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“Hidden Gem”

Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #143 of 1,765 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in London, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

This has been on my list of places to visit for many years, as I have lived in West London for decades. It took a friend from abroad to propel me to this beautiful gem of a house/museum.
The interior is exquisite, of particular note is the Moroccan Hallway with its gently trickling fountain and beautiful turquoise tiles. The centrepiece of the building of course is the artist's studio upstairs, where , with the help of carefully researched exhibits you can trace the genesis of many of his paintings. No starving artist in a French garrett, this,but a wealthy man with even wealthier patrons (Holland Family) It is apparent that his dedication to his art was total. I earwigged a tour that commenced whilst I was enjoying the studio, and the quality of the interpretation was brilliant, so I would highly recommend taking the guided tour. The garden is peaceful which is amazing since it is a stones throw from Kensington High Street. If you have a spare hour or two and you are in the area you will not be disappointed. Having visited once you revisit for a year for free!

Thank Paraffle
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Outside the building doesn't look like much, but the interior is wonderful. Lord Leighton (a Victorian painter) was a bachelor so he only had one, rather modest, bedroom. The rest of the house is beautifully decorated, especially the tiled hall, which is quite breathtakingly beautiful. There is a fine collection of paintings and drawings, not just Leighton's. It's also interesting to see his studio, and there are lots of photos to show how it looked in his day. There is plenty of information in each room - you don't need to buy a guide book. I highly recommend this!

Thank 123Mary123
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Leighton House Museum is a small house with a beautiful collection of varied artifacts. If you are a National Trust member, the entry fee is halved. A real find near Holland Park, which is also worth a visit.

Thank Margrit G
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is an astonishing little place, the former home of Lord Frederic Leighton, artist and President of the Royal Academy from 1878 until his death here in 1896. Situated just off Kensington High Street and a few minutes walk from Holland Park, this is an absolutely delightful place to visit and spend an hour or two.

A mixed reception on entry... (a very warm, helpful and highly informative chap, in sharp contrast to a young and very patronising lady). Some staff training required perhaps.

Ah well, this was quickly forgotten once we stepped into this utterly unique and beautiful bijou palace of arts. I am so glad I did not research it in too much detail before our visit, as the surprise in store was truly wonderful. The Arab Hall, paintings, mosaics, sculpture, screens, furniture, textiles, the light, the colours, and the information on hand in every room. Whilst small in size and not taking long to amble round in wonderment, it is certainly worth the effort. A truly unique and magical place indeed, highly recommended.

Thank Nimitta
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The house of Lord Leighton, famous for painting Flaming June, is a stunningly decorated residence off Kensington High Street, close to Holland Park. There is a cool fountain and lovely mosaics. The tiles by William de Morgan are beautiful and since it has been renovated and furnished so that it now looks like a home, it is even better. There are some wonderful pictures by Leighton around the house which has a sort of Morrocon feel to it.

Thank Jan R
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