the weekend edition | eltham palace

after breakfast in brixton on sunday, the girls and i piled underground and out again at eltham about half an hour later, bound for the medieval palace. we took a quick walk through the village before setting our sights on the now gorgeous art deco home just outside the centre of town, and arrived by about half past twelve. 

after being nagged within an inch of our lives about buying a bloody english herritage membership (apparently it didin't matter than half of us don't even live in england), we made our way to the entrance and finaaaally bought some tickets to enter... why was that salesman even there? off-putting much.

we wandered the wide halls and spacious rooms and snooped in all the tiny cupboards, wondering where the gorgeous 1930s clothes would have been kept... i maintain there must've been an entire dressing room we missed, because it makes no sense that the master of the home's room would have a built in wardrobe, but the lady's didn't. unless he was up to something suss. she did have a spectacular bathroom though.

we weren't supposed to take pictures or touch anything inside the rooms - despite just about everything in there being labelled a "replica", but sometimes you just have to break the rules. rebel.

the gardens (and moat!) themselves are really, very pretty. the grounds were restored in the late 90s to mirror a tradition 1930s garden. they're now considered a rare and very fine example of an art deco design; the incorporation of the original medieval palace obviously adds a whole different dimension to the overall look of the grounds, and just, well, they're really bloody great! and, for just over a tenner to get in an explore (and free audio guide too!), it's a pretty easy way to kill a few hours and immerse yourself in some history.

and/or snoop through other people's homes.