Not long after I first moved to London, a friend of mine tagged me in this photo:
A house named after me in one of London’s most affluent suburbs? Obviously I would have to go and see it for myself.
It took me almost 2 years but on a gloriously warm day last spring I finally paid a visit to Fenton House.
As it turns out, Fenton House is a beautiful 17th-century merchant’s house purchased by the Fenton family in 1793 (sadly of no direct relation as the family line appears to have died out). It was bequeathed to the National Trust by its last resident, Lady Binning, in 1952.
Inside the house you will find a vast collection of musical instruments, decorative porcelain, Georgian furniture and 17th-century needlework.
There’s also a balcony on the top floor with panoramic views of London (yes, this is definitely the type of house I’d love to own!).
The house is surrounded by two acres of walled gardens laid out over three levels. Perfect for soaking up some afternoon sun!
Fenton House and Garden is closed for most of the winter but re-opens on 28th February this year. Adult tickets cost £6.50 to access the whole property or £2 to just visit the garden. Entrance is free if you’re a National Trust member.
I honestly doubt I would have known about Fenton House if it weren’t for the name but I’m so glad I discovered it, it truly is one of London’s hidden gems.