Tilbury is the modern extension to London’s historic port and an obvious starting point for a private tour through London’s capital, perhaps stopping off at the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey.
As a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide, I have spent two years studying London’s streets and buildings and have lived in and around the capital for most of my life.
Travelling out of London, you could visit historic houses such as Chartwell or Hever Castle. For over 40 years, until his death in 1965, Chartwell was the much-loved home of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II. The rooms remain much as they were then, with pictures, books and mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man. The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of landscape and nature. A house has stood on the site since at least the 16th century and King Henry VIII is reputed to have stayed there during his courtship of Anne Boleyn.
Hever Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who became Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Its splendid panelled rooms contain fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an important collection of Tudor portraits. It is also crenellated, moated, haunted and contains suits of armour and gruesome torture devices! The appearance of Hever today is largely thanks to wealthy American William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century.
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