Kenwood House looks across the huge green expanses of Hampstead Heath and from here you really feel like you are in the countryside. I used to visit Kenwood every year for the concerts held in the natural bowl leading down the lake in the photo and it was magical as the sun went down and the music floated across the water.
The house itself has been closed for refurbishment for a year but now you can visit the house to explore its splendid rooms, its gorgeous library and its surprising art collection. More good news about visiting is that it is free to tour the house.
This elegant building dates from the early 17th century and remodelled by Robert Adams in the early 18th century and it is his work that we can admire, especially the library which is one of Adams’ most famous interiors.
There is plenty of art to enjoy with a collection of masterpieces from a Rembrandt self portrait to a paintings by Vermeer, Landseer and Gainsborough. In the grounds there are a number of notable sculptures including a Barbara Hepworth and a Henry Moore.
If you happen to be visiting Kenwood in May, you’ll be treated to a vibrant displays of rhododendrons showing nature’s best colours and here’s just one photo of the beauties we saw:
I am pleased to report that to complement the wonderful house, gardens and grounds they also have a really good cafe with excellent cakes and snacks where you can rest and refresh yourself.
For more information check out the Kenwood page on the English Heritage website.
Bye for now.