London is one of the most exciting cities in the world – it offers everything from Royal paraphernalia to a boat trip down the Thames. It’s no wonder that millions of people flock to the capital every single year.
Proof that you don’t have to leave the capital to get a taste of the city’s history, here are five of the very best National Trust properties in London.
1. 2 Willow Road
You know Trellick Tower? Well, this building is designed by the same man, Erno Goldfinger. He created 2 Willow Road for him and his family to live in, which they did until the end of their days. This property is unlike any other National Trust property, thanks to its reinforced concrete structure and hospital-like floors. However, there’s also Goldfinger’s impressive collection of modern art.
2. Sutton House
Despite being called Sutton House, this property was actually built for a Sir Ralph Sadlier – Henry VIII’s Secretary of State. You can still see many of the Tudor features, but some parts have been altered by later occupants. Check out one of the oldest toilets in London, a garderobe, and venture into the cellar – if you dare.
3. Carlyle’s House
Thomas Carlyle was a Victorian writer, made famous for ‘The French Revolution’. He lived in this property, on the back streets of Chelsea, with his wife Jane for over 50 years. Due to his position in the literary world, visitors to the house included the likes of Dickens and Ruskin. The property itself is a fine example of Victorian architecture, complete with box sash windows.
4. Ham House
Originally built in the early 1600s, Ham House is most famous for one of its later residents, William Murray. He was the whipping boy for Charles I, but they remained friends into their adult years. Murray remodelled the mansion with a similar architectural design as that of Charles. The National Trust inherited this spectacular house when one of Murray’s descendents gave it to the Trust.
5. Osterley Park and House
The only disappointment to this sprawling park is the fact that the M4 goes right through the middle. However, it’s still somewhat idyllic. The house was built in the 1570s for Sir Thomas Gresham, but was later opened to the public by the Earl of Jersey. Its beautiful features have led to appearances in films, such as Mrs Brown and Miss Potter.