These pictures were taken at Osterley Park; a National Trust property in West London. I have been to Osterley Park numerous times but the grandeur of Osterley House never fails to amaze me. The original house was built in the 1570s for banker Sir Thomas Gresham and 200 years came under the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the owner of Child’s Bank. The house eventually passed to his grand daughter who married the Earl of Jersey and the Osterley estate passed into the Jersey family. The 9th Earl of Jersey opened Osterley House to the public in 1939 and the National Trust took charge of the house and gardens in 1991. It is a beautiful place and a great day out for the entire family with lots of space for the kids to run, ride their bikes and kick a ball around. An audio tour of the house is available, and is a fascinating peek into how the wealthy lived in the years past. My children loved the various rooms and the enormous kitchen that have been preserved immaculately and it proved to be a fabulous living history lesson for them! An interesting piece of trivia for the Bollywood buff is that a song from the Hindi movie ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ was shot in front of the house.The best part – it has a fabulous tea house located in the original stables that serves a variety of lovely treats. Nothing will get me faster to a location than the offer of tea and cake! I would highly recommend visiting Osterley Park if you are looking for a fun day out with the family or just happen to be in the area. Unfortunately, it was an overcast day and I hope to go back in the following months for some better pictures.
On a different note, I love my black and white ‘penguin shoes’ and this newspaper print tote bag always brings a smile to my face! Thanks for reading.
(Clothes and Accessories: Trench Coat – Marks and Spencer, Hand Bag – Kate Spade, Jeans – Zara, Shoes – Karen Millen, Top – Marks and Spencer)