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The royal family may have left Hampton Court in 1737 but the palace and its apartments soon found another purpose. From the 1760s onwards, the palace was divided up for ‘grace-and-favour’ residents who were granted rent-free accommodation because they had given great service to the Crown or country. They lived, often with their own small households of servants above, underneath and around the state apartments.
The term ‘State Rooms’ is applied to those rooms that were designed and built as the public rooms of the Palace, in which monarchs receive, reward and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries.
Discover the beauty of poetry and place in the home of the Romantic poet John Keats, now a museum and literary centre.
Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.
Queen Mary's Garden is a world-famous garden named after the wife of King George V. in 1932 when Queen Mary's Gardens opened to the general public, the first superintendent planted a rose garden which was completed in 1934
The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants.
The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square.
Hatchards is London’s oldest bookshop, having been established in 1797 by John Hatchard, a young bookseller who had been plying his trade in the ‘literary coffee houses’ of London since his adolescence.
The Rio is an independent Art Deco picture palace in Dalston, Hackney. They show a mixture of arthouse and mainstream films, all programmed by the in-house team and shown on their single, full-sized silver screen.
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