Chiswick House and its gardens is a hidden gem tucked away beside the A4 just West of the Hogarth roundabout, a couple of miles from Hammersmith.
The house was built originally by the third Earl of Burlington over two hundred and fifty years ago. Several of the surrounding streets carry the Earls name but I had never heard of him personally until I started visiting the Gardens a decade or so ago. Burlington built the house to stash his art collection which was apparently a top knotch set of scribbles! The gardens were also to become quite something and infact kicked off a whole landscaping scene, according to the Chiswick House and Gardens site (see www.chgt.org.uk/) where it is stated that they were in part an inspiration for New York's Central Park. One can see the Central Park effect particularly in the small foot bridges over the the gardens lake, from one of which I took the picture above.
By the by I mentioned the Hogarth roundabout above and it is worth pointing out that it is so named because the artist lived nearby. Hogarths house is right next to Chiswick House and the latters car park (off the A4 westbound) serves both places. Hogarth house, now a museum is well worth a visit as many prints of the mans cartoon like social commentaries hang within. There is a also a beautiful Mulberry tree in the garden which was there when the artist lived in the house two hundred plus years ago. The house was damaged by fire in 2009 so it is worth checking when it is open for visits, look at Hounslow Councils website for info, see http://www.hounslow.info/arts/historic-houses-museums.htm