Architectural gem Kenwood House
on the edge of Hampstead Heath has been closed for the last 18 months to enable a major £5.95 million repair and restoration project to take place. The slate roof needed repairing to protect the interior, which includes the magnificent Robert Adam Library, a work of art in itself. The world-class collection of paintings includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and Gainsborough. Many improvements have been made to return this former stately home to its original splendour and to give it a more "homely" feel. Kenwood House reopens to the public this Thursday, admission free (CLICK
for an excellent BBC audio slide show by Paul Kerley, narrated by Jeremy Ashbee of English Heritage.