Houses and unusual buildings in London

Georgian mansions with layers of history to reveal, a Tudor manor house in the heart of Hackney's thriving community, modernist treasures and even a house built by William and Jane Morris. All with good transport links in and around London. What will you explore on your visit? See our chosen highlights below and start your adventure.

Rear exterior of Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall in East London is one of the country’s finest examples of an early 18th-century merchant’s home.

A lawn filled with crocuses at Ham House and Garden, near Richmond, West London

Ham House and Garden

Built to impress in the 17th century, Ham House has an outstanding collection of furniture and textiles. Rich in atmosphere, you can experience hands-on activities for families in the basement, or explore 400 years of history.

Visitors walking a dog across the lawn at Osterley Park, Isleworth

Osterley Park and House

This neo-classical house has a dazzling interior, designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th-century. Today, you can explore Osterley House with handheld audio visual guides, which bring your visit to life.

The exterior of 2 Willow Road

2 Willow Road

A Modernist home, designed in 1939 for his family by Ernö Goldfinger. With design details that were ground-breaking at the time and still feel fresh today, 2 Willow Road also has an impressive collection of modern art from the likes of Bridget Riley.

Carlyles House exterior

Carlyle's House

Preserved since 1895, Carlyle’s House showcases the lives of the celebrity Victorian couple writer Thomas Carlyle and his wife, Jane. Find out how they influenced high society in the heart of London’s creative quarter.

A cold but bright morning helps to light up the West Front of Fenton House, London

Fenton House and Garden

Fenton House is a 17th-century merchant’s house with an eclectic and unexpected collection of objects from the 17th to 20th century. It’s worth a visit for panoramic views of London from the balcony alone.

The house and lawn seen from the south east at Red House, London

Red House

The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance.

Little Chamber

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

You can experience the sights and smells of a real Tudor kitchen at Sutton House. Or discover oak-panelled rooms, carved fireplaces and the graffiti left by 1980s squatters, right in the heart of Hackney.

The front sitting room mantelpiece at 575 Wandsworth Road, London

575 Wandsworth Road

An extraordinary home and an intriguing work of art. The hand-carved fretwork interior of this modest, early 19th-century, terraced house is enthralling and inspiring.We acquired it because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant.

A view of the Strand Lane 'Roman' Baths

Strand Lane 'Roman' baths 

Roman baths in London? The Strand Lane Baths, at 5 Strand Lane, London WC2R 2NA, have been reputed since the 1830s to be a Roman survival. They are in fact the remaining portion of a cistern built in 1612 to feed a fountain in the gardens of the old Somerset House, then a royal palace. Find out more about this London curiosity, owned by the National Trust and administered by Westminster City Council.

The exterior of The George Inn, Southwark, (built 1677), the only remaining galleried inn in London

George Inn

Dating from the 17th century this public house, leased to a private company, is London's last remaining galleried inn.