Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Kenwood House

This is one of the best free places to visit in London. Up near Hampstead Heath there is a beautiful Georgian House called Kenwood House.

Although the house is now mostly a museum, it is a very nicely preserved Gerogian home remodelled by Robert Adam for the first Earl of Mansfield.

Most of the rooms have paintings on the walls, like this famous Vermeer.

You can see the situation of the paintings in this next picture.

Adam's most famous design is the remodelled library.

These photos show some of the rooms.

I like this exploration of space in a gothic church.

This painting is an 18th century view of London.


Outside  the estate has a huge, beautiful garden.

There are trails behind hte house and there is a gigantic expansive lawn in front. I took a few pictures in the  back garden.

There were wooden benches along the way.

I found this cute little grave which I believe might be for a dog. All you can read on the stone is Companion.

Here is the side of the house that faces the lawn.

There is a pond on the other side of the lawn.

No pictures, but the grounds contain Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore sculptures too.

The kitchen was exterior to the house to prevent heat build up in the Summer.

Nearby was an indoor bath. I couldn't see much of it, but once again the camera was abe to record images in the dark, that I could not see.

There is a cafe in the kitchen area too.

They had a lovely kitchen garden not too far from the kitchen building.

What follows is a few  snaps of flowers in the garden.

On the bus home I watched as we passed interesting buildings and Highgate cemetery.

There was this inn called the Angel that had a winged figure in the window.

When I passed by the Earl's Court Exhibition center, I could see they were getting ready for the Gamer  conference.

On the way home I always pass this really cool red wheeled bicycle!

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