Historic Houses In London You Never Knew Existed

By Lottie Woodrow |
13th June 2019

When you’re a city dweller living in the midst of the high-rises and city landscape, it’s easy to forget that London’s reeking with centuries of history. While we’re all aware of the usual tourist traps like Big Ben and the Tower of London, we miss out on the secret houses scattered all over the city. We’ve handpicked our favourite hideouts, that are guaranteed to make your followers gasp in awe, with every post.

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Fenton House

Named one of London’s hidden treasures, Fenton House is awaiting your discovery. Guarded behind its walled gardens, this national trust house dates back to the 17th century. You’ll find a 300-year-old orchard and kitchen garden, that fuelled its past owners, and biblical scenes in a collection of 17th century needlework. If you visit on a Wednesday, you can go on a musical tour across the house, with volunteers demonstrating some early keyboard instruments.

Eltham Palace and Gardens 

Just a ten minute walk from Mottingham, you’ll find Eltham Palace and Gardens. A once loved medieval palace and then a Tudor royal residence, the palace was transformed into the striking Art Deco mansion it is today. Live like millionaires for the day as you step inside the mansion created by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. You’ll feel like you’re wandering Hogwarts as you enter the great hall, decked out with stunning hammer-beams and patterned windows.

Ham House

Located on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond, you’ll come across this ambient house. Ham House is internationally known for its extensive collection of paintings, furniture and textiles – most of which is over 400 years ago. It’s said you can still smell the sweet aroma of Virginia pipe tobacco that the Duke smoked in the dining room. Take a stroll through the formal gardens, sprinkled with British flowers and you might even spot some cattle grazing the Petersham Meadows.

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Hampton Court Palace

Although a slightly more well known historic building in London, Hampton Court Palace certainly is one to tick off your bucket list. Experience a day in the life of Henry VIII as you delve into his public dramas and private life while searching the palaces grand rooms. You’ll be transported back in time to the Tudor period as you step inside the grand hall, where the king would dine and entertain guests (and it’s probably where he woo’d a lady or two…)

Kensington Palace

Search the grounds of her majesty the Queen Victoria spent her childhood and has homed young royals for over 300 years. You’ll feel like a royal as you stroll the halls and private rooms of past reigning monarchs. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a modern day royal as it’s the official residence of The Duke and duchess of Cambridge, and their kiddies, of course.

Carlyle’s House

Nuzzled away in the back streets of Chelsea, you’ll come across the home of 19th century literary stars, Thomas and Jane Carlyle. As you enter Carlyle’s House, now a National Trust building, you’ll follow in the footsteps of literary heroes like Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and more. Of course, there’s always the perfect opportunity to snap a quick pic too!

Morden Hall Park

You’d be forgiven if you thought you’d ended up in Wonderland. Just a tram ride away from central and you’ll soon come across Morden Hall Park. Giving off total Downtown Abbey and country estate vibes, it’s one of the last remaining estates that used to line the River Wandle. Nowadays it’s become the perfect spot for a wedding and a great spot to add a bit of nature to the ‘gram.

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Lambeth Palace

Home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family, Lambeth Palace has come a centre of his ministry, worship and hospitality. Despite being a working home, occasionally the public is let in for guided tours, allowing you to explore the grounds and beauty of this historic building. Amongst the greenery you’ll find the Lambeth Palace Library, which is home to the largest religious collection outside of the Vatican!

Spencer House

I mean, talk about interior goals?! Spencer House is one of the remaining few aristocratic townhouses locked away in central London and we’re yearning over that chandelier! Open to the public every Sunday (except during August), Londoners have the chance to see the city’s last 18th century private palace still surviving (and striving).

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