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Leighton House Museum

Temporarily closed

Greater London

Free entry and 50% off exhibitions

Leighton House Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Leighton House in Kensington is the product of an aesthetic imagination run wild.

Unencumbered by either family or financial limits, Frederic, Lord Leighton created a space that was at once a home, a studio and an architectural expression of his artistic creed – his 'private palace of art'.

The house was developed gradually over the course of three decades by architect George Aitchison, and was still in progress when he died in 1895.

Now restored to full splendour, it is a museum to Leighton's life and work.

Permanent collection

The artistic hub of Leighton House is the two-storey Arab Hall. It was built as a showcase for Leighton's collection of more than 1,000 tiles collected in the Middle East, and is a symphonic riot of colour and pattern. The hall's columns are ornamented with carved birds, and even the domed ceiling is covered in decorative paintwork. In the centre a fountain plays gently.

The interior of the house has been restored to as close to its original state as possible. The result demonstrates Leighton's wide-ranging fondness for Aesthetic décor, Arts and Crafts furniture and Oriental objects. Visitors can admire Leighton's vast domed studio with its gallery, often home to the artist's musical parties, as well as the house's more informal entertaining spaces.

On the walls of the Silk Room hang fine examples of work by Leighton's fellow artists Millais, Burne-Jones, Watts and Sargent. Some 80 of Leighton's own paintings, as well as his small-scale sculptures and personal ephemera, are on display throughout the house.

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ

020 7602 3316


Opening times

Temporarily closed

- Pre-booked tickets are essential. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

- With the exception of Leighton’s private bedroom and garden, the rest of the historic spaces are fully accessible as part of a one-way route designed to allow visitors to navigate safely and comfortably throughout the rich interiors. Museum staff are on hand for assistance and guidance.

- Safety measures are in place to protect staff and visitors, including screens in the reception area, a hand sanitiser station at the entrance and strict cleaning routines throughout the day.

- All visitors are required to wear face coverings in the house (aside from those who are exempt) and are encouraged to maintain a safe distance with others.

- Unfortunately, there are no public toilets open at present at the Museum.

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