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18 Stafford Terrace

Museums, History Kensington
3 out of 5 stars
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Formerly known as Linley Sambourne House, the Kensington address where from 1875 Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne lived with his wife and two children provides a chance to see a late-Victorian, middle-class home that has survived largely unchanged. The house was passed on from one generation of the family to the next and almost all the original decoration remains intact, the rooms filled with the furniture and personal possessions the Sambournes left behind. A huge archive of diaries, papers, bills and letters also survives, providing an exceptionally detailed picture of daily life in the house. Visits have previously been by guided tour only, but from September 23 2015 the house will be open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons for guests to simply drop in. Tours will still run on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The house closes for two months each summer for maintenance and restoration.


Venue name: 18 Stafford Terrace
Address: 18 Stafford Terrace
W8 7BH
Opening hours: 2pm-5.30pm Wed, Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington
Price: £7, £5 concs
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Want to know more about Victorian London? You should visit this unique house, beautifully frozen in time.

Unlike other places where you feel the décor has been reconstructed to look like old times, here you have a sense of what it is to actually live in another century and go on with your everyday life. Very interesting.

The house is slightly smaller that you’d expect but still an enlightening visit.

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