Houses and unusual buildings in London

Mansion houses with layers of history, a Tudor home in the heart of Hackney, modernist treasures and even a house designed by William Morris. All with good transport links in and around London. Where will you begin?

Ham House

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.

Winter at Osterley Park and House, Hounslow, London

Osterley Park and House

Surrounded by gardens and parkland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.

Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam to entertain and impress.

A view of the exterior of Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall

Built in 1729 this charming house is one of the country’s finest examples of an early 18th century merchant’s home.

Since then it has been home to 50 different inhabitants, including a scientist, vicar, fashion photographer and historians.

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 boasts original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones and embroidery by Jane and Elizabeth Burden. Coupled with bold architecture and a garden designed to 'clothe the house'.

Fenton House & Garden

Fenton House and Garden

This 17th-century house and garden with views across Hampstead’s Holly Hill is a place of unique charm and ambience, filled with highly decorative collections of porcelain, Georgian furniture and 17th-century needlework and musical instruments.

The gardens are an ever-changing horticultural tapestry that includes an orchard, kitchen garden, rose garden, terraces and lawns.

Little Chamber

Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

One of London’s last remaining Tudor houses, built in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadleir.

Oak-panelled chambers, a great hall, and robust fireplaces as well as a tranquil courtyard show Sutton House’s Tudor past while other rooms show later additions, that reveal the house’s other unexpected stories.

Eastbury Manor House, an Elizabethan gentry house. It is one of London’s hidden architectural gems.

Eastbury Manor House

After being the country house of gentry families for the earlier part of its history, by the 18th and 19th centuries, Eastbury Manor House was inhabited by a succession of tenants such as yeoman farmers, butchers and graziers.

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. Carlyle's House will re-open for pre-booked visits from Wednesday 30 March

The front sitting room mantelpiece at 575 Wandsworth Road, London

575 Wandsworth Road

Please note, due to essential building works 575 Wandsworth Road is currently closed and aims to reopen in the summer. Please do check back for regular updates.

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.

Acquired 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 

Owned by the National Trust and administered by Westminster City Council.

The Strand Lane Baths, at 5 Strand Lane, London 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.

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

George Inn

The George Inn is currently operated by Greene King Pubs

Dating from the 17th century this public house is London's last remaining galleried inn.