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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Eltham Palace
Explore the remains of Henry VIII’s childhood home, a palace that also served as a Byzantine Emperor’s holiday home and housed a medieval king’s personal library. You can even take a walk through Henry VIII’s sewer system.
Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Nonsuch Palace
Journey to the site of Henry VIII’s most spectacular building project, a palace that was intended to rival to great Chateau de Chambord in France.
Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Esher Place
Only the gatehouse of the once lavish Esher Place remains, but step back in time to imagine the palace in its prime. It was a house of exile for Cardinal Wolsey and a place of mourning for Henry VIII, before serving as a private residence for the remainder of the sixteenth century. It even witnessed an early seventeenth century exorcism.
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The Lord Napier Graffiti Pub, Hackney Wick, London
For about twenty years, not a single pint was been pulled in The Lord Napier pub, located near to the Hackney Wick overground station. The pub was licensed in 1868 under the name The White’s Arms and was then advertised for sale, whereupon its news owners changed its name to The Lord Napier. During the twentieth century, the pub appeared in the local and national news as the site of numerous robberies and assaults. After its closure in 1995, the former pub attracted squat parties, became known as a destination for illegal raves in the early 2000s and began to be covered in graffiti. In 2016, artist Aida Wilde commissioned 29 local street artists as part of a 48-hour takeover of the building as a ‘symbol of protest against [the] gentrification’ which was happening in the local area. The pub has been attracting tourists to its ever changing exterior ever since it was reimagined with its iconic graffiti makeover. After attracting new ownership, the pub is expected to go through an extensive programme of refurbishment.