Osterley Park Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London and is a National Trust property and has now reopened. Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by Robert Adam for the Child family (owners of Child's Bank, the oldest independent financial institution in the UK) Osterley Park was created as a place to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s, including many of the Child's original treasures. A collection of rare portraits and artworks has been returned to Osterley Park and House on a ten-year loan. It includes portraits of the Childs which have been absent for over six decades including a portrait of their daughter Sarah Anne Child who was disinherited from her father’s fortune for eloping to Gretna Green to marry the Earl of Westmorland. The 18th century gardens are sublime, including herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. The original Robert Adam summer house is filled with lemon trees and scented shrubs. Jersey Road, Isleworth, London, TW7 4RB 020 8232 5050 Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house Opening times Re-opening the gardens and car park at Osterley Park and House. You will need to book your garden and car park visit in advance. Check the website for the latest information and to book. Daily, 10am - 5pm. Free entry with National Art Pass or National Trust Membership National Army Museum The National Army Museum is now open. It examines the British army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper and its impact on society. The Army Museum tells a range of stories about military life between the British civil wars and the present day. Originally housed in the stables at the military academy Sandhurst, the museum moved to Chelsea in 1971. What is there to see? The Duke of Wellington’s cloak, the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse and Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and the surgical saw that was used to remove part of the Earl of Uxbridge’s right leg after he was struck by a cannonball during the Battle of Waterloo. Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London, SW3 4HT 020 7730 0717 Website: http://www.nam.ac.uk/ Opening times Daily, 10am - 5.30pm (Last admission 5pm) Pre-bookable visits with a new one-way route. Free Admission The Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square Established in 1739 as a home for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital became a cultural melting pot and London's first public art gallery. The Foundling Hospital was established by Captain Thomas Coram, a retired sailor who was so moved by the plight of children abandoned on the streets of London that he set up a home for them. Among its influential supporters in the early years were the composer George Frideric Handel, who conducted benefit concerts for the Hospital, and William Hogarth, who donated several works of art and encouraged other artists to follow his example. It’s even mentioned in the latest TV adaptation of Poldark when George and Elizabeth host a fundraising ball for the Foundling Hospital. 40 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London, WC1N 1AZ 020 7841 3600 Website: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/ Opening times Wednesday - Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00 Free entry with National Art Pass Tickets £10.50 / £8.25 concessions. Prices include Gift Aid.
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