Looking for stately homes and historic houses to visit in London? From Tudor dwellings to Modernist masterpieces, London is home to an extraordinary variety of remarkable interiors - and lots of them are open to the public. Whether you've a taste for Regency splendour or artistic bohemia, the capital offers a wealth of world-class historic houses, perfect to wallow in on a weekend afternoon.

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    2 Willow Road

    Fans of modern design will go weak at the knees for this gem of a house in Hampstead. The trio of houses were designed by architect Erno Goldfinger in 1939, who made his home in No 2. Now owned by the National Trust, it contains many of his personal possessions, and some highly covetable mid-century furniture and artwork. It's hard to believe that something built over 70 years ago can still look so modern today.

    Hampstead, London, NW3 1TH

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Eltham Palace

    Medieval splendour meets art-deco glamour in this incredibly unusual building. Eltham is a medieval royal palace and while history buffs can steep themselves in the centuries of rich history, the real show-stopping aspect is the series of art-deco interiors built by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld when they lived at Eltham in the Thirties. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a rather nice tea shop, Eltham's hard to beat for a relaxing day trip.

    Greenwich, London SE9

    english-heritage.org.uk

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    Sir John Soane Museum

    This Georgian town house was the home of architect John Soane, who during his lifetime accumulated an extraordinary collection of antiquities and architectural salvage. During his lifetime he allowed Royal Academy students access to the house to study the contents, and it had been preserved in much the same state ever since. The interiors are truly unique - an extraordinary number of artworks and architectural details have been crammed into a relatively small space - making it a good place to study not only art, but the art of arrangement.

    13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

    soane.org

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    Apsley House

    If grand interiors are your passion, they don't come much grander than the Duke of Wellington's town house. Known as Number One, London, this huge neoclassical mansion stands at the corner of Hyde Park. Now open to the public as an art gallery and museum, its ornate, late-eighteenth-century reception rooms are on show for all to see, yet it still retains the air of a private house. A number of different architects worked on the house so there are some architectural treats - keep an eye out for the Drawing Room and Portico Room designed by Robert Adam.

    Hyde Park Corner, London W1J

    english-heritage.org.uk

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    Leighton House

    This former residence of the Victorian painter Frederic Leighton is the absolute antithesis of the traditional artist's garret, and even today, it can easily keep pace with the most elaborate of the Chelsea mansions in the surrounding area. In the 30 years that Leighton lived there, he embarked on a sustained mission of elaboration and expansion, turning it into a 'private palace of art'. The Arab hall, with its intricate mosaic floors, golden dome and walls covered with Islamic tiles is jaw-dropping.

    12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

    rbkc.gov.uk

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    Osterley Park

    Those looking to visit an English country estate might not expect to find one nestled close to super-urban Hounslow. But there you go: Osterley Park, a Georgian pile with bags of traditional English charm. It's been carefully preserved so it still looks as it would have done in the 1780s: keep an eye out for the masses of elegant Georgian furniture and sophisticated colour schemes that will send you into transports of delight.

    Isleworth, TW7

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Fenton House

    Much has been made of the extremely pretty gardens that surround this seventeenth-century merchant's house: not only does it have a rather nice orchard - Apple Day in late September allows visitors to legitimately sample the apples rather than resorting to scrumping - but there's a walled kitchen garden. Inside is equally captivating, with its collections of paintings, porcelain, needlework and instruments. The latter includes extremely rare harpsichords and spinets - time your visit to coincide with one of the lunchtime or evening concerts to hear them played.

    Hampstead, London, NW3 6SP

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    575 Wandsworth Road

    The elaborate interiors of this terraced house germinated out of a desire to solve an extremely practical problem. When Kenyan-born Khadambi Asalache moved into this nineteenth-century house in Wandsworth in the 1980s, he was troubled by the persistant damp in the basement dining room. He fixed pine floorboards to the damp wall but didn't stop there. Over 20 years he embellished virtually every surface in the house with elaborate fretwork patterns and motifs, which he hand-carved from reclaimed pine doors and floorboards found in skips. A true inspiration to any aspiring DIY decorator.

    Lambeth, London, SW8 3JD

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Carlyle’s House

    If you want to know what a Victorian middle-class home looked like, this a good example. This Georgian terrace was the home of the historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and thanks to concerted efforts, the interiors are now very close to how they would have been during the time he lived there - despite the damage inflicted it by a subsequent resident who kept scores of dogs and cats. Now restored to its former glory, it provides a fascinating snapshot of Victorian life.

    24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Sutton House

    Stumbling across a Tudor manor house in the middle of Hackney is definitely a bit of a surprise. Built in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadleir, the exterior of the house camouflages itself rather effectively: at first glance you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for Georgian or even Victorian, with a couple of Arts and Crafts additions. But this is the real deal, as the interiors reveal. Although it's been altered over the centuries, it still retains a strong Tudor feel, with its rich, oak-panelled rooms and exquisite carved stone chimneypieces.

    2 and 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Chiswick House

    This west-London villa is home to one of the best eighteenth-century interiors ever created. William Kent was best known as an architect, but he turned his hand to every aspect of design, from furniture to decorative details. When the 3rd Earl of Burlington asked him to decorate the interiors of his new house at Chiswick, the results were spectaclar. Was Kent the first professional interior designer? Very probably.

    Chiswick, London, W4 2QN

    chgt.org.uk

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    Dennis Severs’ House

    Dennis Severs, a Californian who made his home in Spitalfields, transformed this town house where he lived into an extraordinary still life: something between a museum piece and a film set. He imagined it as the home of a family of Huguenot weavers and chronicled their history across the series of rooms, each decorated in different styles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Little touches such as half-eaten food and burning candles add to the lived-in effect.

    18 Folgate Street, London

    dennissevershouse.co.uk

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    Ranger’s House

    This Georgian villa in Greenwich Park is worth visiting for its glittering art collection: it was amassed, rather excitingly, by a Victorian diamond magnate. The elegantly proportioned rooms are enlivened by the substantial collection, which includes early religious paintings, Dutch old masters and portraits by English artists including Joshua Reynolds, George Romney and John Hoppner. Dazzling.

    Blackheath, London SE10

    english-heritage.org.uk

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    Kenwood House

    Kenwood's art collection is legendary: paintings by old masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Dyck sit alongside works by English painters Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. Its interiors are pretty eye-catching too - and following its recent renovations its now even better. Pieces of furniture designed by the house's architect Robert Adam have been restored to their original settings, while the sky blues, pale pinks and greens are both exuberant and historically accurate.

    Hampstead, London NW3

    english-heritage.org.uk

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    Syon House

    Although Syon House is technically in Middlesex, its Greater London location -close to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew - means that you can experience one of England's great country houses without having to venture outside the M25. With interiors by the neoclassical architect Robert Adam, it's visually stunning.Walking through the opulent rooms, you may experience a sense of deja vu: that's because they've featured in a flurry of historic films from Gosford Park to The Madness of King George.

    Brentford, Middlesex TW8

    syonpark.co.uk

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    Keats’ House

    Get some Romantic inspiration with a trip to Keats House. This nineteenth-century house was only home to the famous poet for 17 months, but you can sit in the garden where he composed 'Ode to a Nightingale' and see the bedroom where he was diagnosed with the consumption that was to prove fatal. Sounds morbid? Then just enjoy the interiors, faithfully restored to as they were in the nineteenth century and adorned with all sorts of Keats mementoes.

    Keats Grove, Hampstead, London. NW3 2RR

    cityoflondon.gov.uk

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    Eastbury Manor House

    This Grade I-listed building is the perfect place to steep yourself in some Tudor history - it comes complete with some Elizabethan-costumed guides. It's worth it from an interiors perspective - there are some interesting seventeenth-century wall paintings and furniture, and you can climb up a Tudor turret to get a better look at the soaring red-brick chimneys.

    Eastbury Square, Barking, Essex, IG11 9SN

    nationaltrust.org.uk

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    Turner’s House, Twickenham

    Not only was JMW Turner one of Britain's best-known landscape painters, but it's a little known fact that he also turned his hand to architecture, designing this house in Twickenham as a country retreat for himself and his father. Out of all the houses on this list, Sandycombe Lodge is the only one not yet open to the public. It was placed on the English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register in 2013, and is currently undergoing a restoration programme. Keep an eye on the website for updates: this is a hidden gem in the making.

    Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycombe Road, Twickenham TW1 2LR

    turnerintwickenham.org.uk

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    Hogarth’s House

    The eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth was famed for his satirical depictions of city life. The house where he spent many years of his life is a far cry from the poor, crime-ridden streets of 'Gin Alley', and the interiors reveal the life of a rather well-off Georgian. As you'd expect, there's a wonderful collection of his prints - many of them framed in the narrow, black-and-gold frames that are now called Hogarth frames, in his honour.

    Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London. W4 2QN

    hounslow.info

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    Ham House

    This lavishly decorated and beautifully ornate seventeenth-century house sits on the banks of the Thames near Richmond. Inside it is a collection of museum-quality paintings, furniture and textiles - most of which were acquired specifically for the house 400 years ago and have been there ever since. Now, they've even restored the interiors below-stairs - fans of traditional, country-style kitchens will enjoy this. And just to add to the general excitement - it's allegedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain. Pictured are the gardens of Ham House as shot for our October 2013 new collections fabric story. See the rest of the shoot here.

    Richmond, TW10

    nationaltrust.org.uk