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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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A Victorian's idea of a Middle Eastern palace

The external appearance of the house gives you no clue as to what is inside - a Moorish palace with real adornments brought back from the Arab world. I've filmed here before and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The external appearance of the house gives you no clue as to what is inside - a Moorish palace with real adornments brought back from the Arab world. I've filmed here before and it's just breathtaking and a bit mad. If you want to understand the mind of a Victorian artistic eccentric - then come here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I really can't believe that I have visited Holland Park numerous times and never knew this gorgeous building was close by!!! I only knew of it's existence because of a recent exhibition. Signage on the road to Leighton House is also poor. However, the building and its interior are absolutely stunning. There is no set route so you can wander... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I am in love with this place ! A beautiful house, with character and style, it's a bit like travelling back in time too. I recently visited the 'Victorian Obsession' exhibition, one of the best exhibitions I've seen in a very long time, I wish it would be a permanent display. I didn't book my ticket in advance and could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Signage from the main road for this was not as clear as I would have liked. But once we found it, it was an hour well spent. I would have loved to spend more time but we arrived later in the day and it closed at 5.30pm. There was a beautiful Arab hall with tiles from countries in the middle... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I had been wanting to visit this amazing building for ages and finally managed to get the time off work on a Monday (note: closed Tuesdays!). An added bonus was a wonderful exhibition of mainly contemporary Victorian paintings. (A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón collection at Leighton House Museum - this has just been extended to 6th April - go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I hadn't been to this house for at least 30 years and I wasn't disappointed. I do wish however, that I had remembered my National Trust membership card, as I would have been able to get 50% discount for me and my daughter. The beautiful jewel of the room with the deep blue tiles and fountain, and frieze of peacocks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My second visit to Leighton House, my husband had not heard of this lovely little Museum and Art Gallery so we planned a day in London to include a visit. What a treat the current exhibition, A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón collection was amazing. Artwork so alive you wanted to sit and watch to see what happened next. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Sir Frederic Leighton's house in the Holland Park area of London is a beautiful example of a luxurious Victorian House. It's interest is as much in the artworks that the house holds as the house itself, with beautiful original orientalist interiors. Built for the famous Victorian painter and sculptor in 1866 it is an eclectic mix of styles, from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was my first visit to the museum and I went specifically for the Victorian Obsession exhibition. The paintings were beautiful and on the whole we could stand up close or stand back to appreciate them without getting in anyone's way. I have recommended the exhibition to friends but would also like to go back when it is a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Alfred, Lord Leighton, was one of the most prominent Victorian painters. He was feted, admired and ennobled. He created Leighton House to impress and entertain the great artists, politicians and leading members of Victorian society. He left us a truly astonishing memorial which also tells us a great deal about the man himself. The entrance hall is a recreation of... More 

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