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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 2, 3, & 4 pm. Groups are welcome at other times by appointment.
Student Concessions: £6.00
Family ticket: £15.00
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.
I SPY - The Secrets of Southside House
- 21 May 2015 7-9:30pm
Talk a guided walk around one of London's most unusual historic family homes in company with author and resident curator Richard Surman, uncovering some secrets and surprises about the house as you go, and finding out about the extraordinary restoration undertaken by Major Malcolm Munthe M.C after the Second World War. You will also have an opportunity to view some of the very fine art collections held at the house. And at the end, a glass of wine and chance to find out more!
£12.50, to include a free glass of wine