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  • Apsley House

    1. Apsley House

    Mayfair | House/Mansion/Villa

    Apsley House was built by Robert Adam in the 1770s and was bought by the Duke of Wellington two years after his famous victory over Napoléon...Read More

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  • 2. Benjamin Franklin House

    Covent Garden | House/Mansion/Villa

    This architecturally significant 1730 house is the only surviving residence of American statesman, scientist, writer, and inventor Benjamin...Read More

  • Chiswick House

    3. Chiswick House

    Chiswick | House/Mansion/Villa

    Completed in 1729 by the 3rd Earl of Burlington (also known for Burlington House—home of the Royal Academy—and Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly...Read More

    Chiswick House
  • Dennis Severs' House

    4. Dennis Severs' House

    Shoreditch | House/Mansion/Villa

    The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of a house are the creation of Dennis Severs (1948–99), a performer-designer-scholar...Read More

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  • 5. Kenwood House

    Highgate | House/Mansion/Villa

    This largely Palladian villa offers an escape to a gracious country house with a magnificent collection of Old Masters and beautiful grounds...Read More

  • Sir John Soane's Museum

    6. Sir John Soane's Museum

    Bloomsbury | House/Mansion/Villa

    Sir John (1753–1837), architect of the Bank of England, bequeathed his eccentric house to the nation on one condition: that nothing be changed...Read More

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  • 7. Strawberry Hill House

    Twickenham | House/Mansion/Villa

    From the outside, this rococo mishmash of towers, crenellations, and white stucco is dazzling in its faux-medieval splendor. Its architect and...Read More

  • Syon House and Park

    8. Syon House and Park

    Brentford | House/Mansion/Villa

    The residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, this is one of England's most lavish stately homes. Set in a 200-acre park landscaped...Read More

    Syon House and Park
  • 9. 18 Stafford Terrace

    Kensington | House/Mansion/Villa

    The home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne in the 1870s, this charming house is a rare example of the "Aesthetic interior" style...Read More

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  • 10. 2 Willow Road

    Hampstead | House/Mansion/Villa

    Among the many artists and intellectuals fleeing Nazi persecution who settled in the area was noted architect Erno Goldfinger, who built this...Read More

  • 11. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

    Hampstead | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of Hampstead's oldest buildings, Burgh House was built in 1704 to take advantage of the natural spa waters of the then-fashionable Hampstead...Read More

  • 12. Clarence House

    St. James's | House/Mansion/Villa

    The London home of the Queen Mother for nearly 50 years until her death in 2002, Clarence House is now the residence of Charles, the Prince...Read More

  • 13. Dr. Johnson's House

    City of London | House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1700, this elegant Georgian residence, with its restored interiors, paneled rooms, and period furniture, is where Samuel Johnson lived...Read More

  • 14. Fenton House

    Hampstead | Garden/Arboretum

    This handsome 17th-century merchant's home, Hampstead's oldest surviving house, has fine collections of porcelain, Georgian furniture, and 17th...Read More

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  • 15. Ham House

    Richmond | House/Mansion/Villa

    To the west of Richmond Park, overlooking the Thames and nearly opposite the memorably named Eel Pie Island, Ham House was built in 1610 and...Read More

  • 16. Hogarth's House

    Chiswick | House/Mansion/Villa

    The satirist and painter William Hogarth (1697–1764), little-known in the rest of the world, is hugely famous in Britain. His witty, acerbic...Read More

  • 17. Keats House

    Hampstead | House/Mansion/Villa

    It was while living in this house between 1818 and 1820 that the leading Romantic poet John Keats (1795–1821) fell in love with girl-next-door...Read More

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  • 18. Marble Hill House

    Twickenham | House/Mansion/Villa

    This handsome Palladian mansion is set on 66 acres of parkland on the northern bank of the Thames, almost opposite Ham House. It was built in...Read More

  • 19. Ranger's House and the Wernher Collection

    Greenwich | House/Mansion/Villa

    This handsome, early-18th-century villa, which was the Greenwich Park ranger's official residence during the 19th century, is hung with Stuart...Read More

  • 20. Spencer House

    St. James's | House/Mansion/Villa

    Ancestral abode of the Spencers—Princess Diana's family—this is perhaps the finest extant example of an elegant 18th-century London town house...Read More

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