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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Wed 18:00 - 21:00
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Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life...

Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.

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Denis Sever's house is a non-museum museum that seeks to inspire visitors to experience, even if only vaguely, what life would have been like in the historical periods in which... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2016
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vancouver, bc
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

Denis Sever's house is a non-museum museum that seeks to inspire visitors to experience, even if only vaguely, what life would have been like in the historical periods in which the house was built and occupied. Each room is a still life into which the visitor enters. Depending upon one's sensibilities, the smells and sounds might please or irritate. I... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

As one is rather rudely but silently reminded throughout this so-called "still-life drama," "you either see it or you don't." I guess I didn't see it. If you're actually interested in London history, depicted authentically, go see the vastly more interesting and authentic (and free) Geffrye Museum. Price has evidently gone up recently too.

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1 Thank David B
Northampton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

A unique experience. This is a series of still life images of life in an 18th to early 19th century house, brought to life. You progress round the house from room to room in silence, accompanied only by the creaking floorboards and the flickering candlelight. It is as if you had walked into an oil painting. We will definitely be... More 

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Enfield
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

This really does take you back to Georgian times. The house is such that it looks as though the family has just popped out the tea is still in the cups, the fire still burning and the lamps and candles still lit. There are sewing items and books which look as though they have just been put down. there is... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

On a recent trip to London, we were fortunate to be able to visit the Dennis Severs' House on a Wednesday evening. The visit was definitely worthwhile. The house is an interesting blend of London history that is presented artistically. The tour is silent and candlelit. Your senses are bombarded by various scents, subtle sounds, and object presentations. It is... More 

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tianjin china
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

I am still not sure whether I loved the place - or not! It is certainly different and a very clever way to show just what life was like all those years ago. So many houses on exhibition are simply just that - houses. This is a home and you really can imagine how it was to live there. I... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

This was my second trip and the house is still the best place in the city to experience London'd history. The no-talking rule, coupled with smells, sounds and a dizzying array of artefacts really takes you back to how people used to live. Highly recommended.

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Beckton, null, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

I didn't know much about this house before I visited and wasn't sure what to expect. We arrived at 12.00pm when it opened but after seeing the queue decided to have lunch and a wander around the nearby market. We came back about 2.00pm and were delighted to see no queue. After a very brief intro we were let inside.... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

Don't, please, complain about the short opening house, the darkness, the mess, the smell, the creaky bits, the muddle, the dirt, the collapsing ceilings, the silence, the half heard whispering, the Bow bells and things. Instead, enjoy and relish the short opening house, the darkness, the mess, the smell, the creaky bits, the muddle, the dirt, the collapsing ceilings, the... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

The window of opportunity for visiting this house is very small - the building is fragile and does not allow large numbers to visit it at any one time. However there is nothing else like it for period atmosphere. Everything in the house is evocative of time past when added to the smells and sound effects. Really wonderful.

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