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“Recently renovated and looking good”
Review of Kenwood House

Kenwood House
Ranked #92 of 1,629 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Set on the edge of Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The House, its breathtaking interiors and stunning art collection are free for everyone to enjoy. Discover the vast array of masterpieces hanging in this grand setting, including Rembrandt's self portrait, and be awed by the breathtaking beauty of architect Robert Adam's library.
Hertfordshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Recently renovated and looking good”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Went yesterday to this glorious house which has recently been restored. A few sections were off limits as there was a wedding there at 2.30 pm but it is free to roam around and there is a guide if you want to join the others. We chose to look on our own. The Library was the highlight as it has been renovated to its former glory and was breathtaking. There are books to read informing the traveller/visitor of the history of each room which was particularly interesting. Only the downstairs was on view and the vista from the windows was breathtaking. From the lake, the lush grounds and the fabulous shrubs, trees, flowers and fauna, the whole place is mesmerising. We went afterwards to The Brewhouse Cafe which is in the grounds and the kitchen that prepares the food is actually the kitchen of Kenwood House although no one could see it and it is obviously modernised for today's usage. Breakfast was being served as it was early but finishes at 11.30 am. We opted for scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and coffee and also had a brioche filled with rhubarb and custard. There is ample seating inside and out and we opted to sit outside as it was sunny and delightful even though rain had been forecast. The waiting staff were very helpful and carried my tray as there are a few steps up. Some of the tables are in the open and some under umbrellas. There were pigeons and crows hovering about for leftovers and as soon as people vacated their tables they swooped down for a feast squabbling over everything but then the waiting staff appeared and cleared it all away. There are so ,any shrubs, very old trees and flowers to admire, even troughs of homegrown rhubarb, which one could buy from the shop plus other vegetables I.e. carrots and beetroots. The grounds are amazing. There are plenty of benches to sit on and admire the views. There are plenty toilets nearby and disabled facilities. Lots of people come with their dogs too. There is parking as you come in and a few disabled spaces. When we came in the carpark was empty but when we left it was full, but there are turnings outside where I suppose one could park or in the main road.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A must see for all”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Now that the refurbishment has taken place - a must see!
Great views of London, miles of beautiful walks, plenty of space for picnics and for children to play, cafes etc and wonderful in the spring sunshine.
Where else can you go for a day out, where you get to see paintings by the great masters such as Rembrandt, Constable, Gainsborough for free? The house is a treat and the guides very helpful.
I can't wait for the summer concerts!
However, the cafe had run out of white wine by lunchtime (!) and in my view is missing out by not serving local beers (when there is an emphasis on seasonal food).

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great House and Parkland let down by badly run cafe”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Kenwood House has recently been restored to it's former glory and is filled with some priceless paintings one being a Rembrant self portrait and a rather valuable but small Constable. The House and grounds plus some of the paintings were left to the nation by it's former owner and it was a condition of this legacy that the public be allowed free entrance the the house as well as the park so it's great for a cheap day out.

If you visit by car the car park is very small so you will struggle at busy periods to find a space, there is free parking on the main road but again at busy periods you may not be able to park.

The cafe is badly laid out and you need to look for the passage between the double door exit and the toilets as during busy periods the queue will be up the passage which is too narrow for two queues one for hot food to the left with soup and sandwiches to the right. The tables in the garden were left with dirty dishes etc for long periods and customers had to clear a space before they could eat the food that they had purchased, if we go again we will talk our own food and a drink. We cleared a space and had nearly finished our food and invited another family to use the empty chairs the remnants of the previous customers were still there when we left them to finish thier food. This is why I have given 4 stars.

That said Kenwood is well worth a visit the parkland and lakes are beautifully laid out and well kept. For those of you that have seen the film Notting Hill you will recognise the rear of the house and banked lawn which was used in one of the scenes. The collections of other items are unusual a large number of fancy shoe buckles and jewelry are also on show.

You may be lucky and visit when an actor dresses up with a tiny pigtail and false moustache and plays the part of the previous owner and puts a humorous slant on the information that he gives you.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A surpise in North London”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

It is well worthwhile to make a trip to Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath - a beautiful house with wonderful paintings and some pieces of furniture all set in the stunning Kenwood House. The surrounding grounds are gorgeous with views across London. There is a lake and acres of grounds to explore plus for those that like a walk Primrose Hill with even more wonderful views . It is a wonderful green open space in the middle of London or for those that may like to shop just a short bus ride away there is Hampstead village with its lovely little shops and pretty streets to explore

Visited April 2014
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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“Lovely visit to Kenwood House in April sunshine.”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Brilliant, beautiful country house with art gallery inside, we very much enjoyed walking round looking at the house and paintings, nice big play room if you have children and it's got plenty of space outside in the gardens and on the heath for a picnic afterwards. We visited the cafe and the cakes and coffee were delicious. It was Rhubarb festival week when we visited and the rhubarb fool was amazing!!! Free entry - suitable for every age, very friendly staff, I loved it here and will be back again. We got a taxi to drop us off as I was unable to walk too far but did have difficulty getting back to central london so I would get a taxi both ways if I did it again as the northern line wasn't running when we visited.

Visited April 2014
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