William Morris, one of the most influential figures in the arts and crafts movement, lived at Kelmscott House for the last 18 years of his life. He wrote: ‘The garden is most beautiful…The situation is certainly the prettiest in London.’ This small garden contains a number of plants which feature in Morris’s textile and wallpaper designs. The shady lower garden features ferns, which thrive in its microclimate. The lower floors of Kelmscott House are now used as the headquarters of the William Morris Society. A museum dedicated to his life and work is open on Thursdays and Saturdays, 12–5pm.