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Leighton House Museum, London

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Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. Until 29 March the Museum showcases A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón Collection which presents over 52 pictures of leading Victorian artists rarely exhibited before.
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  • Fascinating and not too big! The artwork, furniture and the tiled hall are all exquisite and give a fascinating insight into the lives of Leighton and other artists of the period.  more »
  • Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, is at the edge of Holland Park. The walk from the Park takes you past an area known as Paradise Road, where a number of Victorian Artists created their own studi...  more »
  • The Arab Hall is amazing and a must see. We went on Sunday for the 3pm tour - I highly recommend this as it is a way of adding context to the house. Otherwise it would be a very short visit (we stayed...  more »
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  • You could be forgiven for thinking there is nothing to fire your senses when you stand outside of Leighton House & it's red brick facade. However, step inside and the painstaking recreation of the interior as Lord Leighton would have known it is worth the entrance fee. Beautiful gold leaf ceilings, arabic tiles, a fountain set into the floor & carved screens all await you on the ground floor. Upstairs you enter Leighton's studio where the walls are adorned with a collection of his paintings and sketches. There are frequent exhibitions of work by Leighton & his contemporaries to keep you coming back & certainly, if you have a love of Victorian art, it is worth a journey. The staff are friendly & helpful, the toilet facilities are clean & the small shop provides a selection of books, jewellery, cards & decorative items. Located adjacent to Holland Park, which is also worth a visit to admire the formal & not so formal gardens & a surprise of a walkway with beautifully painted murals depicting a Victorian garden party at Holland House.
  • HARD TO SUPPORT AN ESTABLISHMENT THAT DOESN'T SUPPORT THE DISABLED This is a wonderfully magic location just on the edge of Holland Park. A house of inspirational architecture and a story to match. It was a new experience for me as friends had brought me along (takes a lot to show me something in London I didn't know about). The problem however came when we were entering and discovered there was an entrance free. As you'll probably know by now, most museums in London are free to enter. This venue however had an entry fee of £9 standard, £7 Concessions, half-price for NT Members and FREE for Art Fund Members (National Art Pass), Friends of Leighton House, Under 12s, Museums Association Members*, ICOM Members*, Accredited Press*. One of our group is Disabled and requires a Carer. Normally, venues allow carers in for Free (as they are there to facilitate the visit that the disabled person would be unable to do without them and therefore should incur no more cost) but here they wanted to charge. As the disabled person was on benefits, they'd be entitled to the concession rate, but they then also had to pay for their carer at the same rate, which is essence meant they were paying twice as much as everyone else, which financially they were unable to do. It seemed strange that the person at reception, wouldn't have just comped the ticket, upon hearing of the plight, but they insisted that it would have to be paid for. Our guest, decided not to take the offer of our financial assistance to pay for their carers ticket, almost on principal I believe. It marred an otherwise wonderful experience and I hope the process of writing this review may get the venue to think again and like most other establishments allow for their disabled guests to bring their carers in for free. It really is a lovely venue and I have only marked it down to 3 stars (would be 4 otherwise) on these grounds.
  • Concentrates of course on a single artist, who lived and died here. His portrait "Flaming June" is the best known of his works, but you'll find plenty else to look at. Each room is somewhat themed as it was when Leighton lived here, with a Bohemian, ostentatious feel overall. Worth the low cost of admission (I believe it was 10 pounds per head if no special passes or memberships). When done, walk down to the Hansom Cab about 15 minutes away for refreshments.
  • I've adjusted the description of facilities to include 'live performances' as the museum sometimes has a guest artist who draws or paints from a model or still life in front of the public in one of the upstairs ' 'salons'. When you visit this Museum, unless you've already signed up as a Friend of Leighton House, you pay a small fee to get in that covers you for free entry on other occasions. You'll be handed a programme of events. Some of these include singing or classical instruments being played in the Arabic room on the ground level. A friend of mine sang beautiful Algerian folk songs here. The museum is really like an open house showing Frederick Leighton's home and studio as he would have experienced it. The tiny bed he slept in was a revelation as most twelve year old males today would find it far too uncomfortable and small. Human beings are so much larger these days. The gardens outside have a breathtaking large black statue of a stallion set amidst a large grassed area surrounded by tall trees. Many people bring a picnic with them to enjoy out here. As another guide has mentioned there are cafes nearby but if you have plenty of energy ld get out your Google map and set out towards Holland Park where you'll have more choice of snacks including the scrumptious ice cream kiosk.
  • A must see for any Leighton Lovers. A Hidden Gem in Holland Park. I just have to go there as much as I can. A Peacefull and Enriching environment. Just let it suck in.