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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery
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A really interesting house to visit

This house is a bit of a quirky oasis. Glorious coloured tiles from Damascus and Turkey cover the... read more

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TravellerGillian
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Caterham, United Kingdom
beautiful over the top house

This piece of High Victorian art is worth seeing; the ornamentation and paintings are a delight. A... read more

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday

This house is a bit of a quirky oasis. Glorious coloured tiles from Damascus and Turkey cover the walls of some of the rooms in the house. William Morris fabrics have been carefully reproduced to exactly match original fabrics used for curtains and soft furnishings. Many paintings and sculptures are also present. Well worth a visit.

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This piece of High Victorian art is worth seeing; the ornamentation and paintings are a delight. A pity that the guides were not all that inspiring, although the curator definitely was

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the former home of Lord Frederic Leighton, former president of the Royal Academy. It began life as an ordinary brick house, but the additions and decorations included by architect George Aitchhison transformed the house into a stunning showplace reflecting the values of the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements. The Arab hall, a domed space with stained glass windows, antique Syrian tiles, and gold leaf is worth the price of admission alone. I can't decide if that or the stunning teal blue tiled Narcissus Hall and adjoining staircase hall are my favorite spaces, they are all so beautiful. Upstairs are Leighton's modest bedroom, spaces for entertaining as well as working. In ancient Rome, homes were not only domestic space, but public and sacred space. If you consider Leighton's art his sacred vocation, then this house could be said to be a descendant of the old domus. The large studio with it's skylights has an apse with an elevated stage that was and continues to be used for musical performances. There is another skylighted conservatory like space which was used as a winter studio and is currently used for exhibitions. The art is beautiful to behold with works by not only Leighton, but his friends and contemporaries of the later Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements. Seeing them in situ with period furnishings and decorations takes you back to the 19th century, and a time when the beauty of an object was just as important as its function.

I went for a curator talk on a previous visit, and they also have excellent public and educational programs. I love Leighton House so much, I include it in my top three of London museums in addition to the National Gallery and the V&A. This is such an intimate space, and during my last visit it was half term. While families were off at the big places with blockbusters, I pretty much had the place to myself. On the one hand, it's a pity. This beauty needs more public appreciation. On the other hand, in that quiet space with a little imagination you could fancy that Lord Leighton and Dorothy Dene were just in the next room and about to stroll in and join you.

1  Thank Bethanie R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommend this museum for a short interlude from hectic sightseeing in London. Set in leafy, Holland Park neighborhood, this was both the home and studio of acclaimed British artist, Frederic Leighton. It is called “a private palace of art.” Leighton applied his artistic imagination to every surface. Walls, ceilings and floors became works of art. You can enjoy the house in about an hour. Its stunning beauty won’t disappoint. Beautiful Holland Park is a short walk away.

Thank trammlrz
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Leighton had exotic tastes and clearly enjoyed creating this unique home with sumptuous decor including an entire room in arabic style with stunning imported tiles and window shutters. His vast studio on the upper floor gives a strong impression of the man at work, which is complemented by his positively spartan bedroom. I dropped one point off my rating only because the house is part way through a renovation programme (as of autumn 2018) which over the next couple of years will hopefully see the construction of an new extension designed to improve the information displays and access (currently pretty much impossible if you can't do stairs) for visitors. In the mean time the visitor information cards available in each of the rooms are looking rather worn and out of date - its understandable that they are a low priority for now but it does make a self-guided visit a little frustrating. Ideally therefore, if you can't wait a couple of years until the extension is complete, time your visit so you can join a guided tour! Still a lovely place to wander round and soak up some very special atmosphere though...

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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This former studio of Lord Leighton is fascinating. The curator gave a fascinating talk which brought it to life. Plenty of guides as well if your visit does not mesh with a tour time. Can’t believe I lived nearby for over twenty years before I visited.

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Reviewed August 25, 2018

When you walk in you realise straight away this is somewhere special. The colours and patterns are everywhere! I especially love the indoor fountain. The visit is self guided with interesting information sheets in every room and some wonderful paintings. It is like stepping into another world.

1  Thank Jg H
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

The Arab Hall is absolutely stunning, although it would be a good idea to arrange some benches or chairs around the room, to allow visitors to sit and contemplate its beauty.
Surprisingly, there were no guides in any of the rooms.
Maybe the garden could be better maintained (at least, the grass to be cut).

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Reviewed August 19, 2018

We saw a wonderful exhibit of Alma Tadema's paintings but the setting was also quite magical. We also had a delightful lunch at Cafe Tarte, around the corner on Kensington High, welcoming staff and delicious food.

Thank NortheastJim
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Other than the magnificent Arab hall there is not much to see here. Nice to drop by but not worth a trip on its own

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