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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
Phone Number: 020 7602 3316
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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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Excellent, though lesser known, museum of London

Newly extensively refurbished home and studio of Lord Leighton. exhibition just starting, Pre=Raphaelites on Paper, from the Lanigan Collection. Due to end on 29 May 2016... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Newly extensively refurbished home and studio of Lord Leighton. exhibition just starting, Pre=Raphaelites on Paper, from the Lanigan Collection. Due to end on 29 May 2016. The building alone is well=worth the 10 pound entry fee.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a wonderful insight into a Victorian artist and celebrity of the day. The interior has to be seen to be appreciated, the tour was excellent and I will be back to take longer to view the many pieces of art on view.

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1 Thank Jane A
Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Small museum, the downstairs has is interesting to see particularly the tiled walls. I did not find it as interesting or as worthwhile as other reviews I had read on this site prior to my visit. I had seen the Wallace Collection before this which is far superior.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Leighton House hides behind an unassuming facade, but its interior is spectacular. Lord Leighton, an enigmatic Victorian artist, collected Moorish tiles and used them to adorn the inside of his house. The main hall downstairs is completely covered in the most gorgeous tiles. Upstairs you can visit his painting studio and take in the (relatively) austere surroundings of his bedroom.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Among the top 5 house museums I have visited. Stunning interior design. I wish photography was allowed. So many interesting details! Design buffs should plan to spend no less than 2 hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we'd never heard of Frederick Leighton the painter or his house, but now can hardly stop talking about this house to anyone who might enjoy the sight of authentic historic Islamic tiles and other decorative features lovingly preserved in a house built specially to show-case them

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entering the house you are immediately transported back to when Lord Leighton lived there. The Arabian Hall is stunning as is the upstairs studio and gallery. Unfortunately not able o go into gardens as it was raining heavily - but I will be back in the future. Thoroughly recommend this lesser known gem!

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London England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not the easiest museum to find, tucked away behind Kensington High Street, but worth the effort. The building itself is the star - the architecture and decor are sumptious with a strong Islamic flavour. The Arab Hall really makes you feel that you are the courtyard of a house somewhere in the Middle East or Moorish Spain. Some interesting artwork... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

It's difficult to know what to expect when you're standing outside, but this former house now museum is a real hidden gem. Inside it is a mixture of period decorations combined with opulent splendor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This museum which is the house of a famous artist is a true treasure. I was so happy to discover it and enjoyed visiting it very much.

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