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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 #63 of 851 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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 November 22, 2014 NEW

The magnificent Moroccan- style house of Frederick Leighton in Holland Park,currently with a superb Victorian exhibition not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The exhibition currently showing at the museum is a joy for anyone who admires the Leighton/Waterhouse depictions of the female face and body. The artwork is exhibited well and the number so visitors kept to a steady trickle so that one can take as much time as one pleases in front of each exhibit. And there are evening opening to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Leighton House will be very interesting to anyone who likes Turkish and middle eastern ceramics. He was a collector of those items and it features a beautiful "Arab" room that is tiled with many lovely ceramics. The museum is small and quiet and a good antidote to the larger, crowded sights. The neighborhood of Holland Park has many lovely... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I would not have known about Leighton House if it was not for my local cousin -- it's just so hard to prioritize museum visits in London. I am so glad I visited. It is a Victorian gem, well preserved and well curated -- Leighton's art displayed in his own home gives the visitor such a sense of the artist... 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 recent visit to Leighton House and very grateful you took the time to write this review. And thanks very much to your cousin, who recommended the visit. Please note that from November, 14 Leighton House will be house to 'A Victorian Obsession' an exhibition which presents... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Lost for words. Well worth a visit (half price for NT members...cheap anyway) Staff lovely big thanks Sam for making my day and squeezing me in for the life class (done with Ann Witheridge/Lavender Hill Studios) at the museum) The buildings interior is spectacular middle east meets arty victorian complete with stuffed peacocks and more... The stuff pre-raphaelite dreams are... 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 recent visit to Leighton House and the Life-Drawing session in association with Lavender Hill Studios. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this Autumn we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession' exhibition (14 November... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

NYT Travel articles highly recomm this museum, and we went on a sun late afternoon and it was pretty quiet & not crowded and great for a contemplative visit. It's a beautiful house guided by Leighton's unique and individual artistic vision. There are laminated info cards in each room, but even better would be a comprehensive audio guide so visitors... 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 recent visit to Leighton House and very grateful you took the time to write this review. We are sorry to hear that you could not visit the garden, which remains closed from October to April. We can perhaps suggest a summer visit next year? Please recommend... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

I'm so pleased I made the effort to go and see Leighton House which, although compact, gives a fantastic insight into the artist's daily life. The architecture & interior design with accompanied notes (I believe there's also an app you can download) and artwork are worth the entry fee. There's also an art gallery next door & they do some... More

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

Dear Julie, Thank you very much for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed your recent visit to Leighton House and very grateful you took the time to write this review. We really like your idea of displaying photographs of the House rear while the garden is closed to public as the views are striking. And we are sorry... More

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Leighton house is off the beaten track and about a 10 minute walk from High St Kensington.There is a small entry fee however National Trust members get in for 1/2 price. Inside it has a wonderful Moroccan room with a small pool in the center of the room, that is to die for and upstairs it has the most amazing... 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 recent visit to Leighton House and very grateful you took the time to write this review. Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this Autumn we would be delighted to see you again at the 'A Victorian Obsession' exhibition... More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Visited Leighton House as had wanted too for years. It is beautiful. Shame there were not more of the more famous paintings by Leighton on display in the upstairs display room and could have done with more information about the contents - especially in the Arabic style rooms which were rich in detail and low on explanation. Also fail to... 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 recent visit to Leighton House and we are very grateful you took the time to write this review. For further information on the design and construction of the Arab Hall please visit our dedicated website 'Leighton and the Middle East' or attend one of our FREE... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

There are many art sites in London worth visiting but not many as good as this. If you can make your visit coincide with one of the public tours (Weds & Sun 3pm) then it's even better - simply one of the best, most informative art tours I've ever experienced. An hour and a half of sheer delight - and... 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 and we are grateful you took the time to write this review. Undoubtedly Public Tours on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3pm are the best way to find out more about the House and the fascinating personal and artistic life of Frederic Lord... More

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