Leighton House Museum is an ideal place to visit if you are staying in London. It is the former home of the artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. He was born in 1830 and died in 1896.
Remarkably, this is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the country. It houses a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries. If you are interested in art, or even if you aren’t, this is a good place to spend a couple of hour when in London.
When you walk towards the house, you will feel impressed at the very start. It was built to Leighton’s exact requirements, and then was extended over the 30 years that he lived in it. He made it more lavish and exciting and you can see his influences as you walk through the place.
You’ll find an Arab Hall with a golden dome, mosaics and walls that are lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. You’ll also find a painting studio where the walls are hung with examples of work.
Sadly, Leighton lived alone in his palace, occupying the house’s only bedroom on the first floor. This is what draws many people to the place – the history and the story and the man behind the building.
If you would like to visit this great place, some information:
Leighton House Museum is closed from Monday 30 October to Tuesday 7 November 2017. The House will reopen on Wednesday 8 November with a permanent collection on display, highlighting key paintings.
Address: 12 Holland Park Road London W14 8LZ
Leighton House Museum is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm, except Tuesdays. Last entry at 5pm; the garden will close at 5pm.
Free Public Tours of the house occur every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm and the price of this is included in the entry ticket.
On 24 November, 12 January, 9 February, you can visit the museum after dark, while enjoying live music, a complementary drink and more!
Advance booking is not available – Tickets on the door only
Prices are Adults/ £9 Concessions*: Senior Citizen (over 60s), 12-17yrs, full time student, disabled, unwaged, carer, Blue Badge Guide £7
Photography is limited throughout the museum
Many events take place in this museum. This includes:
LIVE MUSIC – Friday 24 November with BAHLA/Friday 12 January/Friday 9 February with Phelan Burgoyne Trio – Open till 9pm; last entry 8:30pm – £10 a ticket.
TALK WITH BETTANY HUGHES: ISTANBUL, A TALE OF THREE CITIES – Tuesday 28 November / 7– 8:30pm; doors open at 6:30pm for a drinks reception – £15 a ticket. Here you can join award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, Bettany Hughes. She will be visiting the museum to talk about her latest book, Istanbul, a Tale of Three Cities. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.
AN OPERATIC SOIRÉE: A CELEBRATION OF LEIGHTON’S BIRTHDAY – Hosted by mezzo soprano Matilde Wallevik and friends, this evening will feature readings and melodies. This takes place on Tuesday 5 December/7– 8:30pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Standard Tickets are £35 and this includes access to the house, concert and interval drinks. You can also get VIP access for £50, where you will receive an exclusive package that includes front row seats, champagne reception after the performance and some special treats to be revealed on the night.
FREE PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS – Every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm, this is FREE with your admission ticket. You can enjoy a ninety-minute tour of the House with expert knowledge. Please note that larger groups are not permitted to join these tours. If your party size exceeds six people, you will need to book a Private Tour, which you can do by contacting the museum directly.
ASTRONOMY FAMILY TAKE-OVER – Saturday 18 November at 2 – 7pm, free for all attending and perfect for children to enjoy, too. This whole day includes activities themed around astronomy. You will learn about Middle Eastern astronomers, enjoy workshops and a special film screening. To attend, make sure you register.
If you fancy a trip to this museum, it is wise to book in accommodation so you can make the most of your visit. You can even book in luxury hotel suites London has many hotels offering large suites to make your stay more comfortable.
If you are here on business, or combing your trip with a business visit, you can use a hotel to book meeting rooms. London has a lot of variety and you can find a hotel that suits your needs and budget.
The Marble Arch London hotel is one example of a hotel near to the museum which can house everything you need. The Marble Arch London hotel is situated in the heart of London’s finest shopping district and offers spacious accommodation and 5-star luxury amenities to guests.
The Marble Arch is situated a 5-minute walk from Hyde Park and the Marble Arch Tube Station. The Marylebone Rail Station is just a 10-minute walk away. The modern rooms at Marble Arch London include a private ensuite bathroom with rain shower and luxury toiletries for you to enjoy. Rooms also include free WiFi, a minibar and complimentary fruit. Full English and continental breakfasts are available daily and the sister hotel across the street also offers a restaurant with an international menu, a cocktail bar and various luxurious spa treatments if you would like to indulge in an afternoon of pampering!