All That Glitters Is Gold Inside the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

All That Glitters Is Gold Inside the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

We got into the taxi and my husband realised he had forgotten the name of the restaurant where we were dining. For someone who is super-organised at work, he is remarkably forgetful as soon as he leaves the office.  It was up to me to explain where we needed to go while he was trying to get a signal on his phone to find the address.  My explanation of sail-shaped tower building seemed to make no impression on the Pakistani taxi driver. Luckily, his taxi meter had a photo of the Burj Al-Arab and we were able to tell him to take us there.  Good thing then that we were having dinner at the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai and that a photo of the building is splattered everywhere in the city.

Burj Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai

About the Burj Al-Arab


The Burj Al-Arab stands on an artificial island connected by a bridge to the mainland. A guard has to check that your name is on the list before you are even allowed onto the bridge.  The better to keep the plebs away.

It likes to think of itself as a 7-star hotel although technically there is no such thing.  Even the Emirates Palace in nearby Abu Dhabi doesn’t try to beat such rankings. Frankly, the last time I was blinded by so much bling and opulence was at the Emirates Palace. The Burj Al Arab’s been voted tops in the world’s luxurious hotel stakes by the Daily Telegraph, Travel & Leisure and others.

Burj Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai

The hotel was designed to become a symbol of modern Dubai in the same way that the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty or other well-known architecture symbolises their cities.

I think the interior is as interesting architecturally as the famous exterior. It has a vast atrium and buttresses that soar to the ceiling.

Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

The interior architecture is visually stunning.

This hotel has been criticised for being more style over substance.  Unfortunately, that could be said for all of Dubai.  And, it’s done just fine.


The hotel is shaped like the spinnaker sail of a yacht .  On the top there is a helipad.  Because you know every sailing yacht needs a helipad.  The law of physics shouldn’t stand in the way of dreams.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

When the Burj Al-Arab is lit at night, the architecture is thrown into sharper relief.

The whole hotel is speckled in gold leaf and marble.  If you want total over-the-top opulence, then this hotel is for you. There are butlers, in-room check-in, a pillow menu and free Wi-Fi (yeah!).  The two Royal Suites are the peak of extravagance and meant for those guests only used to the best.  Costing over $20,000 a night, each Royal Suite takes up one half of the 25th floor.  Take a look via Architectural Digest because we definitely can’t afford it.  Not unless this blogging gig kicks it up several notches.

Random Facts

Some impressive facts about the Burj al Arab in Dubai:

  • The atrium is 590 ft tall.
  • The hotel has 28 duplex floors with 202 suites.  The smallest suite is a little less than 2000 square feet and the biggest is more than 8000 square feet.
  • There are 4 swimming pools and a private beach.
  • Almost 30% of the hotel is non-usable space.
  • It took 5 years to build and 2000 immigrant construction workers toiling in the sun.

And, don’t let anyone tell you that this hotel doesn’t give freebies.  You get free access to the Wild Wadi Water Park (owned by the same Jumeirah Group) and located down the road from the gates.  You could probably get yourself driven there in one of the chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce.

Dubai All that glitters is gold

It doesn’t get more Dubai than this photo. A flock of Rolls Royces in front of the Jumeirah Beach hotel shaped like a wave coming towards the Burj Al-Arab Hotel which is shaped like the sail of a yacht.  Surreal.

Dining at the Burj Al-Arab

There are nine restaurants in the building all of them trying to outdo each other (it would seem).  The Skyview Bar is located 660 feet above the Persian gulf with panoramic views.  Gold on 27 is a nightclub decked out in (what else?) more gold leaf.  Sahn Eddar is where you can have afternoon tea.  The Al Mahara is a seafood restaurant located inside an aquarium.  Junsui is Japanese food in a setting drowned in Swarovski crystals.  These restaurants have half-price menus available for children – very handy because these places are NOT cheap.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

A portion of the aquarium can be seen from the lobby.

What I thought was really cool (if you want to see more than one restaurant) and have a half-day free to spend just eating is the Culinary Flight Restaurant Experience.  You get to try the different restaurants for either lunch or dinner. For example, pre-dinner drinks at the Skyview Bar, appetisers at one restaurant and then two different courses and dessert at three of the other restaurants. During low season (summer), it runs 875 AED (US$ 238) for lunch without drinks.  Obviously the price only rises from this base figure.

Al Iwan Restaurant

We opted to try the Al Iwan which serves Middle Eastern fare because you figure you have to get the best Arabic food in this place. Al Iwan means ‘Royal Hall’ in Arabic and it’s definitely sumptuous.  It is a buffet so that you can try a variety of different dishes.  There is a small corner serving non-Arabic food such as pasta.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

The Al Iwan Restaurant is a restaurant located on the lobby floor.

The theme of the restaurant was red and gold and ornate.  Really ornate.  It was about this time when the gold glare got to me that I envied my husband who is colour-blind.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

Red and gold, red and gold. The theme was consistent.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

Red and gold reflected in arches and mirrors.  And, this is in a dimly lit restaurant.

Burj Al Arab in Dubai

From top: bread basket, camel milk pudding and baby lamb ouzi

Photo Gallery of Burj Al-Arab

This place has got to be seen to be believed.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

The reception desk

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

The lobby with its intricate rug all specially made for this hotel.

The Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

A gold-plated elevator. Why not?

If you would like to see more photos of the inside, please check out my Steller Story on the Burj Al-Arab.

I hope you enjoyed this tour inside the Burj Al-Arab. We satisfied our curiosity of what the inside of such a symbolic building could look like.  I’m not sure we’ll be rushing back but it was good to see how the 0.001% live.


Brookfield Place in Manhattan, A Steel and Glass Lazarus

Brookfield Place in Manhattan, A Steel and Glass Lazarus

Everyone remembers the tragic details of 9/11 and the fall of the World Trade Center buildings.  There were other buildings associated with that disaster which were severely damaged  at the time.  They just didn’t have the spectacular televised downfall of the North and South Towers.  Brookfield Place in Manhattan has emerged from the ashes of one such complex of buildings, the World Financial Center.

Brookfield Place for food, shopping and family fun in Lower Manhattan

After visiting the One World Observatory (aka Freedom Tower), we went across the street to check out Brookfield Place.  It’s very slick looking – definitely slicker than the rather dated 80’s-looking World Financial Center.  The original complex was built on landfill from the construction of the World Trade Center buildings.

After the 9/11 attacks, the World Financial Center was severely damaged. The winter garden atrium in the middle has been restored. The whole expanse itself has been enlarged to be both office and retail space. It’s part of a whole renovation of lower Manhattan to drive tourism to that part of the city.

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

A steel and glass Lazarus

Ice-Skating at Brookfield Place

Both the Wollman Ice Rink and the Rockefeller Ice Rink are well known fixtures in the Manhattan winter scene.  Both of these ice rinks, though, can get really busy.  Brookfield Place has an ice rink also which is a lot less busy.

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

Skating at Brookfield Place

Ice skates are available for rental and sessions run for 2 hours at a time. The rink overlooks New York harbour.  We had a grand time skating in the sunshine. Unlike busier ice rinks, we didn’t have to worry about beginner skaters crashing into us.  Instead, we got to be the ones that the other skaters avoided!

Foodies at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place is also quite the foodie destination. The downstairs has a food hall, Le District, based on the idea of a French shopping area.  The food hall is very similar to what you’d find at Harrods in London or Galleries Lafayettes in Paris.  I would love to have this food hall be my local grocery!

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

The very French Le District

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

Groceries beautifully presented

Upstairs in the atrium, you get a floor of small restaurants including a taqueria and a sushi bar.  There’s also Hudson Eats, a luxury version of a food court separate places that sell stuff like  cupcakes, sandwiches and pizza. The floor-to-ceiling windows have great views over the New York harbour.

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

Chocolate cake on its way to being served!

Having to decide what to eat was quite tough.  In the end, we opted for crepes which fit the bill for something both sweet but filling.

Shopping at Brookfield Place

You also have a series of upscale stores, both European and American (e.g., Tory Burch, Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors and Burberry).  Not all the stores had opened when we visited in December.  We did do some serious damage at J.Crew though.

Overall, I was really impressed with Brookfield Place.  The design is light and airy – very open and grand but still intimate in feel.  The food choices are wonderful.  Especially when you are travelling with children, having a choice of eateries can make the difference between a pleasant lunch and one where somebody is sulking (not very) quietly.

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

Great design details

Events at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place also does assorted events for the community.  For example, I know there was a Santa where you could bring your kids.  Hudson Eats also hosts saturday morning shows for children and their parents.  Over the holidays, the Winter Garden was also the setting for the art installation, Luminaries by the Rockwell Group.

The Luminaries installation in the Winter Garden

The Luminaries installation in the Winter Garden

Interestingly, I ran into an old friend, his wife and two kids that I had not seen in nearly 20 years.  He lives nearby in one of the many apartments in Lower Manhattan.  They had come to Le District to pick up coffee for the adults and snacks for the kids.

Brookfield Place in Manhattan

In the old days, I did not know anyone with children who lived in the financial district that was downtown Manhattan.  People worked or socialised in lower Manhattan, but the family homes were definitely further uptown.  I give two thumbs up to Brookfield Place and the renovation that’s happening in Battery Park.  I think making a place family-friendly makes a place more vibrant (and not just because I have kids myself!).

Visiting Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place in Manhattan is located at 230 Vesey Street in Battery Park City.  The entrance is pretty much opposite the entrance to One World Observatory. It has dedicated parking but also easy access via the local subway lines.


We received our ice-skating tickets complimentary from Brookfield Place. My words and opinion, however, remain my own and were in no way influenced by this fact.

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Visiting Trendy Tokyo in Harajuku With Kids

Visiting Trendy Tokyo in Harajuku With Kids

What is a visit to Tokyo without an escapade to Harajuku, one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in Tokyo? And especially if you’re traveling to Tokyo with children, they’ll love it! Click this pin to discover how to visit Harajuku with kids + the best things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo. #harajuku #tokyo #tokyotravel #japan #travelwithchildren

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Thanks to Gwen Stefani, Harajuku became popularised in mainstream Western culture with her Harajuku Girls backup dancers.  Harajuku is a very trendy area in Tokyo which is located in the Shibuya ward.  It runs from Harajuku station right in front of the Meiji Shrine on the edge of Yoyogi Park through Omotesando and their little side streets, including the can’t miss Takeshita Street and Cat Street.  The area is known for both youth culture as well as seriously high-end international shopping.   Only in Japan can counter-culture and luxury culture mix so seamlessly.

We loved the area so much we spent several days roaming through the back streets and even attending the Harajuku Halloween Parade.   I’ve distilled our experience though into something that you can do in one day because you may only have one day for trendy Tokyo and Harajuku with kids in tow.

Here are some fun options that you and your kids will both enjoy:

Around Ometesando

The Japanese like to think of Ometesando as the Tokyo version of the Champs Elysses. There are a lot of international stores on this street as well as great architecture.  For example, check out the Prada flagship store which was built by a Swiss architectural firm to look like stacked glass blocks.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

The largest Prada store in Japan

The Gyre Mall is another cool building built by a Danish architectural firm where each floor is twisted so that it forms a spiral.  The stores inside also range from luxury such as the Chanel store to trendy concept fashion stores.  It’s also got one of the only two Museum of Modern Art Store outside of New York in the world.  In case, you’re wondering the other MoMA outpost is in Korea.  As I’ve mentioned before, my kids love the MoMA design stores for finding cool gifts.

With children though, the highlight of Gyre Mall has to be located in the basement.  There is a branch of that other New York favourite, Magnolia Bakery, with its scrumptious cakes.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

The children’s store, Kiddy Land, is several floors of children’s delight. It’s got lots of stuff from the popular children’s Japanese characters such as Doraemon and Little Twin Stars.  We found some unique gifts for friends and cousins to take home.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

5 floors of cuteness

The Ometesando Hills shopping mall was designed by Japanese starchitect, Tadao Ando. It’s worth visiting even if you don’t shop in the luxury stores.  The design is built half-underground on a triangular spiral.  I know that makes no sense until you see it for yourself.  Sort of like the Guggenheim Museum, the building is a work of art in itself.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

Amazing architecture at Ometesando Hills

Around Cat Street

There are lots of cafes and stores on and off Cat Street which is a pedestrianised street.  For example, there is an entire store devoted to children’s North Face clothes.  I also loved the vintage clothes stores.  Its quite easy to find because Cat Street dead ends onto Omotesando street by the Gyre Mall.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

Vintage clothes with an added contemporary touch

The first side street that goes off Cat Street at the Omotesando end will take you to a fantastic gyoza restaurant, Gyoza Lou.  It only serves up fried or boiled dumplings but they are delicious!

The Roastery is a great coffee shop with plentiful outside seating where you can hang out and watch the street life.  Of course, while you are watching people, be prepared to have people watch you.  I saw a whole bunch of Japanese people giggling at my son and his friend making faces at each other and mucking around like kids do.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

trendy coffee store and people watching at The Roastery

Beauty & Youth United Arrows is a great Japanese store that stocks lesser-known international fashion. I also liked their range of homewares.

My kids absolutely loved Rainbow Spectrum. This store has got cheapish cool things sort of like the Danish stores, Tiger, but with a Japanese sensibility.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

On a side street right behind Cat Street, you will find the Harajuku branch of R.a.a.g.f (the rabbit animal cafe we tried to visit).  The rabbits were absolutely adorable and the staff very apologetic when we tried to visit on a busy Sunday without an appointment.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

really fat and cute rabbits

The Choosy Cat Cafe right next door to R.a.a.g.f. was less friendly than we expected especially for the uber-polite Japanese culture.  With this sort of sign, I’d be afraid to knock on the door even if I didn’t have the children with me.  By the way, they don’t allow children aged under 13 in this cat cafe.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

You do not want to mess with these cat people.

Around Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street is pedestrianised as well.  The street is easy to find because it is pretty much across the street from the JR Harajuku station.  Be prepared for sensory overload as there is a lot happening.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

Another place you can let your children buy random things without breaking the bank is Daiso which is a (mostly) 100 yen store.  My kids were delighted with the cutesy Japanese erasers and stickers they found.  No way can you get that sort of stuff in England or the USA for the equivalent of 50p.

We had lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express. Not very Japanese I know but the kids were angling for a burger.  Harajuku is also famous for its crepe stores of which there are plenty on the street.  They have plastic displays of each type of crepe variety that are startlingly realistic.

plastic crepes on display in Harajuku

How realistic do these look??

My daughter loved the Wego store. I mean woollen gloves with penguins on them – how could she be expected to live without them?  Of course, it meant we didn’t have to buy anything at the Hello Kitty store which is as pink and girly as you would expect.

a day in trendy Tokyo Harajuku

Why Hello Kitty!

At the other end of Takeshita Street, you will come across a major thoroughfare (Meijii Dorii). When you cross Meijii Dorri, you can continue exploring on Harajuku Street.

My Verdict on Harajuku with Kids

There are so many interesting places to nip in and out of that you will have no problem spending a day exploring Harajuku.  I really enjoyed the back streets and the pedestrianised streets because then the children could explore without my fear they would get run over.  Especially on Takeshita Street, you may want to go on a weekday because the weekends can be quite crowded.



visiting the trendy Tokyo neighbourhood of Harajuku with kids

Harajuku is a must visit and one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Tokyo. Definitely you need to visit Harajuku, if you are traveling to Tokyo with children, they’ll love it! Discover how to visit Harajuku with kids + the best things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo. #harajuku #tokyo #tokyotravel #japan #travelwithchildren

Harajuku is a must visit and one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Tokyo. Definitely you
need to visit Harajuku, if you are traveling to Tokyo with children, they’ll love it! Discover how
to visit Harajuku with kids + the best things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo.

What is a visit to Tokyo without an escapade to Harajuku, one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in Tokyo? And especially if you’re traveling to Tokyo with children, they’ll love it! Click this pin to discover how to visit Harajuku with kids + the best things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo. #harajuku #tokyo #tokyotravel #japan #travelwithchildren

What is a visit to Tokyo without an escapade to Harajuku, one of the quirkiest neighborhoods
in Tokyo? And especially if you’re traveling to Tokyo with children, they’ll love it! Click this pin
to discover how to visit Harajuku with kids + the best things to do in Harajuku, Tokyo.
#harajuku #tokyo #tokyotravel #japan #travelwithchildren

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Medieval Grandeur at Beautiful Bodiam Castle

Medieval Grandeur at Beautiful Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle looks and feels like a fairytale castle set in the beautiful East Sussex English countryside.  Like many of the most picturesque castles now, it lies in ruins.  The National Trust though run an excellent job of preserving Bodiam Castle’s history and beauty for the future.

Bodiam Castle in England

The History of Bodiam Castle

Bodiam is a moated castle built in the 14th century. It was built by a Sir Edward Dalyngrigge who was a younger son of an aristocratic family and so had to make his own way in the world. He made a fortune hiring himself out as a mercenary during the Hundred Years War.

With the spoils of pillage and plunder, Dalyngrigge built himself a castle that was intended to look as a more impressive fortress than it really was.  For example, the moat is only about 5 feet deep and an enemy if they really wanted to could drain it quickly.  On the other hand, the moat isolates the castle in the landscape and makes it look bigger and more formidable.

The moat is incredibly attractive nowadays. In historic times though the 28 latrines in the castle opened directly into the moat.  Just imagine the smell!

Bodiam Castle in England

The beautiful moat

We loved climbing up the circular staircase to the top of the castle walls.  There are fantastic views from the battlements over the surrounding countryside.

The interior of the castle is in ruins which is a shame because it would have shown how during this period in history castles were moving away from being fortresses to country manors.  The interiors were gutted during the English Civil War and then never restored.  You can just about make out where certain of the buildings would have been, such as the Castle kitchen.  Even during the Civil War though, Bodiam was never actually attacked but merely gave into its attackers.

Bodiam Castle in England

You can imagine how grand the interior would have been.

Bodiam Castle is very child-friendly. They run regular events that encourage children’s participation. For example, for Halloween they have special events.  People dressed in costumes of the time tell stories about the castle as well.

Bodiam Castle in England

Story time with the Castle key keeper

Bodiam Castle in England

Hanging out at Halloween

Bodiam Castle Photo Gallery

Bodiam Castle is incredibly picturesque and is considered one of the prettiest castles in Britain.  See for yourself!

Bodiam Castle in England

Bodiam Castle in England

One of the many defences against attack.

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Visiting Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is near the town of Bodiam in East Sussex.  Although the castle has a coffee shop, we thought the Castle Inn just outside the castle grounds located on Main Road (what else??!) served up excellent pub grub.

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Marlborough House:  Recycling of a Royal Residence

Marlborough House: Recycling of a Royal Residence

Marlborough House in London has an enviable location right next door to St. James’s Palace, around the corner from Buckingham Palace and backing onto St. James’s park.  The house itself is massive and has extensive grounds considering it is located in prime London real estate.  No wonder then that when the house was no longer wanted by the original family that built it, the British Royal family took it over for 200+ years.  Nowadays, it is the headquarters of the vestiges of the British Empire, the Commonwealth.

Marlborough House in London is a Georgian house that has been the home of aristocracy, and Royals in the past and is now the head of the Commonwealth

The History of Marlborough House

Marlborough House was built by Sir Christopher Wren considered one of the greatest English architects of all time.  Amusingly, the lady who commissioned the house, Sarah Churchill, the first Duchess of Marlborough, wanted a house that was “strong, plain and convenient and good.”  I’d say the architect filled that brief pretty well.

The Duchess herself laid the foundation stone in 1709.  She was the one who really wanted a London townhouse because her husband the Duke was busy building their country town house, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.  She had a tiff with Sir Christopher Wren, fired him and oversaw the completion of the house herself.  The Duchess died at Marlborough House in 1744 having lived in the house for the 20+ years she had been a widow.

By 1817, Marlborough House had become a royal residence and used by assorted royalty including three widowed Queens and and three Prince of Wales.  In the last half of the 20th century Marlborough House has been used by the British government as the headquarters for the Commonwealth Foundation.

I think it is terrific that this beautiful building was not destroyed but managed to find a purpose throughout the years.  Here’s an archival Getty Images photograph of the British Royal family on the Marlborough House steps in the early 20th century.

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

So what did the Duchess do to get such a nice home?  It helped she was BFF’s with Queen Anne for 25 years.  Their relationship was intense and full of drama.  She pretty much dominated the Anne throughout the years until she became queen and eventually developed a backbone.  During this time, Sarah made lots of friends and enemies because everyone knew that she could influence Anne.

Queen Anne and the Duchess finally had a complete blow out.  The Duchess got replaced by her cousin as Royal BFF.  So what does Sarah do?  Start a rumour that Queen Anne was a lesbian.  Very middle school and very ballsy.

Sarah Churchill Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah really was a piece of work.  She worked hard to get the best for her husband and family.  She was instrumental in getting her husband into a position of power in the government and elevated to being a Duke.  Initially offered a dukedom, they turned it down because they couldn’t afford it.  Dukes had to live in a certain style and Sarah as we know was stingy.  So Queen Anne then not only offered up a dukedom but also money so they could live in style.  Nice!

She married her children off to the best families in the land.  Some of that same tenacity in the face of adversity would be shown by her descendants, Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales.  One of her grandsons from her eldest daughter took over the Marlborough Duchy when Sarah’s own son and heir died.

There was also much speculation that the Queen and the Duchess were lovers because they were so close. None of it proven of course. In any event, the Marlboroughs made a fortune out of the Queen’s friendship.

Sarah used that fortune to become one of the richest women in Europe.  She was really smart and made lots of smart property investments unusual in an era when women were told not to worry their pretty little head about business.  Not bad for yet another daughter of the upper classes who was not expected to do much with her life except marry and produce children.

Marlborough House and Gardens

Marlborough House was built with red brick. Interestingly, this red brick was the ballast that was used in the ships of the first Duke of Marlborough when they returned to England after having brought him provisions for his troops.  The Duchess was ahead of her time, recycling bricks, or maybe she wanted to save money for the inside of the house.

Marlborough House

The grand entrance

Marlborough House

An equally impressive driveway

The inside of Marlborough House is what you would expect.  There are massively high frescoed ceilings, grand staircases and lots of marble fireplaces.

I found the grand staircase with its paintings of the Duke of Marlborough being all warlike quite ironic.  It was, of course, the military might of Britain that lead to the empire that created the need for a Commonwealth.  And, of course, there is a repeated Roman motif.  References to the Roman empire always add gravitas and culture.

Marlborough House

Details of the interior

Marlborough House

Gawkers on the grand staircase

The gardens are extensive. Frankly, anytime that you get labels called ‘west lawn’ and ‘east lawn’ in central London (!!), it is impressive.  There are flags around the lawn perimeter of the Commonwealth countries. Among the oddities in the gardens are a revolving summer house that was moved to keep out the sun and a royal pet cemetery.

Marlborough House

The extensive lawns

Visiting Marlborough House

I visited Marlborough House as part of Open House London which makes architecturally interesting houses open to the public for a weekend.  Otherwise you need to book a tour through the Commonwealth Secretariat.  It’s a beautiful building worth visiting if you have an interest in either Georgian architecture and/or the Commonwealth.


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