Have now been to Leighton House twice. For the first time with my wife just to see it and the second time with my parents as I wanted them to see it too. Some of the interiors are absolutely stunning and not what you would expect having just stepped off the upmarket suburban pavements of Kensington. The house is laid out as it would have been when Frederick Lord Leighton (whose work you can see in the Tate Britain and numerous other prominent British galleries) lived there and is more a museum of the artist and his times than an art gallery. There are numerous paintings on display, though, and the furnishings and fittings rival the paintings for artistic creativity and beauty. The Arabic Hall is probably the highlight of the trip, decked out with tiles, furniture and fittings from Syria and Egypt and even an amazing gold-leaf dome.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of 19th century art, interested in architecture and interior design or who is an artist themself (I definitely don't fit into the latter group!). It is an easy ten minute walk from High Street Kensington tube and can be combined with a trip to Hyde Park or any of the other Kensington attractions as it only requires an hour for the tour.
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