The weather in London over the last week or so has been glorious. It’s unbelievably sunny for March and because the clocks went forward on Saturday night we’ve had sunshine in the evenings too. Getting home in daylight feels like such a treat and the long slog of winter feels like it’s finally behind us.
On Sunday we shook the Notting Hill poshness off us with a late afternoon stroll through Kenwood, a seventeenth century manor house sitting in beautifully landscaped grounds at the top of Hampstead Heath. I’ve never been in the house itself but the courtyard is a properly lovely place to have tea and cake in the clement weather, although the view is slightly disturbed by scaffolding at the moment.
The grounds were landscaped in the eighteenth century by Humphry Repton who is regarded as the successor to rock star landscaper Capability Brown. Ironically enough, this is where the period drama scene in Notting Hill was filmed.
This weekend Kenwood was packed with Londoners soaking up the sunshine and enjoying Repton’s vistas. The trees were in blossom and the banks were carpeted with daffodils. By the time we got there the sun had gone in and it was getting a bit chilly but it was lovely to be able to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight now that we’re back on British Summer Time.