5 Spanish experiences in Middlesex

Open Gardens 004As the soon as the summer sun comes out in Middlesex our thoughts turn to holidays – one of the most popular destinations being Spain – but don’t worry if you’re not off to Espana anytime soon you can still catch the feeling of the country by these hidden gems – once you’ve got your sunglasses on you could almost believe you’re there.

Open Gardens 006The Kensington Roof Gardens – These gardens are based on Alhambra in Granada, Spain.   The garden is made up of colourful English plants and flowers as well as Mediterranean trees.  The garden dates from 1838.

The Roof Gardens were designed by Trevor Bowen, the vice president of John Barker & Co. In 1936 he employed landscape architect Ralph Hancock to realise his vision. The gardens took two years to build at a cost of £25,000 and opened to the public in May 1938.

The roof gardens is an expensive option for a meal but if you want to spend a little time there without breaking the bank you could just order drinks or become a member of the gardening club and get a 15% discount!

Apsley House –  Run by English Heritage, this is one of the capital’s finest houses and home of the 1st Duke of Wellington.  This building is also know by the unique address of No 1 London.  Designed and built by Robert Adam between 1771-1778, it became the Duke’s home in 1871 after his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.  The house has a collection of Spanish masters paintings including the famous Waterseller of Seville by Velazquez. The house is open from Wednesday-Sunday. Adult ticket is £9.20 (with gift aid) and £5.50 for children aged 5-15.

Flamenco Taster Classes – If you’ve ever admired the passionate exciting dance of Flamenco you could give it a try for yourself at taster sessions offered by the Pimlico Academy.  The session lasts an hour and costs £15. For info click Flamenco.

London Spanish Film Festival – 24 Sept-1 October 2015 at Ciné Lumière (17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT) and the Regents St Cinema.

Third Festival of Spanish Theatre – 11-28 June 2015. The festival was launched three years ago with the aim of bringing established theatre companies from Spain to the UK. Adult ticket £20



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