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“How families lived in the ea”

Dennis Severs' House
Ranked #223 of 1,689 things to do in London
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Owner description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Do you like to know how a family lived in past times - when the three story brick walk-up townhouses were first built in London in the 1700's - not much different from today. In their sitting rooms and kitchens and bedrooms, crowded and surrounded in amongst their clothes, food, correspondence and decorations. Different from today only in technological advances like lighting and heating. What a fascinating glimpse in splendid detail.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

I liked the house, but it was also very out of context. I would have liked a quick introduction just to place what I was seeing in relation to other things. For example, in one room I thought I heard gunfire, but had no idea what it was supposed to represent. We went on a Sunday afternoon, perhaps there is more structure in the evening (booked) tours.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

A friend told us about this place and said it was a must-do in London. Still, I was skeptical. Was I wrong! This house takes visitors on a magical journey back to prior times. Unlike a museum, where items are isolated in a display case, here they are exactly as they would have been in everyday life. The premise--that the family living in the house "just left" is brilliant and allows visitors to see life in London as it used to be. The more carefully you look at things, the more you will be rewarded. We went on the monthly special silent evening, which allowed us to tour the house in complete silence, but then spend time afterwards discussing the house and its "creator" with the curators who take care of it. A bit off the path down a sidestreet in the Spitalfields area, it was well worth the time and effort.

2  Thank JBN1958
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Lived not a mile from here for years and finally got around to visiting. What took me so long? If you're interested in London's history and how real people lived then you'll love it. The website tells you all you need to know, but it does get busy. We went on a wet Sunday afternoon (£10 and no booking needed), and they were asking people to wait until others left. You probably want to allow a good hour or more to explore the five floors of the house. Given it's age and original condition, and the fact that it's only lit by candels, some of the stairs are a bit tricky to navigate. It's certainly not accessible for people with mobility problems or wheelchair users.

2  Thank TWP64
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

If you have ever thought what it would have been like to live by candlelight and warmed only by open fires then this is the place to visit, for the duration of your visit to number 18 you sample the atmospheric rooms more or less as they would have been in the early 18th century. No other museum of social history can compare.

1  Thank Michael C
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