Lauderdale House

Lauderdale House, London: Hours, Address, Lauderdale House Reviews: 3.5/5

Lauderdale House
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Built in 1582 and set in Waterlow Park, Lauderdale House runs primarily as an arts and education centre welcoming over 65,000 visitors annually. Our varied programme includes performances, exhibitions, classes and events, as well as weddings and parties, which together bring this historic building to life.
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1-2 hours
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Christine B
1 contribution
terrible service
Sep 2021
this summer, service has been slow and sometimes quite unpleasant, similar to a comment posted earlier in the year. yesterday midday, two girls not up to the task of dealing with a short line of customers, slow and disorganised
Written September 30, 2021
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LuchiaA
London, UK16 contributions
Aggressive manageress...
May 2021 • Friends
I visited this café in Waterloo Park two days ago We were served a the counter by charming Continental gentleman with a lovely sense of humour which made our Breakfast special.

However, we went back again today and the gentleman was not there and we were served by the most aggressive female manager (her name begins with “S”) who treated customers as though she were a guard in a concentration camp. No smile, no hint of niceness, just out to make customers lives difficult. We felt like children being castigated. 

We were not surprised to hear other customers a couple of tables away saying exactly the same. Just such a pity. Food wad fine.

Will we go back… Yes… But only on days that this lady is not on guard duty.
Written June 16, 2021
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Patry
1 contribution
Friendly staff
Sep 2020 • Solo
Very friendly staff. Food was excellent. Beautiful view of the Waterlow park😌
Great for a lunch / brunch
Written October 1, 2020
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Richard H
London, UK31 contributions
Genteel relaxed park and cafe
Nov 2019
A quiet, relaxing place, especially on a sunny day, with a beautiful park, often visited by mothers or nannies with young children. Cafe to match. Had a very good baguette but 'soup of the day' had no taste whatsoever - presumably a packet soup from the cupboard, although i imagine that would have been a lot more interesting.
Written November 14, 2019
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RPB1978
London, UK119 contributions
Fantastic spectacular science show
Apr 2019 • Family
Attended Mark Thompson's spectacular science show, which was absolutely fantastic.
Cafe was nice - really good food, which was quick to deliver, although drinks took a long time to prepare. Seating somewhat cramped, but a busy and nice little place for a snack.
Written April 13, 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
It’s the fun of walking down London
Sep 2018 • Solo
... and the more you get to do so, the more you’ll find yourself never knowing what will come lurking ’round the corner. Or if there will be a historic house in the next park. Once again this happens quite naturally, as I walk down from Highgate (the supposed highest points of London) to Archway and bump into this former Lord Mayor of London Richard Martin’s house, built 1582.

Two exhibitions are currently going on occupying both floors. With heavy price tags, you can imagine what it’s like having realized the house’s hybrid (read: ambiguous and competing) status – as a gallery, as a hire venue, as a theatre and as a community hub. And hence when a musician is playing Clare de Lune on a grand with a wedding occupies the lower gallery, a random visitor is also trying to at least take a glimpse of every art piece by comparing it to more of a bird-watching exercise.

But you can also wander off into the vintage staircase and the wooden door frame, that is the only part that is left of it. For around 1760 there has been a major renovation by the owner the Knapp family and most Tudorian features has then been replaced with their Georgian modish. And even the original front door is now at the rear.

A catalogue of house features sits quietly at the bottom of the staircase. It points to many, many aspects of the house, most of which could bring you trouble just to find where they are.

A map on page one would be much appreciated.

~master jonjon
Written February 6, 2019
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debfuller54
London, UK7 contributions
Very disappointing
Aug 2018 • Friends
The old cafe was much better. There are no proper meals or menus, just snacks in disposable bowls or plates.The little savoury tarts might fill up an elf. Reusable is much better than recyclable anyway and do the biodegradable bowls get composted? I doubt it. Why did they build the glass extension when they are not using it for anything? I hate paper crockery and won't be going back, there are other cafes in the area. its a shame as it's a lovely location. The snacks were average, nothing special.
Written August 22, 2018
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Robert S
39 contributions
Very disappointing
May 2018 • Couples
Lauderdale House and Waterlow Park we love. Shame about the restaurant! At lunchtime we stood in a small queue whilst what went on I know not and neither, apparently, did the staff. There were four people working there but after more than twenty minutes we should have walked out and got something to eat in Highgate High Street. I wish we had. We ordered eventually. The food when it came was not only very poor but also overpriced. Oh for the return of Michael, the Polish gentleman who used to have this franchise and made sure it was consistently excellent!
Written May 20, 2018
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bryanedwin
Milton Keynes, UK809 contributions
Worth Lauding
Apr 2018 • Friends
Splendid venue in a lovely little park deep in the heart of Highgate. Went to celebrate the life of a friend and colleague. It was a jolly affair with excellent wine, a fresh and regularly re-filled buffet and all served by cheerful and well-trained staff.
Written May 2, 2018
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gary w
Chiswick, UK1,271 contributions
Wonderful jazz venue, Clark Tracey Quintet just superb this Thursday!
Apr 2018 • Friends
This recently-renovated venue with its cosy cafe and new toilets is a great venue for music and art. We saw Clark Tracey (drums) with his impossibly young quintet of outstandingly good players - Alexandra Ridout (trumpet), Sean Payne (alto), Elliott Sansom (piano) and James Owston (bass) - deliver a very enjoyable set of standards and new material - some written by the amazing 19 yr old Alexandra Ridout, a BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year!
Wonderful evening of jazz - with free road parking outside in the evenings.
Highly recommended!
Written April 27, 2018
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Lauderdale House is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM