Days Out in London

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Discover great days out in London at some of the capital's most iconic houses and gardens this season. From the inspiring Wellington Arch with its year-round programme of exhibitions to the Art Deco decadence of Eltham Palace, there is plenty to do for all the family.

We have now switched to our winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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  • Seasonal splendour: Take a walk through the exquisite gardens of Eltham Palace.
  • Quadriga Gallery: Don't miss the rotating exhibition at Wellington Arch, located right in the heart of royal London.
  • International artwork: Discover paintings by Velazquez and Rubens at 'Number One London'.

Places to visit : London

Apsley House
Apsley House

London

Apsley House, home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants, stands right in the heart of London at Hyde Park Corner.

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Eltham Palace and Gardens
Eltham Palace and Gardens

London

When millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their 1930s Art Deco mansion by the Great Hall of medieval Eltham Palace, they created a masterpiece of 20th-century design.

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Kenwood
Kenwood

London

This outstanding house beside Hampstead Heath was remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764 and 1779. He transformed the original brick building into a majestic villa for the great judge, Lord Mansfield.

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Wellington Arch
Wellington Arch

London

Set in the heart of Royal London at Hyde Park Corner. Discover the latest exhibition in the Quadriga Gallery: 'Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England'.

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Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
Chapter House and Pyx Chamber

London

Built by the royal masons in 1250, the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey was originally used in the 13th century by Benedictine monks for their daily meetings.

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Jewel Tower
Jewel Tower

London

The Jewel Tower, or 'King's Privy Wardrobe', was built c.1365 to house Edward III's treasures.

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Events : London

We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials
Venue: Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, London
Date: Wed 16 Jul - Sun 30 Nov

2014 sees the start of the Great War commemorations. This display will show rarely seen working drawings of the designs for the London First World War memorials.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Venue: Eltham Palace, London
Date: Wed 29 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

Tiptoe through the eerie halls of Eltham Palace and join the pumpkin-carving fun in the Orangery and then unscramble the pumpkin puzzle!

British Sign Language Tour
Venue: Kenwood, London
Date: Thu 4 Nov 2014

Come and find out about the stories of Kenwood House and its collections with guest speaker John Wilson. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.The tour is available free for deaf audiences but places must be booked.

Meet the Keeper
Venue: Apsley House, London
Date: Thu 13 Nov

Meet Josephine Oxley, Keeper of the Wellington Collection at Apsley House and enjoy a closer look at some of the items from the collection.

Storytelling Sundays
Venue: Kenwood, London
Date: Sun 30 Nov 2014

Discover the stories behind Kenwood’s collection with our interactive storytelling sessions for families. Storytelling is aimed at children aged 3+ with parents/carers and friends.

Carol Concert
Venue: Eltham Palace, London
Date: Wed 10 Dec 2014

Join in the Christmas celebrations at Eltham Palace with carols sung by the Eltham College Chamber Choir in the stunning surroundings of the Great Hall.

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