London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

Charlton House & its Peace Garden

Located just south of Greenwich, Charlton House is a magnificent example of Jacobean architecture in the UK, and certainly one of the best in London.   While the majority of … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 7 Comments

Valence House ~ a rare surviving partially moated house in London

Only 10 miles east of the City, Valence House Museum is a rare surviving manor house in Dagenham, significantly restored in 2008, partially surrounded by a moat, and within parkland. … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Lauderdale House ~ arts & education in North London

Built in 1582 and set in the beautiful Waterlow Park (a topic for a future post perhaps), Lauderdale House is now a hub of community activities.  They provide a range … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Eastbury Manor House ~ c.1570

If you’ve never been to Eastbury Manor, there are only 2 weeks to go before it closes for a few months (on 19-Dec-12).  Prior to then there are two events … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Valentine’s Mansion, Gardens and Park

Within a short tube or rail ride from central London, you can escape to a country home in magnificent gardens and parkland.  With a wide range of activities, and none … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Strawberry Hill House ~ Walpole’s Gothic Revival Masterpiece.

Born in 1717, Horace Walpole’s father was the politician Sir Robert Walpole.  Robert Walpole is widely accepted to be Britain’s first Prime Minister (though not under than official title).   Horace Walpole … Continue reading

September 1, 2012 · 4 Comments

Forty Hall & Estate ~ a Jacobean home from 1629 (and vineyard!)

Forty Hall, a Grade I listed Jacobean Hall, makes a great UK day trip on the Northern edge of London. Its site was once occupied by Elsyng Palance, a 14th century Royal Palace … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

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