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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
Phone Number: 020 7247 4013
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era...
Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
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Thought-provoking exercise in historical recreation.

Part museum, part art installation; all geared toward imbuing visitors with a sense of having time-travelled to a London home of the 18th and 19th centuries. The home is lit only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Seattle, Washington

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

...it is a magical experience. You hear bells tolling and horses clopping on the cobbles, smell herbs and foods, and see amazing collections of stuff, as if the inhabitants just stepped out. Everywhere you look there is something new to delight. The spare signage helps orient you, and reminds you to soak it all in, and leave the modern world... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We LOVED that the "no photos, no talking" rule! So often you go somewhere and some loud tourists ruin your experience. In this place-silence and light ARE the experience, as well as all the sounds you will hear. It is true that our memories of scents are the most everlasting. I could forget some of the details of our trip... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Entering Dennis Severs' House at 18 Folgate Street is like stepping back in time. If you are used to the pristine presentation of furnishings and decoration in National Trust properties, 18 Folgate Street comes as a huge shock - expect to sees how life was really lived by Londoners of the 17th -19th centuries, including the many cobwebs, grubby clothes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

You need to book in advance and they will give you a specified time to start your visit (plan for about 30-45 minutes). I did read the stories of each of the rooms on the website but completely forgot them while visiting -- I must say that the point of the stories was quite lost on me. Maybe I am... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Part museum, part art installation; all geared toward imbuing visitors with a sense of having time-travelled to a London home of the 18th and 19th centuries. The home is lit only by candlelight allowing one to view the house and its contents as they were seen by their residents in the past. The scents of food still on the tables,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

At first glance, this appears to be a restored historic home. But look closer! Look past the objects and see the story that each room is telling you. The joy when the pieces fall into place is astounding. Hours are short, so plan ahead. (Also, Spitalfields market is close by for Lunch.)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The people who run the house are incredibly friendly. It's in a quaint neighborhood in Shoreditch that's easy to get to and easy to locate. The experience was interesting--like walking through a series of 3-D, still-life portraits. However, some of the sound effects were a little cheesy and actually distracted from the experience, as did some of the scents that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

You climb through all creaking cobwebbed levels of this house...the date increasing as you climb, ending around 1837 or the accession of Queen Victoria. In each room the family members have just left...you can hear and smell them, see their portraits on the walls... candlelit, dusty, the patina of time left standing still.... This piece of theatre, created by Dennis... More 

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abu dhabi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I enjoyed this attraction, especially as I have Huguenot connections. However, I don't think a lot of people realize that this is not an actual silkweaver's house and the Jervis family is fictional. As far as I understand, the artefacts and furniture are just a hotchpotch of stuff collected by Dennis Severs to try to recreate an approximation of what... More 

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Brum
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Intriguing, unique and more importantly, open on a Monday evening when most cultural options in London are shut! This is a total assault on the senses, it is not just about what you see and smell, but the way the floorboards feel under your feet and the way the stairs and walls buckle and wind, even the small courtyard beyond... More 

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
Phone Number: 020 7247 4013
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Spitalfields
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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