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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

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Neighborhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
Phone Number: 020 7602 3316
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Description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic...
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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This is the house of Lord Leighton the only artist to be made a peer. He also died on the day of his ennoblement! Great history and collection. The Moorish salon made from old and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is the house of Lord Leighton the only artist to be made a peer. He also died on the day of his ennoblement! Great history and collection. The Moorish salon made from old and matching tiles is a feast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you are at all interested in the impact of Middle Eastern opulence and decoration on European taste you will love this place. What's not to love? It is just fantastic. The combination of colour, light and shade, use of space and sensual opulence is a heady mixture impossible to resist. A trip round this wonderful building makes you want... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We read about Leighton House in a guidebook highlighting places to visit in London that are off the beaten path and not typical tourist destinations and were thrilled with this recommendation. Designed by artist Frederick Leighton who lived and worked here, it is an unprepossessing Victorian house on the outside and an exotic Persian fantasy on the inside. Definitely worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We spotted Leighton House on the web while looking for something to do on a trip to London to combine with a prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Although it is some way from RAH we reasoned that if we broke the walk from one to the other with a meal (which we had at Arcadia Restaurant), it would hopefully... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I wanted tot visit Leighton house to see the Islamic tiles and Iznik ceramics. When I arrived I was told that I could join a tour which had just started. The lady giving the tour was knowledgeable and passionate and spoke very clearly and succinctly. I initially thought the entrance fee of £7 was a bit steep but actually once... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

What a wonderful old house in the middle of a residential area in Holland Park. Prepare to be surprised by the Arab Room, absolutely stunning. The rest of the house does not disappoint wonderful art works, statues and furniture. The Silk Room and gallery will take your breath away. This small, beautifully house is well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great place to visit and see the paintings and Moorish tiles. It was well worth the visit to experience another eccentric man with a fascinating house in London.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had a few hours to pass in London and looking through our guide book found Leighton House listed. A ten/fifteeen minute walk from the nearest tube station, the effort was worthwhile. Although the fabric of the artists studio was original, many of the artifacts inside were bropught in when the restoration was carried out. That being said, a fascinating... More 

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A great house to view, with very interesting decor, in a great Location and easy to get to. Ideal if you have an hour to spend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Tucked away in Holland Park, not far from Kensington Olympia, Leighton House looks rather unassuming from the outside, but don't let that fool you. Once inside, you're transported first to Morocco then Victorian England. Once home to Frederic, Lord Leighton it now houses a fantastic collection of work by Pre-Raphaelite artists. I was lucky enough to go when the Perez... More 

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