The only modernist house open to the public, the National Trust property of 2 Willow Road is the former family home of the architect Ernö Goldfinger, who designed it, and remains unchanged since 1939. The house was designed to be flexible, with movable partitions and folding doors. Home to Goldfinger and his wife until their deaths, it contains a charmingly idiosyncratic collection of art by the likes of Max Ernst and Henry Moore. Viewing of 2 Willow Road is by tours at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm and free-flow access 3-5pm. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible (wheelchair users can view the rest of the house on film). The house also organises a programme of walks.
2 Willow Road
|Venue name:||2 Willow Road||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (last adm 4.30pm).|
|Transport:||Tube: Hampstead/Belsize Park|
|Price:||£6 (£9 joint ticket with Fenton House), £3 children, £15 family ticket, free National Trust mems|
Preserved by the National Trust, this slice of mid-mod magic in Hampstead is great for a weekend mooch. You'll get to see the house just as it was when the Goldfingers lived here – a little rough around the edges but that's all part of the charm. It's a house full of textures – wood, concrete, brass, rope – and interesting collections. Make an afternoon of it by visiting the NT's Fenton House nearby.