Keats House

Keats House
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Keats House is where the poet John Keats (1795-1821) lived from 1818 to 1820. Here he wrote some of his best known poetry, including "Ode to a Nightingale". The house is a Grade 1 listed building set in a peaceful garden in Hampstead. It has been open to the public since 1925.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Please see our website for more information and details for group visits. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.50
Seniors (over 65): £5.50
Concessions (students and jobseekers with proof): £4.50
Children 17 and under: Free
Keats House Supporters: Free
Keats Foundation: Free
Art Fund: Free
London Pass: Single entry with London Pass card

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By Tube (Northern Line, Edgware branch):
Hampstead tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (mostly downhill)
Belsize Park tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (up and downhill)

By London Overground:
Hampstead Heath train station – approximately 100m

By Bus:
Buses 24, 46, 168 and C11 all go to South End Green, next to Hampstead Heath Station; Bus 268 goes to the Rosslyn Hill junction with Downshire Hill

Additional info

Study facilities are available at London Metropolitan Archives.

The Keats House Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement. The Keats House Collection, including the Keats Memorial Library, is currently available for consultation by appointment only. Please contact us for further information.

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • John Keats
  • Joseph Severn
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Templar Poetry Live: Elsa Fischer and Ian Harker

  • 26 September 2017 7-8:30pm

When Orpheus is pulled out of the canal and the Berlin Wall is transformed into an urban beach, it’s clear there is more to survival than simply staying alive. Rules of Survival is Ian Harker’s first full collection. In Elsa Fischer’s debut pamphlet, Palmistry in Karachi, we are drawn into a surreal life and an odyssey across continents, time and experience.

Booking recommended

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

  • 29 September 2017 7-8:30pm

The former Keats House resident poet performs from his new paperback edition, Peace, Love and Potatoes, published on this day. John and his accomplices will be singing and speaking verses which centre upon his family life and heroes; two of the pieces are about John Keats.

Booking recommended

Admission

£6

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 30 September 2017 11am-1:30pm

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats, the radical medical student, and discover the London haunts of this ‘Cockney Poet’. From Keats’s birthplace we explore where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’ Hall and Guy’s Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats’s poems and letters along the way.

Meet outside Moorgate tube station.
Booking essential

Admission

£12

The Poetry of Keats: A Literary Workshop

  • 30 September 2017 11am-4pm

Read and discuss some of Keats’s poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore Keats’s odes and ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ with City Lit tutor Jenny Baynes.

To book contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7831 7831

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£39

Jazz and Poetry

  • 4 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Join singer Catherine Lima and the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for an autumnal evening of music and poetry. Relax with a glass of wine from our pop-up bar and enjoy jazz standards alongside readings of some of our favourite poems.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6

Afternoon Poems: From Russia in Verse

  • 8 October 2017 2-3pm

In the centenary month of the Russian Revolution, join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a celebration of Russian poetry in translation. Some of Russia’s poets have suffered imprisonment or death for opposing oppression while others have been celebrated and revered, but in both groups we find poets at the forefront of world poetry.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Rommi Smith

  • 12 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Former Keats House poet in residence, Rommi Smith, performs from her forthcoming sequence of poems in celebration of Jazz and Blues, developed whilst a visiting scholar at City University New York. ‘There is a place where the musical, the political, the spiritual and the beautiful come together and it is here’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6

Family Day: Big Draw

  • 15 October 2017 1-4pm

The Big Draw Festival runs throughout October and celebrates the power of drawing. We’ll be joining in the fun with a workshop led by artist Zoe Bates exploring this year’s theme ‘Living Lines’.

Drop-in

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Jeremy Reed and The Ginger Light

  • 17 October 2017 7-8pm

Visionary writer Jeremy Reed returns with sound artist Itchy Ear for a performance which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, music, sound design and song. Jeremy describes his work as encompassing ‘glamour, pop, rock, sci-fi, cyber, mutant, gay, drugs, the disaffected and outlawed, and the fizzy big city chemistry of London’. In partnership with Keats Community Library.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£6

Templar Poetry Live: Paul Maddern and Lauren Pope

  • 24 October 2017 7-8:30pm

From the letters of artist Paul Nash to reminiscences of life on Castro Street, San Francisco, the historical and contemporary loss of family and friends is at the heart of Paul Maddern’s pamphlet, Pilgrimage. Lauren Pope's debut pamphlet, Announce This, explores identity, travel and relocation; the processes of learning as explored through memory; and the female voice retrieved from the silence of history.

Booking recommended

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Late Night Keats: Regency Gothic

  • 27 October 2017 6:30-8:30pm

Death, romance and the supernatural are key aspects of Gothic fiction and were popular themes for Keats and the Romantic poets. Join us for a special late-night opening to find out more, with activities and poetry to make your Hallowe’en truly Gothic. Adults only – part of Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15, with a complimentary Gothic cocktail

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats' Death Mask

Late Night Keats: Regency Gothic

  • 27 October 2017 6:30-8:30pm

Death, romance and the supernatural are key aspects of Gothic fiction and were popular themes for Keats and the Romantic poets. Join us for a special late-night opening to find out more, with activities and poetry to make your Hallowe'en truly Gothic. Adults only - part of Museums at Night. Includes a complimentary Gothic cocktail.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/late-night-keats-regency-gothic-tickets-35632213911

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 28 October 2017 11am-1:30pm

Follow the story of Keats’s life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.
(Meet outside Hampstead tube station).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£12, booking essential

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Afternoon Poems: ‘It’s Alive!’ – Byron, the Shelleys and Frankenstein

  • 12 November 2017 2-3pm

In 1816 a ghost story challenge between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and his wife Mary gave birth to Frankenstein and the modern vampire novel. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a selection of poetry and prose exploring the darker side of Romanticism and its fascination with the Gothic and the macabre.

Admission

Free, booking recommended.

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Family Day: Autumn Garden Art

  • 19 November 2017 1-4pm

Create leaf rubbing to celebrate the beautiful natural shapes and shades found in the Keats House garden this autumn. Help gather foliage, ferns and beautiful beech leaves – then use them to create autumn art to brighten up those grey November days.

Suitable for ages 4 - 8.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Jo Shapcott

  • 21 November 2017 7-8:30pm

Former Keats House poet in residence Jo Shapcott performs her Dr Keats poems – inspired by Keats’s time as a medical student at Guy’s Hospital – alongside works from her award-winning collections. Shapcott’s poetry draws on popular culture and the sciences, exploring the balances of sexual, political, human and animal power.

Admission

£6, booking recommended.

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

  • 25 November 2017 11am-1:30pm

Experience the stirring life and poetry of a great radical Romantic poet. We’ll visit fascinating landmarks in the lives of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, from their first meeting to their notorious elopement and exile in Europe, where they created such ground-breaking masterpieces as Frankenstein and The Mask of Anarchy.

(Meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue).

Admission

£12, booking essential

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House

  • 25 November 2017 11:30am-12:15pm

Explore the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear stories of its residents, John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown, and discover how it was transformed into the building we know today.

Admission

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Templar Poetry Live: Jean Bleakney & Jane Weir

  • 28 November 2017 7-8:30pm

In Man about the Place Jane Weir strikes at the heart of relationships between men and women, spurred on by ambiguities and fissures revealed by D.H. Lawrence in his story The Fox. Jean Bleakney’s collection, No Remedy, with its playful linguistic delights in the natural world, is tempered by unflinching reflections on loss and identity set against her Northern Irish childhood. Join us to celebrate the launch of these two collections from Templar Poetry.

Admission

Free, booking recommended.

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 30 November 2017 6:30-9:30pm

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room.

First Tour: 18:30 - 20.00
Second Tour: 20:00 - 21:30

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15, booking essential (includes a glass of wine and a mince pie)

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 7 December 2017 6:30-9:30pm

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room.

First Tour: 18:30 - 20:00
Second Tour: 20:00 - 21:30

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15, booking essential (includes a glass of wine and a mince pie)

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Afternoon Poems: Joyful and Triumphant

  • 10 December 2017 2-3pm

Get in the mood for Christmas with our annual festive selection of poetry and prose read by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.

Admission

Free, booking recommended.

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats and Festivity

  • 12 December 2017 7-8:30pm

An evening exploring festive celebrations during the Romantic period – as enjoyed by Keats, Leigh Hunt and their friends. Join Professor Gregory Dart and actor Jon Rand for a relaxed and entertaining evening of poetry readings, riddles, quizzes and festive refreshments. In partnership with University College London.

Admission

Free, booking recommended.

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Family Day: Christmas Printmaking

  • 17 December 2017 1-4pm

Join artist Orly Orbach for a hands-on printmaking workshop. Create your own Christmas cards and wrapping paper for the festive season. We’ll use lino cuts and plasticine to personalise your Christmas stationery, adding a special handmade touch to your gifts this year.

Suitable for ages 4 - 8

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free, drop in

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 19 December 2017 6:30-9:30pm

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room.

First Tour: 18:30 - 20:00
Second Tour: 20:00 - 21:30

Admission

£15, booking essential (includes a glass of wine and a mince pie)

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 30 December 2017 11am-1:30pm

Follow the story of Keats’s life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

(Meet outside Hampstead tube station)

Admission

£12, booking essential

Website

http://keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Big Draw

Art activities using images and documents as inspiration. The visual work would be a way in to the story of slavery and abolition and would involve group work as well as individual activities

How to obtain

Available throughout October 2007. Contact Keats House for furhter details

Expressions of Identity – creative writing events

Exploring personal and community identity through the stories of people from the past and the present.

How to obtain

Available throughout October 2007 and on request

My Local Area - The Peopling of London

Linked to our local history walks identifying buildings and places with links to slavery and anti-slavery, this session explores the impact of the slave trade on local areas

How to obtain

Available June 2007 and on request. Contact Keats House for more information.

Romanticism, Politics and Protest

Understanding Romanticism as a means of political protest through the works of writers and thinkers of the day. Keats and Leigh Hunt provide a starting point and includes Equiano, Sterne, William Cuffay and William Davidson

How to obtain

Available throughout June 2007 and on request. Contact Keats House for further details.

The Road to Abolition – Gifted and Talented Summer College

An exploration of the anti slavery campaigns and the tradition / legacy of protest and reform

How to obtain

Available throughout July 2007. Contact Keats House for further details

Getting there

By Tube (Northern Line, Edgware branch):
Hampstead tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (mostly downhill)
Belsize Park tube to Keats House – 750m or just under half a mile (up and downhill)

By London Overground:
Hampstead Heath train station – approximately 100m

By Bus:
Buses 24, 46, 168 and C11 all go to South End Green, next to Hampstead Heath Station; Bus 268 goes to the Rosslyn Hill junction with Downshire Hill

Keats House
Keats Grove
Hampstead
London
Greater London
NW3 2RR
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/keats

E-mail

keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7332 3868

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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