Home to the Archbishop of Canterbury for over 800 years, Lambeth Palace is a real gem hidden away behind a brick wall just meters away from Lambeth Bridge and the Thames.
It wasn't a planned visit, in fact I was in the area on a totally different mission when I saw the place gates open. The curious me can never resist an open door and on this occasion was rewarded with an adventure wandering around the 13 acres of grounds surrounding the palace.
The gardens were given to the people of Lambeth on an indefinite lease by Archbishop Frederick Temple in 1901. Managed by volunteers you can visit on the first Wednesday of the month between March and October for a wee donation of £4.
I came away with a jar of honey made on the estate, made by their "very happy bees" and a determination to visit the inside on an allocated day.