Not only am I lucky girl to live in London but I live near one the best (in my opinion) London parks – Hampsted Heath. I can stroll just 15 minutes down the road and I am taken away from the hustle and bustle of London into the green rolling hills of the Heath. Nestled in the Heath is one of the most stunning buildings that has been recently renovated, the lovely Kenwood House.
Now I first came to know Kenwood House from only one of the best British Films, of course Notting Hill! Remember when Hugh Grant goes to see Julia Roberts working on the Henry James film and she is slagging him off in her costume whilst sipping on a drink? Ring any bells well that was right outside Kenwood House!
Anyway, back to reality! So Kenwood House is an absolute gem because it is FREE! Yes, you read right! Since it’s recent refurbishment you can now go into this fascinating house free of charge and it really is worth going to have a look if you are in the Heath.
So here are some facts:
- Inside is a vast array of art including a Rembrandt
- The house was built in the 17th century
- It opened to the public in 1928
- The recent film ‘Belle’ was a true story and partly filmed here and is about the owners’ brothers illegitimate mixed race child who comes to live at the house
- It is now managed by English Heritage
Moving on to the interior. There are many rooms in the house, and have all been restored to their former glory. My favourite room in the whole house has to be the library as it is so bright and feels so modern. I adored the colours of pink and blue together in this room. It was fascinating looking at the books, many of them are marriage and death records along with London news. It also overlooks the rolling hills of the Heath with the lake at the bottom and I can imagine many hours were spent reading books in their and gazing out to the magnificent view.
If you want any more information about Kenwood House you can check out the website below:
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