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“A Hidden Gem”

Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #142 of 1,599 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Tucked away behind Kensington High Street is this amazing house created by Sir Frederic Leighton. What a remarkable man he must have been to have had the imagination to have put everything together. As you go in the deep rich blue of the tiles in the Arab Hall is quite breathtaking. A fascinating item in the drawing room is the fact that the fireplace is directly under the window with seemingly no chimney breast, but the flue to take the smoke out is located behind the wall to the left, this was done so as not to spoil the view of the garden! How many builders today would be capable to doing that?! Also amongst the art work there is a lovely painting by Millais and another portrait by Tintoretto. Really worth visiting but note it is closed on Tuesdays.

Visited July 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and enthusiasm; we are glad you enjoyed the visit to Leighton House and took the time to write a review.

Please recommend us to your friends and family and if you are in London this winter we would be delighted to see you again at 'A Victorian Obsession exhibition' (14 November - 29 March), which presents fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists including Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edwards Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais and Frederic Lord Leighton himself.

Best wishes,
Leighton House Museum
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“Great for lovers of 19th century art or architecture and interior design buffs.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

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.

Visited June 2014
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“Great Arabic Hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

When I first walked in, I was a little confused on the coloration between the Victorian paintings, greek looking sculpture, the Persian figurines and God's word in Arabic. But it made sense because the museum is basically the house of the victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. The house was built in the 19th century and he turned it into an art palace with the arabic hall with its golden geometric dome.

Upstairs is the studio, where Lord Leighton did his art. When he died, most of the contents of the house were sold. The National Trust tried to fill the house with artists work instead of going after the previous collections. They also had a temporary exhibit for Rudi Patterson, a Jamaican painter. His work was vibrant and whimsical.

Overall, I thought the museum was really nice. The Arabic hall was spectacular and so cozy. I just wanted to stay there. They just need to add more LIGHTS. It was really dark to even see some of the pieces. The information folders also need some improvement. It was a quick inspiring visit.

Visited June 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and for your kind words; we are glad you enjoyed the visit!

We have noticed you were disappointed about the lighting of the house; the lighting is set at the kind of level it would have been in Leighton’s time to give the visitor an authentic experience. With regards to the interpretation sheets for each room I can confirm that we are looking into an improved version and they will be available soon.

Thank you very much once again and we hope you can visit us again - do not miss A Victoria Obsession exhibition coming in November!
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“Utterly amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The former home of Frederic Leighton a British artists of the Victorian era this house is fascinating. The decoration is stunning with the Staircase Hall, Narcissus Hall and Arab Hall having amazing tiles. The Arab Hall has a splendid domed gilded ceiling and amazing woodwork.

The remainder of the rooms are more conventional and give an insight into Victorian life. Leighton's bedroom is almost Spartan in its simplicity.

Throughout the house there are pictures by Leighton and pictures that he collected.

There are regular exhibitions of work by other artists in two galleries off the studio.

The gardens are simple and peaceful giving an opportunity to sit and relax after visiting the house.

Visited May 2014
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“Amazing House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Off High Street Kensington and owned by the National Trust.
This is an amazing house once owned by the English painter and sculptor Lord Leighton. Reopened in 2010 after a major refurbishement it shows off Leighton's lavish home which is an exotic work of art in its own right.

Visited May 2014
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Ana G, Public Relations Manager at Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you very much for visiting Leighton House and taking the time to write a review.

The Museum is owned and operated by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since the end of 1920's; The National Trust is a Museum's partner and National Trust members receive a 50% discount on admission to Leighton House Museum on presentation of their valid membership card.

We hope you can visit us again soon - do not miss our Victorian Obsession exhibition this autumn!
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