Chiswick House, London

One of the first Palladian buildings in Britain, Chiswick House is less of a house (there was no kitchen) and more of an art gallery for Lord Burlington’s extensive art collection. It’s a strikingly designed building, quite unique in the country at the time.

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There are extensive grounds around the house, an oasis of green close to central London, if underneath the flight path to Heathrow. They include everything you’d expect, a huge greenhouse, statues on pillars, and an Ionic Temple by a reflecting pool.

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