Let the kids go hunting for dragon eggs in the grounds of English Heritage property Kenwood House. Crack the clues and follow the trail through the grounds — everyone who finds an egg gets a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat. Kenwood House, £1 per child, just turn up, 19-22 April 2019. There is a beautiful cafe and restaurant, if the weather is good there are stunning gardens to pitch up. If you are looking to go for a walk across the Heath, its views are incredible in whatever the weather.
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.
The Kenwood you see today was remodelled between 1764 and 1779 by Robert Adam, commissioned by Lord Mansfield. It’s a masterpiece of innovative detail and architectural storytelling – from the entrance hall which doubled as the dining room, to the dramatic Great Library which was renovated as part of our recent restoration project.
Kenwood is home to the Iveagh Bequest, an extraordinary collection of artworks by Old Masters and British painters assembled by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh and left to the nation in 1927. Important pieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Reynolds are hung in ‘a fine example of the artistic home of an 18th-century gentleman.’
The house itself is set in a considerable estate, which provides some great walking – especially when combined with Hampstead Heath – and is very popular with local dog walkers. There are fantastic views over London too – St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and Canary Wharf can all be seen from the grounds.