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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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Lord Leighton's studio house in Kensington is a gem and should not be missed by anyone interested either in his art or in Islamic ceramics and tiles, which Lord Leighton collected... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Lord Leighton's studio house in Kensington is a gem and should not be missed by anyone interested either in his art or in Islamic ceramics and tiles, which Lord Leighton collected and used to decorate several fascinating reception rooms. The garden behind is also beautiful, and the house itself is a unique example of studio houses built in London at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The house is about 10 minutes walk from Kensington high street tube. On a quiet side road next to the park. From the outside this looks like an ordinary house of the period (interesting in itself), however inside is pure magic. It's as if you've teleported to an exotic raid. The interior, apart from being visually amazing, is stuffed with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Leighton clearly had no qualms about using strong and dark colours and patterns, resulting in a most striking house, particularly the Arabian themed areas. The owners have done their best to re-create what it must have looked like, given that the contents were sold when Leighton died, and the house was used for other purposes. Thus various items of furniture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

An easy tube journey from Central London to Holland Park- a short stroll through the park and you will find Leighton House Museum however the signage is not brilliant so best to have an idea of the location before you set off. The museum itself was the Victorian house of Sir Frederic Leighton (a prominent Victorian painter and sculptor) and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

An interesting piece of architecture belonging to the famous artist who lived in Victoria times. It is a part of Victorian houses "collection" open for public in the posh area of London. Though most rooms are art studios filled with numerous oil paintings of the artist, there are couple of rooms belonging to the living quarters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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