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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:30
Open today: 10:00 - 17:30
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A hidden treasure off High Street Kensington

I spent many years visiting Lord Leighton's amazing home. I hadn't been for the past ten or so as... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
juliebarrett1964
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London, United Kingdom
A really interesting house to visit

This house is a bit of a quirky oasis. Glorious coloured tiles from Damascus and Turkey cover the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gillian W
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in London, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a...more
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12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
Kensington and Hyde Park
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+44 20 7602 3316
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 September 2012

This is a hidden gem. Discreet signage from the main roads, NOT in tourist brown (why not?) lead you to this relatively unassuming redbrick house in a Kensington backwater. No parking; the streets are lined with Kensington residents' Maseratis, Aston Martins, and the odd soft...More

4  Thank TitianLox
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Don't judge a book by its cover, art by the square inch, or Da Vinci cartoons by the giggles. Leighton House is plain externally and tiny inside, but no less profoundly worth visiting for that: it's Orientalist A&Cs interior spaces are of the highest calibre....More

9  Thank CasualTea
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I spent many years visiting Lord Leighton's amazing home. I hadn't been for the past ten or so as moved away and found the new "reception" rather frosty with an incredibly rude man repeating as if we were idiots, NO PHOTOS. The room cards are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This house is a bit of a quirky oasis. Glorious coloured tiles from Damascus and Turkey cover the walls of some of the rooms in the house. William Morris fabrics have been carefully reproduced to exactly match original fabrics used for curtains and soft furnishings....More

Thank Gillian W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This piece of High Victorian art is worth seeing; the ornamentation and paintings are a delight. A pity that the guides were not all that inspiring, although the curator definitely was

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the former home of Lord Frederic Leighton, former president of the Royal Academy. It began life as an ordinary brick house, but the additions and decorations included by architect George Aitchhison transformed the house into a stunning showplace reflecting the values of the...More

1  Thank Bethanie R
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Highly recommend this museum for a short interlude from hectic sightseeing in London. Set in leafy, Holland Park neighborhood, this was both the home and studio of acclaimed British artist, Frederic Leighton. It is called “a private palace of art.” Leighton applied his artistic imagination...More

Thank trammlrz
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Leighton had exotic tastes and clearly enjoyed creating this unique home with sumptuous decor including an entire room in arabic style with stunning imported tiles and window shutters. His vast studio on the upper floor gives a strong impression of the man at work, which...More

Thank meg1199
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This former studio of Lord Leighton is fascinating. The curator gave a fascinating talk which brought it to life. Plenty of guides as well if your visit does not mesh with a tour time. Can’t believe I lived nearby for over twenty years before I...More

Thank Oversized
Reviewed 25 August 2018

When you walk in you realise straight away this is somewhere special. The colours and patterns are everywhere! I especially love the indoor fountain. The visit is self guided with interesting information sheets in every room and some wonderful paintings. It is like stepping into...More

1  Thank Jg H
Reviewed 21 August 2018

The Arab Hall is absolutely stunning, although it would be a good idea to arrange some benches or chairs around the room, to allow visitors to sit and contemplate its beauty. Surprisingly, there were no guides in any of the rooms. Maybe the garden could...More

Thank Kabbuxton
Reviewed 19 August 2018

We saw a wonderful exhibit of Alma Tadema's paintings but the setting was also quite magical. We also had a delightful lunch at Cafe Tarte, around the corner on Kensington High, welcoming staff and delicious food.

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davidmihail25
6 February 2018|
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Response from Chris W | Reviewed this property |
To be honest I’m not sure there is enough to interest young children as it’s not really made with children in mind. If your 7 year old knows what is there and is really keen to visit then I would say go ahead, but it... More
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Bella M
13 July 2017|
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Response from Pollyp2301 | Reviewed this property |
YEs , it is open on Fridays. well worth a visit
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Carolyn M
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Response from shoogslondon | Reviewed this property |
Although it's not a National Trust property, they offer a reduction to National Trust members. As a NT member, it cost me £3.50. I can't remember the full price. I think it was either £5 or £7
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