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Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery

#124 of 1,557 things to do in London
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Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
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Address: 12 Holland Park Road | Kensington, London W14 8LZ, England
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+44 20 7602 3316
10:00 - 17:30
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Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic,...

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. 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, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.

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Lovely place and very unusual

This is a great place for a quiet afternoon or morning visit. It's tucked away by Holland Park and is a good place to combine with a visit to the park and to the Design Museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place for a quiet afternoon or morning visit. It's tucked away by Holland Park and is a good place to combine with a visit to the park and to the Design Museum which is at the south end of the park. You can also have tea at the park or the Design Museum or the Primrose... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A most unassuming exterior but WOW what a surprise in store when you tour this amazing home of FREDERICK Leighton. At the moment there is a gallery displaying his work - Flaming June has to be seen with your own eyes to appreciate its colours and his skill as an artist

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We rolled this visit into shopping for books at Daunts, and walking in the park as it is a.way out for a small museum. House was small but great and tour guide great....and Flaming June as always beautiful...staff were a little unenthused but we enjoyed.it....but again not cheap and a.long way out

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is amazing but the stultifying guide makes you want to flee, which we did , we soon understood she was going through a litany of facts related directly or very indirectly to the house. But we came back for the upstairs rooms stacked with unremarkable paintings. What is worthy is the ground floor rooms tiled and gold painted.... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small, but packed Museum is well worth a visit. Packed with paintings and sketches by Frederick Leighton (a pre raphalite artist)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An good experience in how a leading Victorian artist lived in London in the late 1800. Interesting interior and paintings in the art gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the great museums in London. It's not very big, so you will see it in around an hour, but you will remember it for a long time. Leighton's style of painting of semi erotic classical subjects doesn't appeal to everyone, but don't let that put you off. The house itself is a marvel and your first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a very disappointing visit to Kensington Palace nearby, our day was made by this gem. The house is utterly bizarre with a wide range of decoration in middle eastern, classical and other styles. There is a large collection of work by this leading late Victorian painter, but the house is really the star, especially the amazing arab hall, decorated... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum had brought together Frederic Leighton's 5 best known works. Most of them are in private hands and the main picture 'Flaming June ' is usually in Puerto Rico, so bringing them together to where they were created is an amazing feat in itself. The painting is wonderful. If you have never been it is certainly worth going before... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The arab hall is worth the visit by itself, and there are wonderful arabic tiles on several walls. The studio with all the scetches are facinating. They have six of Leightons most famous paintings on show. They're really wonderful.

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