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Kenwood House, London

4.6
#25 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Art Museum Historic Site
Renowned for the artwork it houses, Kenwood House is a grand, stately home with a beautiful garden and sculptures. Dating from the 17th century, architects and owners of the attraction gradually added a library, portico, offices, kitchen buildings, and a brewery over the years. Today, the brewery serves as a restaurant where you can grab lunch after exploring the lavishly decorated rooms and grounds. Look for the sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, and Eugène Dodeigne in the gardens, and take a walk through the ancient woodlands. This attraction was also featured in the 1999 film "Notting Hill." Work out when and for how long to visit Kenwood House and other London attractions using our handy London tour planner.
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  • Kenwood House in Hampstead is well worth a visit. Do go to the Brew House for a very nice selection of pastries and beverages. Very popular, the clientele and their dogs looked very happy, as were we.  more »
  • If you're lucky enough to see some blue sky, it's hard to imagine a more perfect place to enjoy a good old Full English al fresco. The Brew House is tucked behind Kenwood House and offers a range of f...  more »
  • We walked through Hampstead Heath up to Kenwood House - you can tour the house for free and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. If you don't like to walk, you can take the tube then a bus up to the ho...  more »
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  • Beautiful building. Stunning works of art in lovely setting. What's not to like? And all free of any charges. 3 different presentations given about 3 works of art, given by knowledgeable volunteers.
  • Free entry with £5 suggested donation. It's English Heritage. Useful guidebooks in each room explaining the various paintings and other items. Nice outside area to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake afterwards.
  • Not ruined by tourists as quite far from the tube station. Lots of dog walkers and a nice cafe/restaurant in historic out buildings.
  • Free museum in Hampstead Park. Small but very interesting art collection. Very helpful and friendly staff. Located in Hampstead Heath. Gardens and cafe nearby. Children play area in the house. Interesting library decor.
  • This place is a well hidden gem for non locals. A walk away underground stations but it's definitely worth it. The gardens this time of the year are simply stunning- a dive into the Victorian era.

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