London is teeming with unique sights and historical places to visit and when you want to head off the usual tourist path, there’s still plenty to be discovered. Chiswick House and Gardens is a hidden gem that should be on your places to uncover if you love history, architecture, and exploring outdoors.
The house itself has been described as a glorious example of Neo-Palladian architecture in the capital and was completed in 1729, while the stunning gardens are one of earliest examples of a classic English landscape garden. The house and grounds have an intriguing history too. It was first designed by Lord Burlington and eventually was passed on to the Duke of Cavendish before becoming a stronghold for the Whig political party from the late 1700s. It then fell into disrepair in during the 19th century and served as an asylum and fire station, and sustained damage during World War II. Finally, the house was named a Grade I listed building and is managed by English Heritage today.
Today, it’s a beautiful place to visit and it’s clear to see the Roman design influence both outside and inside the villa. From your Park Grand Kensington accommodation, you can easily access Chiswick House via the District line, making it ideal for a day out that’s filled with areas to explore.
The villa is considered jewel-like and the opulent, impressive rooms are open for you to wander around. The State Rooms were designed as a showpiece for guests and they still achieve their goal today. The rooms themselves are impressive and filled with stunning art to admire, the Red Velvet Room will appeal to art lovers, while the Summer Parlour is the oldest surviving part of Chiswick House, even the Link Building, which connects the villa to the old Chiswick House is a must view, taking direct inspiration from Rome. Staying at one of the hotels near Earl’s Court London means you’re close by to make planning your Chiswick House trip simple.
The Gardens are one of the key attractions at Chiswick House, perfectly capturing the feel of an eighteenth-century pleasure garden, complete with waterfall and conservatory. The classic, formal gardens are picture perfect views and you can even buy fresh produce from the Kitchen Garden. As you stroll through the gardens you’ll find numerous garden buildings, including the Iconic Temple, a Deer House, and the Pagan Temple. While the design of Chiswick Gardens is distinctly classic, you can find elements of a Kyoto Garden here too, with the Camellia Collection featuring plants from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
Chiswick House and Gardens boast an exciting programme of events throughout the year. This spring guests to the house can attend Curator Talks, celebrate National Tea Day in style, uncover hidden talents at historical workshops, and even take in some circus themed tours. With several festivals over the summer months, London tourists can add something unique to their itinerary.