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‘What do you do, when you’ve recovered from the flu? Head to an English country garden…’

The National Trust has announced that from today it will begin the process of reopening, starting with its parks and gardens. Over 200 Trust sites will be open go the public, with more coming online between Wednesday 3rd June and Monday 8th June. Most will require a pre booking online, which will allow the National Trust to keep numbers to a safe limit, and in many cases ‘walk-ins’ will be turned away.

The National Trust own a staggering array of properties throughout the country, held in trust for the nation and free to visit for National Trust members (the rest of us have to pay a fee). The gardens which will be open to the general public includes some of the most prestigious and beautifully laid out formal gardens in the world, and they’re well worth a visit.

Here are the best in London…

Ham House and Garden

This Thames-side 17th century mansion is grandly ornate, but the formal gardens are extensive with statuesque borders as well as a working kitchen garden and wilderness area.

Close to Richmond, a visit would tie in nicely with a longer stroll across Richmond Park, London’s second best park (as arbitrarily dictated by us).

Where: Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, NW3 6SP
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Osterley Park and House

Billed as a ‘Georgian country estate in west London’, Osterley Park and House is a great day out, enjoy the bluebells, romp around acres of parkland and enjoy spring walks around the lake.

Where: Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Fenton House and Garden

If the phrase FENTON simply reminds you of a 10-year-old meme of a Richmond Park dog walker dangerously losing control, then here’s another thing, Fenton House and Garden.

Along with formal gardens, a sunken rose garden and kitchen garden Fenton House and Garden has 300-year-old orchard.

Where: Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, NW3 6SP
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Morden Hall Park

Set in the unlikely surrounds of end-of-the-tube Mordon and just down the road from the new big B&Q and a Homebase sits the beautiful Morden Hall Park.

Harking back to a time when this was deep in the countryside, the parkland is ideal for families, while discovering the wetland boardwalk and the rose garden are all ideal ways to spend a few hours this weekend.

Where: Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Handbook has teamed up with The Grill at The Dorchester for an exclusive competition. Entrants will have the chance to win a dinner for two at The Grill at The Dorchester when it re-opens! www.dorchestercollection.com