London has a vast history, much of which can be told from the many palaces and historic houses that remain in the city. When you have time why not leave the modern world for a moment and travel back in time by visiting one of London’s notable houses. We have left arguably the most popular London palaces out of this list and focused on ones you likely may not have seen. See art and antiques, classic interior designs, learn about the people who lived there and be inspired by some of their beautiful grounds.
Located on the grounds of a former medieval royal palace, Eltham Palace is a gorgeous Art Deco mansion that is said to be a masterpiece in modern design. 1930’s interior design is beautifully represented, bringing the glamour and atmosphere that surrounded the fashionable at the time. Enjoy walking through the serene gardens and observe medieval characteristics such as a working bridge over a moat, the oldest in London.
Located near the River Thames and lying south of Richmond, Ham House holds the uniqueness of being the most complete in representing 17th century fashion and power, according to the National Trust. View centuries of secrets left behind by royal and political residents of that century. Legend has it that the ghost of the Duchess of Lauderdale and her dog can be sighted around the house, all the more exciting for the adventurous.
One of the last surviving estates in London, Osterley House in Hounslow was built in 1575. Situated in a large park, it served as country retreats for wealthy families who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a country house-like environment while still remaining in London. The surrounding grounds are huge and worthy of a stroll, as are the stunning interiors.
A large mansion in St James, Spencer House was commissioned in 1756 by John, 1st Earl Spencer (who happens to be an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales). Travel back in time to the 18th century and view the state rooms and surrounding garden, which have been painstakingly restored to their original appearance following the Blitz of World War II. Spencer House is one of the last of central London’s private palaces which still remains.