It's not everyday you get to stroll around an architectural gem with some of your favourite people, followed by a killer lunch all within 15 mins of your front door.
So many of our friends in the design world have told us about Eltham Palace, but it's always harder somehow to take time out and see the beauty right under your nose. When we finally took a moment away from work to stroll around this English Heritage property in southeast London, we felt like we were back in Milan on a pilgrimage to one of our biggest design inspirations, Villa Necchi. (We've told you before to watch 'I Am Love' – do it immediately if you haven't already and you will know what we mean)
As in Villa Necchi, at Eltham Palace the deco vibes are strong. But beyond that, it's a smorgasbord of architectural periods all in one place:
- The stunningly crafted wine bottle dome.
- The Tudor Great Hall that is oh so Henry VIII.
- Edwardian vibes in the garden room.
- The Deco heaven dining room.
- An LA Hacienda lounge that is ready for the Bachelor to walk in.
- Bomb-shelter basement realness complete with fake curtains.
- Cushions on an angle...wait, WHAT!!!? Never put cushions on an angle. Never! Like seriously, NEVER...not even in if you are a Palace...Ok. But other than that it is a veritable feast of interior inspiration.
The central entrance hall is a killer circular extravaganza that's so deco-cool it feels like Tom Ford might film his next masterpiece there. And if you, like us, are deco happy, you will die for the pink and monochrome dining room of delight. With its Egyptian motifs, graphic borders, wooden panelling and deep pile rugs.
It's a big fat yes from us Eltham Palace and who knew you were in our neighbourhood.