Kenwood House, was thought to have been first built in the early 17th century. Between 1764 and 1779 famous Scottish architect Robert Adam transformed it into a neoclassical villa for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield. Roam the meandering paths around Kenwood House through 112 acres of glorious parkland. Kenwood is set on the edge of one of the most popular open spaces in the capital, Hampstead Heath (one of our favorite places to walk). It is home to art pieces from Rembrandt to Turner, Gainsborough to Vermeer. There is something here to suit every taste. The paintings were all collected by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, who bequeathed his outstanding collection to the nation in 1927. My favorite part of the house is the pastel palette of the Great Library. The Brew House Café or The Steward's Room have delicious soups and cakes if you want to have lunch with a slice of precious history.