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Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace, off Court Rd, London SE9 5Q T: 020 8294 2548 Open daily from Sun - Thurs 10am - 6pm english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/eltham-palace-and-gardens/

The former childhood Tudor home of King Henry VII, Eltham Palace was acquired by a couple of American textile-heir millionaires - Stephen and Virginia Courtauld - in the 1930s, who restored parts of the medieval building to their former glory while updating others to match the Art Deco style of the times. Now unoccupied and following a £1.7million restoration project, Eltham Palace has been opened as a museum for the public to walk through and even imagine dwelling in (you can hire costumes and engage in re-enactments of medieval jousts or dress up in recreations of the Courtaulds’ clothes and finery hanging in the walk-in wardrobe, a mahogany and cedar wood design feat in itself).

A magnificent blend of Tudor, Renaissance and 1930s Modernist architecture, a visit to the Palace provides an enlightening and enchanting day out for everyone - art, culture, history buffs, adults and children alike. The breathtaking Great Hall in the  entrance retains its domed glass roof, wood-lined walls and ceiling, and the furniture and fittings from the previously updated sections of the property have been faithfully restored to their decorative glory: from pink leather couches to moulded maple veneer and gold-plated taps in the bathroom, even the avant-garde mod-cons are back in working order (the Courtaulds had the foresight and technical know-how to have underfloor heating installed, and a vacuum-cleaning system).

Visitors can also try their hand at the custom-built pool table, see what it’s like to hunker down in a real-life luxury bunker built before the bombing campaign of World War II, browse the family photo albums and eve  watch a family video of the Courtaulds with their pet lemur, Mahjong.  Outside in the Palace grounds, there are 19 acres of immaculately-tendered gardens to roam around, including the oldest working bridge in London, which allows or denies access across the moat.

The former childhood Tudor home of King Henry VII, Eltham Palace was acquired by a couple of American textile-heir millionaires - Stephen and Virginia Courtauld - in the 1930s, who restored parts of the medieval building to their former glory while updating others to match the Art Deco style of the times. Now unoccupied and following a £1.7million restoration project, Eltham Palace has been opened as a museum for the public to walk through and even imagine dwelling in (you can hire costumes and engage in re-enactments of medieval jousts or dress up in recreations of the Courtaulds’ clothes and finery hanging in the walk-in wardrobe, a mahogany and cedar wood design feat in itself).

A magnificent blend of Tudor, Renaissance and 1930s Modernist architecture, a visit to the Palace provides an enlightening and enchanting day out for everyone - art, culture, history buffs, adults and children alike. The breathtaking Great Hall in the  entrance retains its domed glass roof, wood-lined walls and ceiling, and the furniture and fittings from the previously updated sections of the property have been faithfully restored to their decorative glory: from pink leather couches to moulded maple veneer and gold-plated taps in the bathroom, even the avant-garde mod-cons are back in working order (the Courtaulds had the foresight and technical know-how to have underfloor heating installed, and a vacuum-cleaning system).

Visitors can also try their hand at the custom-built pool table, see what it’s like to hunker down in a real-life luxury bunker built before the bombing campaign of World War II, browse the family photo albums and eve  watch a family video of the Courtaulds with their pet lemur, Mahjong.  Outside in the Palace grounds, there are 19 acres of immaculately-tendered gardens to roam around, including the oldest working bridge in London, which allows or denies access across the moat.

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