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Dennis Severs' House

London, United Kingdom
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About Dennis Severs' House
Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century & 19th-century life in England through the eyes of a family of Huguenot weaver.
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amanda g wrote a review Nov 2021
Bath, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
What a joy for the senses. The perfume and smells, the light and the gloom, the silk v’s the rough textures, the mead and the grapes, the visual extravaganza and. the. sounds. of. the .footsteps ...oh I won’t spoil it. We booked a guided tour around the house , treating ourselves to a glimpse through the ages from the late 1600 to Victorian times Feeling like honoured guests we engaged immediately in conversation with the knowledgable and erudite host.He made us feel like friends or neighbours popping in. He reeled us in at the first joke. Well, he kindly explained it too me later ( the 5 ingredients of punch....) The tour began... We were delighted, then horrified , quickly followed by amusement and shock, next sadness, then joy. It was such a delightful tour I expect I’ll go again to examine more of the artefacts. I’m not one for minding my own business
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Date of experience: November 2021
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1410295GANG wrote a review Nov 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom20 contributions25 helpful votes
A dramatic journey through history. We took the night tour..the house lit by candles. Each highly ornamented room representing a time period starting 1650s, wonderfully arranged with original objects or items made to fit the period. The guide was so professionally entertaining and brought each picture to life, telling tales and anecdotes and snatches of history. Highly recommended. I would like to go again in the daylight!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Squidhead wrote a review Nov 2021
Costa Mesa, California415 contributions165 helpful votes
From reading reviews, I believe that people who took the theatrical tour had a better experience overall than those (like me) who took the silent tour. However, for me personally, the silent tour was better. That way I could look at and experience the things which were interesting to me personally. The house is small and the rooms are cramped but that is the way the house was! I went with three friends and we all enjoyed exploring on our own. We would probably have enjoyed being able to point things out to each other (with words) but we understood why the experience was silent. I hope that future visitors here read about the different tours so they won't be disappointed by expecting something different than was actually here. This reminded me a bit of the Tenement Museum in NYC - what you see is how they lived.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Jose C wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom51 contributions13 helpful votes
I had great expectations, however I was disappointed. I thought that the fact you are asked to be on time was in order to ensure that not too many people would be at the same time in the house. We arrived 10/15 min earlier to ensure this and we were already invited to get in. I would have preferred to wait for the people who were already inside to finish their tour so we could have a bit more space and enjoy the silence (instead we could just hear people going up and downstairs). The decor and artefacts we could see were great and the light of the candles were lovely but it wasn’t enough candle light in our tour at 15.00pm to see many things, I guess it’s better in the morning? Only the fire in the kitchen was lit, the rest not even slightly warm and not a single promised crackling fire… (this would have helped to the lack of light) A few things were in the kitchen like an open pomegranate or a fresh pear with a bite, however I don’t think it was enough to make you feel as if the family had just left the kitchen. The welcoming host had a great voice and informed us about the house history and rules, however the guards in each floor didn’t add anything positive to the promised “experience”. I wouldn’t ask for them to wear a period costume but perhaps all black or at least something that would make them “blend” with the house? Because the lack of experience, and even acknowledging the quality and rarity of many items inside the house, it sadly reminded me of the fake touristic Sherlock Holmes museum in Baker Street…. Not sure this experience was what Dennis Severs had in mind….
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Diana wrote a review Oct 2021
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Fascinating visit, guided expertly by Joel through a social history of Spitalfields, by telling a tale of the house while walking through the richly decorated rooms - a wonderful experience!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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