A Day out in Bexleyheath
I picked a glorious day to explore two remarkable houses outside London. Trains run to Bexleyheath frequently from several London stations, and the journey takes 30 to 40 minutes.
Built in 1766 with money acquired from the slave trade, Danson House was designed by Robert Taylor. Passing through many hands and falling into decay, it was rescued by English Heritage and lovingly restored in 1995. It is now managed by the Bexley Heritage Trust.
Watercolour paintings created by a former resident, Sarah Johnston were used to help the team when bringing the house back to its former glory.
If you need an excuse to return, the top floor is used as exhibition space. When I visited, it was Vivienne Westwood‘s ‘Cut from the Past.’ Another thing to encourage people back is the excellent café. I sat outside and enjoyed a lovely view towards the lake, eating an ‘Augusta’ tea of sandwiches, scone, jam and cream and a pot of tea. All for £6.95! What a bargain.
After walking down to the lake, it was only a ten minute walk to William Morris‘s Red House. I particularly like the way you can book a guided tour in the morning or look round on your own in the afternoon. There are plenty of volunteers around to answer questions and share their knowledge with you, or you can just take advantage of the information in each room.