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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

#127 of 1,522 things to do in London
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Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic,...

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 the United Kingdom, 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.

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Fascinating look at an artist's life

This is a museum that's definitely off the beaten path and probably not for everyone. It's the house of Frederic Leighton and not a truly large house at that. However, the man... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum that's definitely off the beaten path and probably not for everyone. It's the house of Frederic Leighton and not a truly large house at that. However, the man had an eye for design and so the place is gorgeous and filled with all sorts of interesting artworks. I happened to be lucky enough to go when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted to steer away from some of the overly touristy attractions in London and found this museum after a fair bit of research. I even dragged my friend who's lived in London for 2 years with me since she's never heard of the place. We went by foot which seemed to take a while (mainly because we didn't know... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The interior is cute, but nothing particularly exciting. If you enjoy Leighton as a painter, then sure, but otherwise it is a small house made up of only a few rooms, not worth the price of admission or time spent when there are many better quality historic houses available for free around London. Also, they do not allow photography, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy the art of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, then this house, the home and studio of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a must to visit. This house is tucked away just behind Kensington High Street is managed by the local authority. Don't forget to take membership cards like National Trust to get discounts on entry. On the ground floor there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was sitting in the Kyoto garden and looked on trip advisor for ' things locally' - pootled down to Leighton house on the off chance. I'm not really arty , so not so interested in his works, but I LOVED the Arabian hall and stairwell. Was well worth the £6 national trust half price discount. Wouldn't have been value at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the house and studio of Victorian artist Sir Frederick Leighton. Perfectly preserved and a joy to look around. An oasis just a short stroll from the busy Kensington High Street! take a look at the new Design Museum afterwards just near by. Well worth a visit too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A 5 minute walk down Kensington High Street is this amazing home of Lord Leighton, who used it manly as a gallery to show off his own art and that he had collected on his travels. The Arab hall is just amazing and worth going for alone. I attended an hours tour of the building which was interesting and gave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I had a very enjoyable visit here in December. I have visited before, and came specially to see the Flaming June exhibition, which runs until April 2nd 2017. The free guided tour was superb - it lasted for about 1.5 hours, the lady giving the tour was pleasant, helpful and extremely knowledgeable, and additional information provided by this really helped... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Worth an excursion to see this beautiful building and the Flaming June exhibition. The audio guide was helpful and clear and I'd recommend it. Entrance fee is a little pricey, but comparable with entry to other paid London exhibitions. The woman on reception needs to cheer up and improve her attitude: rude and snappy. But if you can ignore her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Back to see this small exhibition at Leighton House. Wonderful to stroll around the studio, take in the atmosphere and studio dust and collection of objects and then to walk through to the gallery. Here you are confronted by a giant photograph taken on Open Sunday. You see this in black and white and then advance to the next space... More 

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