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Kenwood House – London

Kenwood House

Kenwood House is another hidden gem in Hampstead, London. A  stunning neoclassical villa, newly renovated that is now open to the public. 

This was my second time visiting Kenwood House as I wanted to show it to my mom. And both times it was raining.. How else could it be in England?

The manor looks very impressive from the outside.

Kenwood House

And we were immediately stunned by the breathtaking interiors…

Kenwood House We started at the first floor and ‘worked’ our way down. It was the first time I was able to see the top floor, as it was closed the last I was there.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

It is all about wearing the right shoes for exploring ;) 

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

A little mirror selfie (attempt) with Mommy :) I would love to own one of these!

The art collection is unbelievable and it includes a Vermeer and a self-portrait of Rembrandt.

Vermeer

Rembrandt

My favorite place was the library, designed by Robert Adam. It is beautifully set up in pastel shades and adorned with white columns.

Kenwood House

I could spend hours in there, reading and exploring the beautiful details on the ceiling.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House The owner’s, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, great-nieces: Elizabeth Murray and ‘Dido’ Elizabeth Belle who lived in Kenwood House.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House After admiring Kenwood House in all its beauty we walked around the gardens. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too nice to fully enjoy them.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

If you want to experience London off the beaten tourist track definitely visit Kenwood House. There is also a cafe to relax and the gardens to enjoy on a sunny day, acres of it to be precise! The art collection is unbelievable and the best thing is that it is free!!! :)

How to get there: I found it easiest to take the tube to Archway Station and then the bus 210 to Compton Avenue – Kenwood House.

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

We walked through the park to Hampstead High Street which is a nice half an hour walk and then we went to the Sigmund Freud Museum (also the second time for me), which is also a great place to visit while in Hampstead.

Xo Vicki

 

Other beautiful places to visit in Hampstead I have blogged about:

 

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