A mere 15 minute Tube ride from the energy of central London, Hampstead Heath sits as a tranquil oasis in north London. Not only does the heath boast of swimming ponds, dense woods and plenty of paths for joggers and dog-walkers to enjoy, it also holds a stately home open for the entire public – free of charge!
Kenwood House recently went through an extensive renovation project. Previously it felt a bit worn and a tad unloved, but now the house is back to its glorious grandeur. Visitors can admire the majestic rooms and sumptuous decor with plenty of English Heritage staff to provide answers to your questions. If you’re not careful, you may miss out on some of the outstanding works of art, including a Rembrandt self-portrait and Vermeer’s ‘The Guitar Player‘.
My favourite room of Kenwood House is the library. It’s everything what I imagine my ideal library to be – full of leather bound books, stunning paintings and plenty of light. I also enjoy the expansive lawns behind the house – perfect for a lazy picnic with friends.
With the recent film ‘Belle‘, curious visitors will have even more reason to learn about the history of Kenwood House. For those who prefer live music over paintings or film, the grounds of Kenwood House play host to a series of summer concerts. Just don’t forget your umbrella for the English summer!