The Queen’s House, in Greenwich, is a former royal palace and the central feature of the finest seventeenth century architecture and landscape composition in London. Looking north, you see the River Thames and looking south you see Greenwich Park.
Charlton House was described by Nicholas Pevsner, a famous historian, as “the only Jacobean mansion of the first order remaining in the precincts of London”. Its former hunting park and vegetable gardens have given way to leisurely playing fields and enclosed courtyard gardens.
Hall Place was built in Tudor times for a wealthy Lord Mayor of London. It now has an Arts and Crafts garden which opens onto the River Cray. There are Kings's Beasts in topiary, a sunken garden and good herbaceous borders.
Eltham Palace was fully moated. It remains half-moated with what is now a delightfully secluded - and sunken- water garden. The palace was built in the middle ages and much used by the royal family in the fourteenth century. It then slipped into decay but was fully restored by the very-wealthy Courtauld family in the 1930s. It became a luxurious Art Deco mansion with an Arts and Crafts garden.
The Horniman Gardens surround a museum of natural history and anthropology. They have a listed conservatory, a bandstand, a dyes garden with brilliant bedding, a woodland garden, a rose garden, an African garden and an ecological centre with a turf roof.