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Southside House, on Wimbledon Common, was rebuilt by Robert Pennington in the William & Mary style, after the Great Plague of London in 1665. One of the oldest houses in Greater London, it is still used as a private residence by descendants of the Pennington family, and the house remains largely unchanged.
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 2, 3, & 4 pm. Groups are welcome at other times by appointment.
Family ticket: £10.00
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.