Southside House, on Wimbledon Common, provides an enchantingly eccentric backdrop to the lives and loves of generations of the Pennington Mellor Munthe families. Maintained in traditional style without intrusive refurbishment and crowded with family possessions of centuries, Southside offers a wealth of fascinating family stories. Southside has associations with Queen Natalie of Serbia and her son Alexander, and the family also have mementos from the Duke of Wharton, Lady Hamilton and others.
Historic house or home
Southside House opens for guided tours only from Easter Saturday until 2nd of October on Wed, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays at 200pm & 3.30pm. Groups are welcome at other times by appointment.
Student Concessions: £7.50
Family ticket: £20.00
Special events throughout the year include lectures, concerts, workshops and candle-lit tours.
We regret that Southside is unsuitable for wheelchairs, due to steps and narrow access.
Behind the long facade are the old rooms, still with much of the furniture that Pennington brought here. The house also has connections with Anne Boleyn, Frederick Prince of Wales, Marie Antoinette, Admiral Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton and Lord Byron. In 1910 John Pennington’s great granddaughter Hilda married Axel Munthe, the famous Swedish doctor and philanthropist who, when old and nearly blind, sat in the garden and laboriously penned his memoir 'The Story of San Michele', which briefly outsold the bible and remains among the best sellers of the 20th century.
Architecture, Design, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Anne Boleyn, Frederick Prince of Wales, Marie Antoinette, Admiral Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton, Lord Byron and Axel Munthe.
A Taste of the Himalayas - in aid of Himalayan Homes
- 29 October 2016 5-9pm
Fund-raising talk and tea tasting in aid of the Himalayan Homes Trust - a small charity working to provide safe homes for earthquake victims in Nepal. It's an important but often overlooked cause and the evening is definitely one for aficionados of fine teas! There'll also be an opportunity to dedicate a prayer flag that will be taken out and flown at Nepal's most sacred site.
Tea specialist and master blender Kyle Whittington studied the art of Cha-no-yu (The Japanese Tea Ceremony) whilst living in Japan and is licenced in the first of the eight levels of the Ura Senke School of Tea.
He will be giving an illustrated talk about his work and will introduce the tasting of two unique Nepalese teas not previously available in England and exclusive to Homes for the Himalayas - a small charity working to rebuild villages devastated by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. There will be an opportunity to purchase these teas at Southside House.
As always, you'll be able to enjoy a warm welcome to Southside House too.
- Not suitable for children
£16.00 per person, all profits to The Himalayan Home Trust
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