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|
12 Holland Park Road
|Opening hours:||Wed-Mon 10am-5.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: High Street Kensington|
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Stunning rooms , full of atmosphere and drama and presented to the highest standards. You can vividly imagine Lord Leighton entering upon the scene at any moment!An excellent programme of related workshops and talks.
Stunning building and wonderful insight into the inspiration of the artists that inhabited this area
This is a simply beautiful, magical and unique place. The exhibitions are a well curated and perfectly fit with Leighton's ethos. The Arab Hall never fails to impress!
Small but beautiful, a hidden gem unknown to many, a perfect afternoon out and one which will prove so much more popular once the Design Museum opens at the Commonwealth Institute.
A Victorian masterpiece of Arabic design by the artist and one time Director of the Royal Academy, Lord Frederick Leighton, that echoes the Pre-Raphaelite love of beauty. A gallery, an art studio and theatre - a place to linger whilst taking in beautiful ceramics and a gilded interior dome. A real home once, that one of its amazing attributes.
Leighton House and grounds retains the special character which Lord Leighton designed into it and showcases some of the finest features of Islamic art- such as in the Arab Hall -alongside some of the finest works of the high Victorian period. Yet It is still homely and welcoming and has in recent years become more recognised as a fine location for diverse art exhibitions from around the world. It also plays an important role with local schools in helping their pupils to appreciate an extensive range of art. An evening in Leighton House whether for art or music is delightful
Spectacular interior, fascinating history, vibrant events and amazing collection of Victorian art! A must to visit in Kensington
This is a fascinating house, beautifully restored with well-informed guides who describe the life of Frederick Leighton and his world. There are always new exhibitions and events to entice you back, and you won't be disappointed
Almost makes going abroad unnecessary. The house and gardens are an oasis of calm in themselves. Even better when they are used as a venue for films, exhibitions and concerts. Had some wonderful moments here.
Amazing house. Being restored to its original as when Leighton used to live there. This treasure is away from the tourist trail (no signposting from the future/new design museum and future-renovated odeon cinema on Kensington High Street near Holland Park entrance) but reveals a trove of details regarding victorian times, travels and art. Leighton played a role in art in 19th century which should be better known. I wish LHM could afford to develop an audio guide that gives the visitor the possibility to "hear" more about furniture, paintings, decoration, way of life, the owner and artist, etc. Nice little shop too.
Love Leighton's House and Museum, great charm, character and fountain room, will return again and again.
I have been going here since I was a child and fell in the fountain. It is just lovely. A special haven, always fascinating. I love the canvas post box in the wall of the studio.
This museum is absolutely unique with their facade and beautiful garden. The exhibition are very high end and very exclusive. The whole experience is fantastic!
One of the most beautiful museums in London. Stunning and peaceful. With an amazing curator who not only arranges London most extraordinary exhibitions, but an entire yearly calendar of unique and fantastic events. Every Londonderry should be here on a weekly basis in my opinion
Tiles ,art, courtyard in the house ,the grilles and screens , chandelier..There is so much beauty in this house inspired and sourced by Leighton's overseas travels ..The colours within. .and to boot , a beautiful garden space to sit and ponder. .You could imagine being in England or in aliens.
This place is absolutely stunning. I fell in love with the arab hall and its Syrian and William de Morgan tiles. The rest of the house is beautiful too with its decadent wallpapers, authentic Victorian paintings and luxurious persian rugs. I just can't get enough of it!
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.
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