!
Leighton House, Art Gallery and Museum.
Keats House, home to the 19th C. poet John Keats.
Linley Sambourne House, home to the 19th C. Punch cartoonist.
Osterly Park, 16th C. house with work by Adam, large gardens and
Royal Observatory Greenwich, 17th C. buildings by Sir Christopher
Wren from where every accurate clock in the world is set to GMT
(Greenwich Mean Time).
Somerset House, London. A grand, neo-classical government building
by William chambers, with a 200m long river frontage. Now an art
school and classy entertainment centre.
***Spencer House, finest 18th C. London townhouse.
***Strawberry Hill, 18th C. Gothick house of Horace Walpole, with
Syon Park, 16th C. house, with Adams interior and superb conservatory.
***St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the most significant
places of Christian worship in the UK.
***Tower Bridge, one of the most famous historic structures on -
or over - the River Thames.
*** Tower of London, 11th C. castle built for William the Conqueror,
home to the Crown Jewels and the infamous 'Bloody Tower'. Beware,
'Bloody Long Tower Queues'.
***Victoria and Albert Museum (pic above right), the finest museum
of decorative arts in the world.
*** Wallace Collection, 18th C. house, important collection of 17th-18th
C. French art, furniture and porcelain inc. arms and armour and
Buildings in counties near London
are listed by county (like a state in the USA). To find a county
see our England
Dorney Court, outstanding Tudor manor house.
Eton College, the most highly regarded 'public' school in the UK
founded by Henry VI in the 16th C. and with an architecturally important
***Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of H.M the Queen
with art from the Royal Collection.
Buckinghamshire: *** Claydon House, outstanding Rococo interior and Florence Nightingale's
***Cliveden, garden on the River Thames with superb statuary inc.
Cowper and Newton Museum, the home to 18th C. poet William Cowper
and Rev. John Newton who wrote 'Amazing Grace'.
Hughenden Manor, 19th C. Gothick house once home to Prime Minister
John Milton's Cottage, where 'Paradise Lost' was written.
Stowe School, architecture and garden by Vanbrugh, Gibbs, Kent and
Leon with 'Capability Brown' married in the estate chapel.
***Stowe Landscape Gardens, superb 18th C. landscape garden by Vanbrugh,
Kent, Gibbs and the first major work by 'Capability Brown'.
***Waddesdon Manor, historically important French Renaissance style
house with the finest collection of French decorative arts in the
world outside of France.
Wycombe Museum, the finest collection of antique English Windsor
Essex: Hedingham Castle, 12th C. Norman keep with superb arch. Layer
Marney Tower, 16th C. gatehouse, with outstanding brickwork. Sir
Alfred Munnings Art Museum, home to Sir Alfred Munnings, the equestrian
Hertfordshire: ***Hatfield House, important 17th C. building considered to
have been worked on by Inigo Jones, containing the most famous portrait
of Queen Elizabeth amongst other great works.
***Knebworth, important 15th C. building with high Gothick Victorian
additions, visited by many famous historic personalities.
Shaw's Corner, one time home of George Bernard Shaw.
Kent: Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill.
***Cobham Hall, excellent architecture with interior work by John
Webb and James Wyatt, grounds once trod by Dickens on his regular
walk to the pub!
***Knole (Kent), medieval and 17th C building with outstanding 17th
decorative arts and important art collection.
Dover Castle, secret wartime tunnels of WWII.
Finchcocks, outstanding collection of early keyboard instruments.
Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn and later Anne of Cleves,
two of Henry VIII's wives.
Knole, England's biggest private house holding an extensive art
***Leeds Castle, superb castle with excellent collections including
fine dog collars.
Penshurst Place, fine medieval building.
Squerryes Court, William and Mary building with fine collection
of English and Dutch paintings.
Lullingstone Roman Villa, superb mosaic Roman villa floor.
St. Augustines Abbey, 6th C. abbey - World Heritage Site.
Surrey: Hatchlands Park, 18th C. house with interior by Adam, and the
Cobbe collection of early keyboard instruments.
***Hampton Court Palace, 16th C. palace built for Cardinal
Wolsey by Henry VIII with outstanding collections and architecture.
***Kew Gardens, a superb botanical garden dating from 1844, particularly
stunning is the Palm House.
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