Featured in the ever-loved Notting Hill, Kenwood House is a beautiful stately home built on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. But it’s not just pretty to look at – Kenwood’s true beauty lies within.
Scottish architect Robert Adam remodelled the house between 1764 and 1769. His skill lives on to be admired. The Great Hall and library are both architectural masterpieces now open to the public. Kenwood also hosts many great works of art such as Rembrandt’s self-portrait, ‘A Portrait of the Artist’.
More recently the house was featured in the film Belle which is about a mixed-race girl who lived at Kenwood in the eighteenth century. Although it was actually filmed in other locations, watching the film before you go will give you a feel of the history of the house.
For kids, Mac Kenwood’s trail is a great way to discover secrets about Kenwood’s house and estate. The gardens are perfect for picnics in summer. Kids can enjoy scootering around the grounds and rolling down the hill. If you want to explore the surrounding woods bring wellies whatever the weather and prepare to get muddy.
Kenwood is a perfect place to walk the dogs, but look out for signs in places where dogs are not welcome.
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