Friday, 9 January 2015

Free Stuff To Do In Shepherd's Bush - Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace. Photo: Wikipedia
Ok, it's in Fulham, not Shepherd's Bush, but Fulham Palace is just a short drive or bus ride away and you can even get there by walking along the river (very picturesque) from Hammersmith Bridge.  The Palace is one of the best treats of our part of London. Part palace, part garden, part cafe and restaurant, Fulham Palace is like a mini Hampton Court - but much closer. And much of it, including the lovely gardens, is completely free.

Why Go To Fulham Palace?

If I was a kid I would want to be taken to Fulham Palace. There is space to run around, a moat (kids love moats), and a walled garden with plenty of places to play hide-and-seek.

For Mums with pushchairs there is lots of space to stretch out on the lawn behind the cafe, and no grumpy signs saying "no buggies" or "keep off the grass".
Fulham Palace

Is There a Cafe?

Of course! The cafe does a mean breakfast, great coffee, and toasted sandwiches for lunch. In summer there is ice cream, and the lawn outside the main building is full of picnics, buggies, and children, all having a good time.

Someone's having fun

What else?

There is a walled garden with greenhouses, where you can buy fresh seasonal produce, bedding plants, and other stuff. You just put money in the "honesty box" and take what you need.  In May the wysteria is stunning.

The Bishop's Throne

How Do You Get There?

You can take the bus, numbers 74, 220 and 430 or drive. Parking isn't a problem, just bring coins to feed the meters in Bishops's Avenue. But our top tip, if you have the time, is to walk down to Hammersmith, and then stroll down the river. It's a beautiful walk and it takes in London's lovely Thames side walk, one of the great pleasures of our city.

Our suggested riverside walk to Fulham palace from shepherd's Bush, courtesy of Google maps

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