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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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Sumptuous Tour

A fabulous House and museum of outstanding colour. Lots to see and absorb it was like entering a magical world of hues.The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. There is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A fabulous House and museum of outstanding colour. Lots to see and absorb it was like entering a magical world of hues.The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. There is plenty of information available including an audio guide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

You step into a different world and time when you enter Leighton House, Victorian, Arabian,Eqyptian, Moroccan.Italianare, take your pick it all seems to be here,plus delft tiling. So grand, with a stuffed peacock on the grand stairway and yet homely with a work desk full of letters received. The art collection is amazing and Leighton's studio with Paints and easels... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Leighton house is always worth a visit and even more so with this sumptuous exhibition. At the same time as enjoying the exhibition I again delighted in the decorative rooms with elegant tiling, glorious fabrics and interesting furnishings. I now receive newsletters advising me of special exhibitions or night time viewings and have found it really worthwhile being on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

From the outside you are little prepared for the interiors and contents of the Leighton House Museum. From the moment you step into the 'Arab Hall' and see the beautiful fountain and tile decoration you know that you are in for a treat. The 'Staircase Hall' is flooded with light from above which makes the peacock blue De Morgan tiles... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A really unusual house and a must visually to see. The current exhibition is really although a couple of pictures were difficult to see. But the main exhibit with the the scent of flowers as real impact.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Always a bit fascinated by Lord Leighton and this house only adds to his intrigue. Beautifully decorated home -the tiled room downstairs is just stunning! This is a must-see for anyone interested in Victorian / Pre-Raphaelite art. Audio guide very thorough (included in admission), will definitely re-visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was the house of Lord Leighton who was part of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement in England in the 19th century. The museum reeks of that part of art history.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went to see Leighton House as we both like Middle Eastern style buildings. From the outside, nothing special, but inside WOW! - fantastic Iznik Tile decorations, extravagant rooms etc. When we visited there was a display of Pre-Raphaelite Art on loan from a Mexican Collector which we liked immensely. About a 10minute walk from High St. Ken Tube station,... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The museum was the private home of the Victorian painter and collector, Lord Frederic Leighton. The interior reflects his eclectic personal tastes with recreation of an Arab hall - Iznik tile walls, lattice work, bubbling fountain - and more, while the studio where he painted has been left 'as is'. We've visited here many times -- to see the architecture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

A charming private home opened to the public where great Victorian paintings are exhibited, the current exhibition is superb. A collection on loan from Mr Peres.

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