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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England (Kensington and Hyde Park)
020 7602 3316
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Ranked #46 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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 the United Kingdom, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This beautiful exhibition of Victoria art has the added attraction of being displayed in the eccentric and stunning home of Lord Alfred Leighton. The House displays the individuality of the Victorian owner and the centre piece has to be the Arab Hall. His passion for Islamic Art resulted in this unique room. Just off High Street Kensington, visit this gem... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

You must see the Arab hall! It is stunning! We went during the Victorian obsession special exhibit - which was amazing. We saw this exhibit in Rome, and loved it so much we decided to see it again at the Leighton House. This house was the perfect setting for the exhibit. I only wish we could have taken photographs. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This was our second visit after a few years gap. It coincided with the new exhibition "A Victorian Obsession". This is a wonderful exhibition but the house is worth a visit when that has finished. Lord Leighton became obsessed himself with Islamic inspired decor and the examples he installed are inspiring. You have to make a bit of an effort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This Art Exhibition runs until March 2015 and is absolutely superb. Many of the originals on display have been loaned by a private collector for this limited, once in a lifetime, exhibition. So get there and enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Lord Leighton's house is a Victorian interpretation of an Oriental house, creating a tasteful and peaceful atmosphere. When I visited, it housed a very nice loan exhibition of paintings by Alma Tadema and other contemporary artists, some of which used to belong to Leighton's collection before it was sold. The house is beautifully maintained and there is a great effort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have visited this house museum twice and been enthralled both times. Walking through the rooms one is quite transported to the luxury and beauty of Lord Leighton's time here. The craftsmanship of public rooms and the specialness of his studio (I especially loved the "glance and you miss it" door through which he brought in his large canvases!) give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Went to Leighton House Museum on Friday (28th November) to revisit a truly spectacular building - the Arab Hall (featured in many TV dramas, including Poirot etc) is worth the price of the admission alone. Tucked away on a quiet side street near High Street Kensington - it feels like a lost beauty waiting to be discovered (and probably just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

had not heard of this museum before the current publicity about the 'A Victorian Obsession' exhibition. just 10 mins from Kensington High Street tube, a town house set in a residential setting. Fantastic, cannot add anything to the previous reviews, quite small, took about an hour to see, unfortunately , due to the season, the garden was not open. Good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This Kensington neighborhood, between Kensington Palace and Holland Park forms the background for this tribute to the pre-Raphaelites of whom Leighton was one. The exquisite Arabic blue-tiled reception rooms, the artists studio, the collection of Alma-Tadema, Millais, and Leightons was lovely in this setting. And I finally learned what the term pre-Raphaelite meant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

On the outside it doesn't look very big, but inside the house expands to reveal such a beautiful array of Victorian/Pre-Raphaelite art at it's best. The clever juxtapositions of Victorian gothic and Islamic tile work are stunning and beathtaking. The current exhibition A Victorian Obsession till 29th March 2015 shows some of the best of Victorian art and as I'm... More 

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