You know those days when you discover gems in your own backyard? That’s kind of what happened on this beautiful day, as we headed out the door to explore nearby Osterley Park and the historic house on the grounds. The house is surrounded by gardens, park, and farmland, Osterley being one of the last surviving country estates in London. The palace was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780’s.
Since we had limited time, we did not visit the interiors, despite how intriguing it was. Instead, we explored the park and spent time with the local inhabitants, friendly ducks and swans. We also tried a latte at the stable cafe, and it was the perfect boost of delicious energy!
In the evening, we headed into the city to celebrate a Canadian friend’s birthday. Dinner at Polpo was delicious, and another restaurant to tick from our London bucket list!