Fulham Palace is one of those fabulously looking historic places that doesn’t intimidate with its pompousness. The site dates back to Neolithic times and the building, a home to Bishops of London, to 15th century. 1970s saw the Bishop of London move nearer St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace was taken over by trustees.
The building is stunning with a small courtyard and extensive gardens, it is mainly Tudor with Georgian additions at the back and a Victorian chapel. The detail of the brickwork and ironwork is beautiful, and the main tower just stunning, the wooden windows especially.
When I was standing inside I just could see carriages and men on horseback rushing in and out, this place felt very authentic, perhaps because it is so quiet and not a soul around.
At the back of the building there is a lovely cafe and big lawn but the real star of this place is the walled garden. A small part of it opened to the public this year after renovations and there is a dig happening in other parts, the aim is to find out what grew there and recreate it.
There is a large selection of all the bishop dahlias, surprisingly no Bishop of London which is yet to be cultivated. The Knot Garden represents Bishop Blomfield’s Coat of Arm which are blue, red and yellow, and are a pretty amazing display throughout the summer and early autumn.
The most beautiful thing for me are the garden walls and gate, I couldn’t stop staring at them.
The lawns and surrounding wilderness are great for picnics and the small greenhouse with two benches is a great refuge if you get caught in the rain. It may be overcrowded with kids and NCT groups mind you the fantastic newly refurbish ginormous playground including fake beach and paddling pools directly opposite probably solved that nicely.
If you get inspired by the garden there is a good small gardening center nearby.