Dennis Severs’ House

Attractions , Historic buildings and sites Spitalfields
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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 noon-1.15pm, 5-9pm, Wed 5pm-9pm; Fri 5pm-9pm; Sun noon-3.15pm
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St
Price: £10 daytime visits, £15 evening visits, £7 selected Mondays
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David E

The most beautiful house of #London 😍 A taste of the opulent!! Vote for @DennisSeversHse at #LoveLondonAwards

Robert Y

Its so beautiful its breathtaking and wonderfully curated when you think of some of the tawdry touristy stuff around this feels and looks the real saving up to take my boyfriend and best friend at say the decorations are stunning is an understatement...its the best £10 you will spend anywhere in London on a Sunday...I was priveledged to meet Dennis a few times,what can i say ..Thank You xxx

Tina A

The house is exquisite in that it takes you on a journey and you feel as though the family are with you, watching, teasing the way we speak, the clothes we wear. It's an emotional experience where time stands still.


I love this place, it's what London does so well. Old, historical, vintage and slightly bonkers! 

Dennis Severs was an artist. He acquired the house back in 1979 and lived there until his death in 1999. On finding the house, he envisioned a family of Huguenot silk weavers living there in the early 18th century and so started creating the house as he felt they would have lived, staging scenes in every room, filling the house with belongings, necessities and playthings of its imagined predecessors. 

He left hints of activity and clues as to what went on behind closed doors – but with every intention of throwing them open for visitors to enjoy.The rules of the house command silence as you walk around, viewing scenes of untold stories, which hint of more. Dennis Severs imagined the house as his canvas and, like a scene in a painting; the things beyond the frame are left to our imagination. This is the ‘art’; the journey in our mind that the house sets us off upon.

If you visit Dennis Severs House, be warned, you will want to come back. The sets - or stories or installations - however you see it – will draw you in like your most intoxicating dreams. If you allow yourself to really look and see the details you might even be lucky enough to feel transported to the very depths of the 18th century. To a warm kitchen filled with delicious treats, a fireplace in the drawing room full of promises of poetry - and stories of adventures past. Or feel the air of desperation in the sparse lodger’s quarters or the taste of hedonism hinted by the rumpled bed sheets and sumptuous dresser of the bedroom with half-drunk glasses of port.

It really is a unique experience to come here, switch off from the outside world and step inside a new time zone and let someone else's imagination tap into yours.....

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.