The historic Ham House and gardens are a perfect way to spend a few hours touring a beautiful estate & gardens that captures the elegance of English manor life in the 1600's. Located on the Thames River in Richmond Upon Thames (London), it is only a 15 minute taxi from Big Ben.The price is very reasonable (7 quid or so) and funds go to the National Trust which owns and maintains the estate. The rooms and furnishings are mostly original and exquisite. This home has been used in many movies and TV locations (John Carter of Mars, Anna Karenina, etc). My special reason for loving the manor home is my ancestors (Lord Tollemache and the Earls of Dysart) counted this home as their family seat from the mid-1600's to the 1950's after WW2 when the house was donated to the government for tax purposes. Google it and go to their website. No review can do this beautiful home justice.