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House of Illustration

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Excellent exhibition but..................

We travelled especially to see the Enid Mark exhibition which was excellent, not very keen on the... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2018
Tyke
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Birmingham, UK
Enid Marx and John Vernon Lord

Small but wonderful exhibition of 2 very interesting creative talents. Must see. I happened upon... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2018
annepwatson
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London, United Kingdom
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House of Illustration is the UK's only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened in July 2014 at the heart of the King's Cross regeneration...more
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

Came to see the Quentin Blake collection but there are only about 10 rather uninteresting illustrations in a small room. There were 2 other temporary exhibitions on. Come to see the temporary exhibitions if they are of interest but don't bother for Quentin Blake.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Rather expensive tickets for very little to see. Disappointed, not worthwile at all. No decent collection.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hellvis2
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2019

Dear hellvis2 We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. We are a charity and so have to charge for entry as we receive no public funding - our prices are in line with other exhibitions and other small galleries and...More

Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

I expected to see works by a range of illustrators from Arthur Rackham through Heath Robinson, EH Shepherd and Frank Frazetta to Skottie Young and Korky Paul. But no there are just two tiny galleries dedicated to single artist temporary exhibitions as it happens this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pura_Vida_Nico
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

Dear Pura_Vida_Nico We're sorry to hear that you are disappointed by the current exhibitions. As you say, we have a programme of changing exhibitions as it is not possible to exhibit every single illustrator who ever existed all in one go in the space that...More

Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Small but wonderful exhibition of 2 very interesting creative talents. Must see. I happened upon this exhibition as I’ve always wanted to visit the House of Illustration but have often missed the opening dates. A very friendly and informative space.More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank annepwatson
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear annepwatson Thank you for your review - we're really pleased to hear that you managed to visit us and found us friendly and informative. We hope you'll be able to come and visit us again in future and enjoy the exhibitions just as much...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018

We travelled especially to see the Enid Mark exhibition which was excellent, not very keen on the other show but that's just our opinion. We were happy to pay the entrance fee but having turned down the gift aid we were then asked to volunteer...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Tyke
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear Tyke, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Enid Marx exhibition and sorry if the entrance fee wasn't clear. I'll try and explain it as it might be useful for people to read: The way it works is that we have our adult...More

Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

We visited this lovely space on one of the hottest days of the year and were delighted by the air con and the lovely designs by Enid Marx. Always something interesting to see and you can picnic outside on the grass overlooking the Regents canalMore

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank christel
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear christel, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - we're pleased that you were able to take advantage of our air conditioning during the extremely hot weather. It was a nice escape from the sun! It's great to hear that...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely time visiting this informative exhibition on Enid Marx. Very good exhibition with lots to see..

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank markwI2074GI
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

Dear Mark W, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you'll be back again soon!

Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Very well located off Granary Square near the two main Kings Cross stations. However, There are only about 5 small rooms to view. Took 10 minutes in all. Not really suitable for children. They will not find it interesting because of the subject matter. The...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Dear SavTrav666, Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry you did not think it suitable for children - we provide activity sheets which encourage engagement with the exhibitions and host many school visits with children of all ages who enjoy their time here. We also...More

Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Visited today and I was not impressed. There are 3 main rooms which are very small and don't display much artwork. It allegedly houses the UK's largest permanent collection of Quentin Blake illustrations. It is really 10 drawings from one of his books. The rest...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2018

Dear tmboni I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit - I'm afraid you are mistaken about the alleged fact that we house the UK's largest permanent collection of Quentin Blake illustrations. We have access to his entire collection but we do...More

Reviewed May 12, 2018

We had high hopes but left feeling very disappointed. W paid the £8.25 entry fee but were not given the option to pay the reduced rate by opting out of the 'Gift Aid' portion. This was not explained and we only realised this when we...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank linda m
HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2018

Dear LMIL36 I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. All visitors should be told about Gift Aid and usually our team of volunteers are very good at this so I'm sorry that this was not the case on this occasion. I...More

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