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“Quirky”

Dennis Severs' House
Ranked #227 of 1,695 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

An unusual experience given that this house is lit by candlelight & open fires alone and that you can get right up close to objects to view them. We found the top floor to be the most atmospheric of the 5 floors. However, the presence of discarded plastic plant pots in the tiny courtyard and a Charles & Diana engagement mug to jar somewhat with the authenticity of what the creator supposedly intended with this 'experience'.

Please note the bathroom facilities are courtesy of the pub across the street as bathrooms didn't come into being until after the 18th century!

1  Thank pooCheshire_England
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

If enough people say something is wonderful others are inclined to suspend their critical faculties and go along with it. Even when they harbour doubts they tend not to voice them for fear of sounding like a curmudgeon or philistine. Not me.

Most of the reviews of this house overrate it vastly. It is a mildly interesting oddity, the product of its founder's obsession with accumulating miscellaneous artefacts and then arranging them as though fitting out a dolls house. But it's just a great jumble of stuff that looks to me as though it sacrifices historical authenticity to so called atmosphere and a supposedly profound experience. In fact, the atmosphere is attributable to nothing much more than the dark gloom of the rooms and the experience is so elusive that signs in each room keeping asking you if you have 'got it yet'. No, I didn't really get it and I don't think it was really there to get.

I am not saying the emperor has no clothes, just that what he does have are faded and worn. It's an OK thing to do if you have no better ways to spend £10 on a wet Sunday afternoon but don't fool yourself by believing all the hype.

9  Thank Torrepinerolo
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is not a museum , it's an experience that captures the senses and the emotions.
Nothing at all happens, there are no 'big screens' nothing is interactive. You enter a space
and walk from set to set, or room to room. The smells and sounds are there for you to perceive.
If you aren't willing to engage this will be the worst £7 you'll ever spend. If you like to imagine and think you'll go away with an experience beyond value.
Do go and enjoy. I live in London and am very picky about the things I recommend.

2  Thank Tess026
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Never been to anything else like this. Just attended the christmas Evening for the second time. It's now our thing to do when we have guests in London for Christmas. Amazingly atmospheric. Forget the "stuff". It's about the experience. Be sure and check the website for opening times.

2  Thank Incognito56
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We visited the house on Christmas Eve, when festive decorations add to the flavour in many of the rooms and you can finish your trip with mulled wine and a chat with the curator. It is an amazing house - not a museum, more an art installation or time capsule that addresses all the senses, sight, sound, smell, colour. Best to go, I think, on a dark winter evening with the candles lit and the shadows flickering. It's not a cheap experience but I guarantee you will be talking about for some time after your visit. Highly recommended and another truly unique London experience.

Thank Vagabundo1960
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