Leighton House reopened in April 2010 after a £1.6 million refurbishment which has uncovered and restored many of the decorative schemes and features of the house, as well as a previously unseen staircase. In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. There were magnificent reception rooms downstairs designed for lavish entertaining, and a dramatic staircase leading to a huge light-filled studio taking up most of the first floor. Four extensions were added over the years, the most striking addition the ‘Arab Hall’, designed to showcase Leighton’s huge collection of sixteenth-century Middle Eastern glazed tiles. The house was created as a stage on which Leighton could play out his role as a great artist, contrasting with the tiny single bedroom, the only private space in the whole house. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior and the museum holds, or has on loan, some fine paintings as well as drawings and sketches.
|Venue name:||Leighton House Museum||Contact:|
12 Holland Park Road
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed-Sun 10am-5.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington|
|Price:||£10, concs £6|
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Absolute let down. £10 entry and you can experience the whole thing in under a minute. Honestly you can find more interesting architecture on the Edgware Road. Not even allowed to take photos, I really cant see why i would recommend this to anyone.
received a friendly welcome when we arrived and was pleased to discover that it is half price for national trust members. The photograph of the tiled entrance hall doesnt really do it justice, the colours really are stunning. There was an exhibition of work by the pre- Raphaelites throughout the house when we visited which I think is on until May. Really enjoyed our visit here and will definitely come again, next time when the gardens are open.
An amazing place, found by chance on the internet and visited on a whim. Well worth the admission price and a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The building is incredible, the decor even more breathtaking. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Wonderful place. You get caught in time just by being in its surroundings. Worth visiting. 5* place.