Kenwood House is known for
its important collections of paintings including works by
Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds all
of these are set against a backdrop of sumptuous rooms and
a Grade 2 listed buliding. The house was remodelled by Robert
Adam from 1764 to 1779, he transformed the original brick
building into a majestic villa on the outside and on the inside
the richly decorated library is one of his masterpieces.
Kenwood is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and
has ancient woodlands, over 750 species of invertebrates,
four species of bats roost and mature tree species includeing
Sessile Oak, Beech, Mountain Ash, Holly and Wild Service.
There is also a small Sphagnum bog and a wide variety of other
interesting wood and meadow habitats. Sculptures by Henry
Moore and Barbara Hepworth can also be found in the extensive
lakeside gardens. Open daily.
Free (donations welcome)
Archway and Golders Green