Properties in London
English Heritage is the
independent, but government-sponsored body responsible for the
historic environment of England. It aims to protect and present
architectural and archaeological heritage for the benefit and
enjoyment of all. It cares for 400 sites and monuments, most open
to the public and the majority free of charge. English Heritage
is also involved in the listing of buildings and the designation
of conservation areas whilst maintaining the 'Buildings at Risk'
register. It aims to help preserve the best of the capital's
historic fabric in keeping with the demands of modern life. It
maintains the National Monuments Record [more info] and is now responsible for Blue Plaques
info]. It has
responsibilty for 47 statues and monuments in Central London. A
free leaflet on the royal statues & monuments is available
(tel 0870 333 1181). It produces a number of publications and
runs an education programme as well as a comprehensive events
programme (some exclusive to members). Membership is open to all
and includes a number of benefits including a handbook, quarterly
magazines, free admission to all properties plus discounts at
other attractions. Also children accompanying members can usually
The London sites are listed below but for full details visit the website.
Cuts to funding mean properties have had to reduce their winter opening hours. Between November and March some will only be open at weekends and during February half term. Visit the website to check.
MEMORIAL Kensington Gardens SW1
Magnificently restored and open to view from the park.
Kensington Gardens walk
APSLEY HOUSE Hyde Park Corner
W1J 7NT. Tel 020 7499 5676
The home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants with magnificent collections and momentoes. Audio guide and family activity pack. Gallery tours and Study room. Open Wed - Sun 11-5. Closed Christmas/New Year but open other Bank Hols. Closing for refurbishment Nov 2103 - March 2014. Knightsbridge walk
HOUSE & PYX CHAMBER Westminster Abbey. Tel 020 7654
The octagonal Chapter House of 1250 has medieval wall paintings & floor tiles and the Pyx Chamber houses Abbey treasures. Open daily 10:30- 6 (or dusk) but closed Christmas/New Year and on some special occasions.
HOUSE Burlington Lane W4 2RP. Tel 020 8995 0508
A fine Palladian villa designed by Lord Burlington. Exhibition, video and audio guide.
Open 10-5 Sunday - Wednesday and Bank Hols April - November. February - March weekends only 10-4.
The Italianate gardens are open all year round (free admission).
PALACE Court Road SE9 5QE. Tel 020 8294 2548
A spectacular 1930s house, a show-piece of period design, joined to the remains of a medieval royal palace. Set in parkland with views over London and a plantsman's garden. Audio guide and family learning resource. Shop & cafe. Open Sun - Wed April - November 10-5. November - March grounds only on Sundays. House closing for refurbishment Nov 2103 - March 2014. Eltham & Mottingham walk
Abingdon Street SW1P 3JX. Tel 020 7222 2219
One of the surviving buildings of the original Palace of Westminster built in 1365.
It houses an exhibition highlighting its history. Open daily 10-5 April - November. Weekends 10-4 November - March. Closed Christmas/New Year. Embankment walk
KENWOOD HOUSE Hampstead Lane NW3
7JR. Tel 020 8348 1286
A neo-classical house remodelled by Robert Adam and containing an important collection of paintings including the Suffolk collection previously on display at Ranger's House. Events programme including outdoor concerts. Guided tours available for small charge. Shop. Open daily 11:30-4 but closed Christmas/New Year. Free admission. Closed until autumn 2013 for restoration.
Grounds (daylight hours) and Brew House cafe and Garden shop remain open daily. Information on the Kenwood Estate and restoration is available in Mansion Cottage.
HOUSE Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2NL. Tel 020 8892
A Thames-side Palladian villa built for Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II. Open weekends April - November for guided tours only. Park open daily (free admission). Coach House Cafe open daily. Twickenham walk
RANGER'S HOUSE Chesterfield Walk
SE10 8QX. Tel 020 8853 0035.
An elegant red brick villa on the edge of Greenwich Park. This houses items from the Wernher collection of nearly 700 works of art plus displays about the collector. Open April - October Sun - Wed for guided tours only at 11 & 2 (1.5 hours). Meridian and West Greenwich walks
ARCH Hyde Park Corner W1J 7JZ. Tel 020 7930 2726
Designed by Decimus Burton in 1825 as an outer entrance to Buckingham Palace - part of George IVs remodelling scheme. History of the arch displays and viewing platforms. Home to the Quadriga Gallery which hosts changing exhibitions on Heritage aspects. Open Wednesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 10 - 5 (4pm in winter). Closed during exhibition changeovers and Christmas/New Year. Knightsbridge walk
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