London is not just a buzzing metropolis; it’s also full of grandiose landmarks with gorgeous interiors that reflect the great history of Britain and the world. Discover hidden gems with your family during your mini-break to London, and be inspired by the art work and antiques that punctuate each landmark. Before you go exploring, book a hotel near the centre of London, and check out this guide to London. Moreover, don’t forget your camera and notebook, essential for capturing these inner-city wonders. Who knows, you too may be inspired by the following enterprising giants and want to do a little DIY and designing yourself!
Georgian: Fenton House and Garden
Rated 4.5/5 on trip advisor, this picturesque merchant’s house was built in the 17th century, standing tall in the middle of a beautiful walled garden. Lady Binning bought the house in 1936 and lived there until 1952, when she bequeathed it to the National Trust after she passed away. She filled the house with gorgeous Georgian furniture and artwork, including early instruments that volunteers at the National Trust play for visitors to this day. Outside, you can check out the 300 year old orchard and the historic rose garden, where you can take stock and relax, revelling in the estate’s majestic atmosphere.
Modernist: 2 Willow Road
The arty pioneer, Ernő Goldfinger, was a Hungarian born architect with a modernist vision. Capturing the movement within his very own walls, Goldfinger’s terraced house was completed in 1939. Still fresh and influential, the minimalist interiors have inspired many artists throughout the years, and you can see why. The house truly showcases the best 20th century creative talent, with furniture designed by Goldfinger himself as well as Bridget Riley, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Moore and Max Ernst. Goldfinger’s creations are still very much present today, appearing on t-shirts and even mentioned in Blur’s song ‘Best Days’. Additionally, the great architect seems to have made an impact with his personality as well as his art. It’s rumoured that Goldfinger, one of James Bond’s villains, was based on Ernő Goldfinger, due to his uncompromising temper.
Hand-crafted: 575 Wandsworth Road
Kenyan-born poet, novelist and civil-servant Khadambi Asalache bought this terraced house on Wandsworth Road in 1981. Inspired by the Italian movement ‘horror vacui’, meaning ‘fear of empty space’, Asalache filled his home (and his walls!) with detailed artwork and hand-sculpted furniture which he carved from floorboards and pine doors that he found in skips. Because the house is so delicate, there are only nine guided tours a week, so if you are thinking of going, make sure that you check out how you can book to avoid disappointment. Find out more about 575 Wandsworth Road by taking a look at the house’s blog.