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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
+44 20 7602 3316
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Stunning tiles!

My wife actually got bored with me endlessly admiring the tiles and their vibrant colours, but they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jon b
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
A rich example of the Victorian eccentric

Lord Leighton built this house to joint design with his architect to maximise wall space to hang... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sarah B
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Guildford, 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 fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
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12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
Kensington and Hyde Park
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife actually got bored with me endlessly admiring the tiles and their vibrant colours, but they are lovely. The house itself is tucked away behind Kensington High Street. I had passed close by numerous times until encouraged to visit by a friend. Anyone interested...More

Thank Jon b
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lord Leighton built this house to joint design with his architect to maximise wall space to hang his vast collection of art No chimney breasts above fireplaces, fireplaces under the window, where does the smoke go? Only one bedroom in such a big house Built...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

What an interesting place to visit. The house, its decor and art are very beautiful. A good place to visit on a rainy day. I would imagine that the garden must be a lovely spot to eat lunch on a sunny day

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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful house. Very exotic and opulent. However, more effort could have been taken to explain the social history behind the house and the man. We gained admission through a national membership but adult admission is 9 pound. 4 rooms downstairs and 2...More

Thank helarc
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

We spent several very enjoyable hours walking around Leighton House. It was the home / studio built to the exact requirements of Lord Leighton. it can only be considered as a master piece of arts and craft architecture. to complement the House there a fine...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Leighton House was a most appropriate setting for Lawrence Alma- Tadema's exhibition, as both Victorian artists knew one another and Lawrence had visited here too. As National Trust members our admission was discounted by 50% which was an excellent saving, and we felt the audio...More

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

I'd never heard of Lord Leighton and had decided to come visit solely because the description of the house sounded interesting. I was not disappointed. Walking through the house distinctly feels like walking through Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Oak Park, simply because...More

Thank vichy
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

A beautiful house. I wish I could have captured the memory however no photography is allowed anywhere in the building even at the entrance. Those with membership please do bring your card as the entry fee is £9. I too wish that the garden is...More

Thank LiniHarun29
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This was the home and studio of Lord Leighton, who was President of the Royal Academy and fascinated by the Near East. The hall and the Arab hall are stunningly decorated with Syrian tilework- so stunning that Ididn't notice the stuffed peacock on my first...More

Thank Nightflight
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

This astonishing interior, with its exotic orientalist theme, is a great example of the aesthetic movement in England. There are delights for the eye at every turn. Although, because of its location in the important entrance hall, it forms a regrettable first impression, the gift...More

Thank Paul G
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davidmihail25
6 February 2018|
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Response from Maggie P | Reviewed this property |
Agree as above. Of course it would also depend on whatever additional display is showing, and whether that would interest a youngster.
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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
13 September 2016|
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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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