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Leighton House Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:30
Open today: 10:00 - 17:30
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A superb one off museum

The entrance fee of £9 appears relatively steep but as I have not been here for maybe 15 years I... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2019
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Hidden gem

Just off High Street Kensington is this little gem of a museum. It belonged to Frederick Leighton... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2018
London, England, 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
+44 20 7602 3316
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Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

The entrance fee of £9 appears relatively steep but as I have not been here for maybe 15 years I decided to give it a try. There was a major renovation in 2009 so the colour scheme is more as it would have been when...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Just off High Street Kensington is this little gem of a museum. It belonged to Frederick Leighton and each of the rooms give you an insight of his life. The Arab Room is stunning and the tiles on the walls and the floors are beautiful....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dawniepg
Reviewed 23 November 2018

The plain exterior belies the beautiful eclectic decor inside. The Arab hall is worth the visit on its own but that's not to take anything away from the other interior spaces especially the entrance hall and staircase, dining room and artist's studio. The artist's bedroom...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roger R
Reviewed 17 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank juliebarrett1964
Reviewed 12 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gillian W
Reviewed 11 November 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael H
Reviewed 25 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from ChrisW821 | 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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Response from Pollyp2301 | Reviewed this property |
YEs , it is open on Fridays. well worth a visit
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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