Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ

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Address:12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ
Map:See Leighton House Museum on a map
Telephone:+44 (0) 20 7602 3316
Nearest Station:Kensington (Olympia)

About: The former home of Victorian-era artist Lord Frederic Leighton is no ordinary house. During the 30 years Leighton inhabited this building he did his upmost to fill it with beautiful things; the Arab Hall contains over a thousand Islamic tiles he brought back from his travels through Syria, ceilings are gilded and a stuffed peacock perches by a staircase. A golden statue of Narcissus poses amid further lavish details, making one wonder whether it would actually be possible for someone to live in such dream-like surroundings. Since the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea took over, great care has been paid to maintaining the house as it was during Leighton’s lifetime; the museum was recently refurbished costing a cool £1.6 million (which seems to be paying off, as it has been nominated for the Art Fund Prize 2011) and walking around the figures of Greek athletes fighting pythons you can see why. The house also hosts exhibitions, talks and drama courses from time to time, and you can see Leighton’s own paintings in his grand first floor artists’ studio.

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