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House of Illustration

2 Granary Square | King's Cross, London N1C 4BH, England
+44 20 3696 2020
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Very well located off Granary Square near the two main Kings Cross stations. However, There are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SavTrav666
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Very small and not much to see

Visited today and I was not impressed. There are 3 main rooms which are very small and don't... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2018
tmboni
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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 area, it is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms; from advertisements to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design. A registered charity, House of Illustration identifies and promotes new illustration talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering illustrator-led education and outreach programme.
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2 Granary Square | King's Cross, London N1C 4BH, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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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

Thank tmboni
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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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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

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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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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

To be found a 5 minute walk behind Kings Cross Station in the newly regenerated area on York Way. £8.25 for entry is a steal for access to 2 exhibitions here. I visited for the Made in North Korea which was excellent so much to...More

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Dear Nicola81677 Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - we're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us and found the Made in North Korea exhibition to be excellent. We hope that you'll visit us again and enjoy...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Had a really good hour or so here, visiting the exhibition about North Korea. If you're in London, this is definitely worth a visit. It was fascinating to view items from such a secretive state. A real eye-opener into a culture where so little is...More

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Dear ClaireB19882453 We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us and that the Made in North Korea exhibition proved to be an eye-opener! Great that you enjoyed our shop too - we hope you'll come and visit us again soon!

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

This was my first visit to this new gallery which is near Kings Cross. I came specifically to see the North Korea exhibition as I wanted to learn more about this reclusive nation. There was a good display of "Socialist" realism posters and plenty of...More

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Dear MYDOGISFINN We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Made in North Korea exhibition and are sorry that you were not happy with the merchandise. We were unable to reproduce the images because it would be wrong to reproduce images for sale without the...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Never expected to find so much of interest here. Who knew? Small but near perfect museum with work displayed well, good labels, great signage. Gerald Scarfe show was an eye-opener with work from the Nutcracker to The Wall. Well worth many return visits. Staff is...More

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

Dear artmatterspgh, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and will be returning! We're very happy to hear that we're your new favourite place in London. Do come and visit again soon!

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Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

We traveled to see the advertised Quentin Blake exhibition, it was interesting, but very small. The rest of the gallery was closed and we were not told that when we purchased our tickets. Feel duped :-( Will never go backMore

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear T0mT0m000, I'm sorry to see that you were disappointed by your visit. Whilst we do encourage people to check our website for details of which exhibitions are open when, I'm sorry that you were not given the correct information when you purchased your tickets....More

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Reviewed January 23, 2018

Small museum but fascinating. The Gerald Scarfe exhibition worth the visit. Ends Feb 10th though. I didn't know he did so many stage production designs. All the rooms had interesting exhibits. The shop is small but packed with prints, art books, post cards. No cafe...More

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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2018

Dear Marianne B, We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit - for anyone who missed the Gerald Scarfe exhibition, it will be touring to The Gallery at The Winchester Discovery Centre from the 31st March. Pleased to know that you liked our...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

A small museum with a limited number of rooms but what is there is of a high standard. The Gerald Scarfe work, the reason why we went, is thought provoking and shows the artist's ability to work across media. I will now always think of...More

Thank Tamzie
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HBHOITRIP, Front Office Manager at House of Illustration, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Dear Tamzie, Thank you for writing us a review - we're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Gerald Scarfe exhibition and quite! Rather a departure from his more recent roles! We hope you'll come and visit our future exhibitions - hopefully there will be...More

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