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  • 1. Apsley House


    Apsley House was built by Robert Adam in the 1770s and was bought by the Duke of Wellington two years after his famous victory over...Read More

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  • 2. Benjamin Franklin House

    Covent Garden

    This architecturally significant 1730 town house is the only surviving residence of American statesman, scientist, writer, and inventor Benjamin Franklin, who lived and worked here...Read More

  • 3. Chiswick House


    Completed in 1729 by the 3rd Earl of Burlington (also known for Burlington House—home of the Royal Academy—and Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly), this extraordinary Palladian...Read More

  • 4. Dennis Severs' House


    The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of a house are the creation of Dennis Severs (1948–99), a performer-designer-scholar from Escondido, California, who dedicated...Read More

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  • 5. Kenwood House


    This largely Palladian villa offers an escape to a gracious country house with a magnificent collection of Old Masters and beautiful grounds, all within a...Read More

  • 6. Sir John Soane's Museum


    Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of England, bequeathed his eccentric house to the nation on one condition: that nothing be changed. It's a...Read More

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  • 7. Strawberry Hill House


    From the outside, this rococo mishmash of towers, crenellations, and white stucco is dazzling in its faux-medieval splendor. Its architect and owner, Sir Horace Walpole...Read More

  • 8. Syon House and Park


    The residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, this is one of England's most lavish stately homes. Set in a 200-acre park landscaped by...Read More

  • 9. 18 Stafford Terrace


    The home of Punch cartoonist Linley Sambourne in the 1870s, this charming house is a rare example of the "Aesthetic interior" style; it displays delightful...Read More

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  • 10. 2 Willow Road


    Among the many artists and intellectuals fleeing Nazi persecution who settled in the area was noted architect Ernö Goldfinger, who built this outstanding and influential...Read More

  • 11. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum


    One of Hampstead's oldest buildings, Burgh House was built in 1704 to take advantage of the natural spa waters of the then-fashionable Hampstead Wells. A...Read More

  • 12. Clarence House

    St. James's

    The London home of the Queen Mother for nearly 50 years until her death in 2002, Clarence House is now the residence of Charles, the...Read More

  • 13. Dr. Johnson's House

    City of London

    Built in 1700, this elegant Georgian residence, with its restored interiors, paneled rooms, and period furniture, is where Samuel Johnson lived between 1748 and 1759,...Read More

  • 14. Fenton House


    This handsome 17th-century merchant's home, Hampstead's oldest surviving house, has fine collections of porcelain, Georgian furniture, and 17th-century needlework. The 2-acre walled garden, with its...Read More

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  • 15. Ham House


    To the west of Richmond Park, overlooking the Thames and nearly opposite the memorably named Eel Pie Island, Ham House was built in 1610 and...Read More

  • 16. Hogarth's House


    The satirist and painter William Hogarth (1697–1764), little known in the rest of the world, is hugely famous in Britain. His witty, acerbic engravings, which...Read More

  • 17. Keats House


    It was while lodging in this house between 1818 and 1820 that the leading Romantic poet John Keats (1795–1821) fell in love with girl-next-door Fanny...Read More

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  • 18. Marble Hill House


    This handsome Palladian mansion is set on 66 acres of parkland on the northern bank of the Thames, almost opposite Ham House. It was built...Read More

  • 19. Ranger's House and the Wernher Collection


    This handsome, early 18th-century villa, which was the Greenwich Park ranger's official residence during the 19th century, is hung with Stuart and Jacobean portraits, but...Read More

  • 20. Spencer House

    St. James's

    Ancestral abode of the Spencers—Princess Diana's family—this is perhaps the finest extant example of an elegant 18th-century London town house. Reflecting his passion for the...Read More

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