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“So extremely peaceful, beautiful and lovely”
Review of Kenwood House

Kenwood House
Ranked #97 of 1,736 things to do in London
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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.
Reviewed 17 July 2014

I was taken to Kenwood by private car to enjoy an outdoor lunch on a glorious day. We walked some of the park and just enjoyed all the activities around us. Until now, I did not know there is a museum there.

We enjoyed a wonderful, fresh, beautifully presented cafeteria style lunch from Company of Cooks.
I will return with my paintbrushes and join one of the classes - and I will visit the museum next time. And I would like to throw a party or wedding here too!

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

I cannot recommend this museum enough!

The architecture and interior design of the house on it's own - is enough to warrant a visit. The paintings are incredible, set in a most atmospheric, spacious and authentic environment. Decadent food available from the cafe. Large green spaces and trees around the house for a picnic or just some peace and quiet to enjoy the magnificent exterior of Kenwood house from a distance. Will definitely be visiting again.

Reception staff and staff available in each room of the house - all very warm, friendly and helpful!

Undoubtedly one of the best free attractions in London!

Thank Jellybeanzz
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Situated near a pond/lake at Hampstead Heath, this lovely free gallery was a nice surprise. Lots of beautiful art and the setting outside was gorgeous. There is a cafe to have a little latte or tea as well. Fun fact - if the exterior of Kenwood House looks familiar it's because it was a film location for "Notting Hill" - the period movie shoot.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Kenwood House was closed for a year for renovations, and how nice now that it has re opened! It really is a visual feast, set in a "Romantic" landscape, a beautiful villa with views across to the lake. In each room there is a brief explanation of the history and the paintings. One room, for instance, is the Breakfast room, another is the Library. Don't miss the Library! It was designed by Robert Adam, and is a wonderful experience.
The paintings, though, are what surprises here. In the Dining Room a Vermeer, a Frans Hals, Van Dycks and Rembrandt? Yes, absolutely! A huge quantity of Reynolds, Gainsborough and tiny Constable.
The Mansfields were childless, and adopted two nieces: Dido has become the subject of a new film. The history is really absorbing. The rooms are quite superb, especially the Library. Please go to Kenwood House

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Very easy access, no entrance fees, plenty of parking space outside or a paid parking near Kenwood House. Beautifully furnished building with unforgettable paintings of Rembrandt and Van Dyke and many more. The garden is huge with lovely view towards the lake or the house. Do stop at the cafe and have some awesome home cooked food and don't miss the amazing desserts. Child friendly place as there is a lot to do - picnics, kids craft zone inside the building or just to run around and fly a kite. Will visit again as there are not many places in London who are entrance free.

Thank Liliya G
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