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Syon House  

Syon House is positioned on the site of a medieval abbey and has been the London home to the Northumberland family for over four hundred years. Visitors are welcome to view the glorious private and state apartments, the magnificent Grand Hall as well the outstanding glass conservatory constructed from gunmetal, bath stone and glass and was originally designed to house exotic plants.

The house is surrounded by 200 acres of park land and 40 acres of gardens. The gardens are listed within the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens as a Grade I landscape and were designed by Capability Brown. They contain a rare collection of trees and plants as well as a beautiful rose garden and lakeside walk.

Boston Manor House  

Boston Manor House situated in Brentford is a good example of a Jacobean manor house. The house was constructed in parkland surrounded by a lake and ancient cedar trees. It was built for Lady Mary Read whose second husband, Sir Edward Spencer of Althorp, was an ancestor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The house is probably best known for its English Renaissance plaster ceilings.

Holland Park

Holland Park is situated within the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The fifty four acres of parkland were once the grounds to Cope Castle. The house was built by Sir Walter Cope, Chancellor of the Exchequer under King James I at the beginning of the 17 th Century. The property was renamed Holland House when the Earl of Holland's wife Lady Rich(!) inherited the property. Sadly however, the house was severely damaged during the Second World War and all that remains today is the front terrace a perfect setting however, for open air concerts.

Open to visitors daily the park offers 22.5 hectares of gardens, children's play areas as well as sporting facilities, a café and a huge woodland rich with wildlife. The park also provides educational visits and workshops for schools at its Ecology Centre.

Ealing Town Hall

Ealing Town Hall is centrally located in the London Borough of Ealing. It is a grade II listed Victorian building originally built in 1887. In 1930 the building was expanded to accommodate the growth in the borough and one hundred and twenty years on it is still serving the community. It is also available to hire for weddings, family functions and business meetings.

Osterley Park Isleworth

Osterley Park is probably one of the last remaining country estates in London. The outstanding mansion house is encircled by gardens, parks and farmland. It was built for the Child family in the late 18th century by Robert Adam, an architect and designer whose brief was to create a house that would impress both their friends and family. Visitors to the mansion today can enjoy a truly unique experience with audio-visual tours that bring the house to life! The gardens are delightful too and just perfect for picnics.

PM Gallery & House

PM Gallery & House, is Ealing's flagship cultural venue and comprises of the Grade I listed Pitzhanger Manor-House, designed by the architect John Soane in 1800 and PM Gallery, West London 's premier professional contemporary arts venue. 

Gunnersbury Park

Gunnersbury Park in Hounslow is a grade II listed park with 180 acres of parkland offering the visitor a plethora of facilities; a sports ground, wildlife areas, notable formal gardens and historic buildings one of which being Gunnesbury Park Museum.

Gunnersbury Park Museum

Gunnersbury Park Museum once home to the Rothschild family was opened to the public in 1929. It is a local museum for the residents of Ealing and Hounslow. The primary role of the museum is to keep safe and exhibit past and present day objects from the two boroughs. Since its opening the museum has continued to collect material ensuring that visitors to the museum in the future will see how we lived today. The museum also provides a variety of workshops, tours and talks which has proved an invaluable learning tool for schools.

Shopping and Restaurants

West London offers an eclectic mix of shopping experiences and restaurants. Some of the most famous include;

Kensington and Chelsea a flourishing multicultural atmosphere with famous shopping areas such as the Kings, Road, High Street Kensington and probably the most famous department store - Harrods in Knightsbridge.

Ealing Market - London's only street market dedicated to farm produce. Opened in 2001 the market offers award winning cheeses, mouth-watering meats, inspired chocolate truffles and much much more; definitely worth a visit.

Ealing Road - This busy centre is well known for its Asian shops specialising in exotic food, saris and sparkling jewellery.

Regent Street - An extremely popular part of London and well-known for its magical display of Christmas Lights. The famous toy store Hamley's is situated here spanning an incredible seven floors. It is renowned for being one of London's major tourist attractions with around five million visitors a year.

Regent Street is home to oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the UK. Opened in 1926 the Veeraswamy is an extremely popular meeting place for the rich and famous. Clientele have included Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando and Indira Gandhi. It has an extensive menu featuring classical dishes as well as some more modern alternatives.

Bond Street A shopper's paradise but you will need to have deep pockets! This part of London boasts an array of elegant and expensive shops from Gucci to Versace. Interestingly there are more Royal Warrant holders (suppliers to the royal family) here than anywhere else in London. The famous auction house Sotheby's can also be found in Bond Street. Founded in 1774 it is the world's oldest art auction house.

Wembley Arena

Wembley Arena re-opened in 2006 following a £35 million refurbishment and includes restaurants, catering areas, and multiple bars, as well as new seating and an impressive new piazza.

The world-famous indoor music venue has capacity for 12,750 and has a packed programme of top entertainment including Horse of the Year Show, Holiday on Ice and many music concerts.

The versatile space at Wembley Arena makes it a popular exhibitions and conference venue.

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium will welcome over one million football and rugby fans each year and enable the UK to bid for the greatest events in sport and major music concerts.

Stadium tours will give visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes, and extensive conference and banqueting facilities will accommodate receptions for up to 3,000 people.

Not to be missed is the Wembley Sunday Market, held in the stadium's vast car park. This popular market is always full to capacity, attracting ardent bargain hunters from all over London . You can find bargains in almost everything from electrical goods to plants, suitcases to clothes, and beddings to toys.

London Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is the main airport for London and is the United Kingdom 's largest airport and Europe 's busiest airport for passengers and deals with more international passengers than any airport in the world.

 

 

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