Dennis Severs’ House

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Dennis Severs’ House is a time capsule attraction in which visitors are immersed in a unique form of theatre. The ten rooms of this original Huguenot house have been decked out to recreate snapshots of life in Spitalfields between 1724 and 1914. An escorted tour through the compelling ‘still-life drama’, as American creator Dennis Severs put it, takes you through the cellar, kitchen, dining room, smoking room and upstairs to the bedrooms. With hearth and candles burning, smells lingering and objects scattered apparently haphazardly, it feels as though the inhabitants had deserted the rooms only moments before. The Dennis Severs House tour is unsuitable for children as tours are conducted in silence.

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Venue name: Dennis Severs’ House
Address: 18
Folgate St
E1 6BX
Opening hours: Mon, Wed 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-4pm; selected Mon noon-2pm
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St
Price: £10 daytime visits, £14 evening visits, £7 selected Mondays
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Bonnie W

Dennis Sever’s House lets you step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of what it would have been like to live in an east London weaver’s cottage a couple of centuries ago. I recently visited on a Sunday when the house was all decorated for Christmas. The weeks surrounding Christmas are the most popular time to visit, and even though I arrived 15 minutes after the house opened, I had to queue for 45 minutes before I was able to tour the house. It was definitely worth the wait! I think the thing that makes the experience so unique is that you are not allowed to talk when looking through the house. You're supposed to step back in time (this includes having your mobile on silent and not looking at it) and just take in the different scenes that greet you in each of the 10 rooms. The whole experience has a magical air to it.


Loved the house - what a unique place, unlike any museum I have been to before. Really fascinating and we easily spent 45 minutes in silence just staring at everything. Appeals very much to the nosey who like to look around how other people live, but with a time traveller twist. Only downsides are that other annoying people kept talking (please enforce the silence more severely); the signs around the house were patronising (yes, we are getting how this house works, stop telling us we don't); and some parts are a little shabby (you can tell the difference between period shabby and just things that have worn down through all the people staring at them). Overall, definitely a must see as there is not another place quite like this!

Mick R

A unique experience and well worth the admission price. Difficult to describe (I said it was unique); it's a bit like your arrival has startled and scared away the ghosts of the Jervis's. The rooms aren't huge (a comment, not a criticism) like all similar houses so that limits numbers. However there's a lot to see and take in in each room and it's a visit best not rushed. If you visit I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Lynn Jackson

Absolutely brilliant! A real piece of living history. The attention to detail is amazing, like stepping back 300 years. All museums should be done this way, if it were possible. Highly recommended.