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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 #98 of 1,098 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I live in London but had only been here once in the past, sometime before the restoration work that was done a few years ago. I didn't remember it too well apart from the "Arab Hall" but having been again this weekend my impression is that there is now much more to see than there was. A lot of research... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Alison, Thank you very much for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House. As you rigthly pointed out, between September 2008 and April 2010, Leighton House closed for extensive refurbishment and restoration. This was an important moment in the history of the house; drawing on many period descriptions and extensive physical evidence to... More

Ryde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

In town for a concert with a big of afternoon and a friend suggested Leighton House. I asked if there was a tea room. She said no. I tutted, but went anyway. So glad I did! This is a stunning small house which contains so many surprises. The only thing that would improve it is to allow me to lie... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House. Unfortunately there are no refreshments available on site but if you were to visit us again please note there are many cafés and restaurants within a short walking distance of the house; our staff would kindly recommend Museum's favorites! Please recommend us... More

Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Leighton's stunning house in Kensington is a prime example of high Victorian aestheticism. The most beautiful room in the house is the Arab Hall, with turquoise tiles, some by William de Morgan I believe. Lord Leighton was a great painter and at the center of the art scene in London. The house has a great collection of paintings by him... More

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Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House. The collection of tiles at the Arab Hall are mostly from Damascus and mostly dating from the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century. When architect George Aitchison and Leighton decided to design and build the Arab... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We didn't expect to find such an unusual house just off Kensington High Street. We visited because I was looking for local attractions and were pleasantly surprised at its beauty! The tiles are stunning as is the dome, it is a very interesting and well maintained house. If you go on a dry day, may I also recommend bringing a... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Rosanna, Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed your visit to Leighton House. The garden is indeed wonderful this time of the year and it provides with a beautiful view of the back of the house. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is one of my favourite places in London. A beautiful house hidden away with a lovely garden to sit in and think about how marvellous Lord Leighton must have been. Combine it with a visit to Stafford House and you have a perfect day. If it is at all possible participate in the Artists walk when it is on... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and 18 Stafford Terrace. The garden is indeed wonderful this time of the year and it provides with a beautiful view of the back of the house. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in... More

London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Tucked away behind Kensington High Street is this amazing house created by Sir Frederic Leighton. What a remarkable man he must have been to have had the imagination to have put everything together. As you go in the deep rich blue of the tiles in the Arab Hall is quite breathtaking. A fascinating item in the drawing room is the... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and took the time to write a review. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November -... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Have now been to Leighton House twice. For the first time with my wife just to see it and the second time with my parents as I wanted them to see it too. Some of the interiors are absolutely stunning and not what you would expect having just stepped off the upmarket suburban pavements of Kensington. The house is laid... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

When I first walked in, I was a little confused on the coloration between the Victorian paintings, greek looking sculpture, the Persian figurines and God's word in Arabic. But it made sense because the museum is basically the house of the victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The house was built in the 19th century and he turned it into an... More

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed the visit! We have noticed you were disappointed about the lighting of the house; the lighting is set at the kind of level it would have been in Leighton’s time to give the visitor an authentic experience. With regards to the interpretation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The former home of Frederic Leighton a British artists of the Victorian era this house is fascinating. The decoration is stunning with the Staircase Hall, Narcissus Hall and Arab Hall having amazing tiles. The Arab Hall has a splendid domed gilded ceiling and amazing woodwork. The remainder of the rooms are more conventional and give an insight into Victorian life.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Off High Street Kensington and owned by the National Trust. This is an amazing house once owned by the English painter and sculptor Lord Leighton. Reopened in 2010 after a major refurbishement it shows off Leighton's lavish home which is an exotic work of art in its own right.

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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and taking the time to write a review. The Museum is owned and operated by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since the end of 1920's; The National Trust is a Museum's partner and National Trust members receive a 50% discount on admission to Leighton House Museum on presentation of their... More

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