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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
John Keats's copy of Milton's Paradise Lost

Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost

  • 6 December 2017 — 14 October 2018 *on now

John Keats considered John Milton to be one of the greatest writers of all time. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of Paradise Lost, Keats’s personal copy of Milton’s epic poem is the centrepiece of a new exhibition. Find out what this heavily-annotated volume can tell us about Keats’s views on creativity and composition, and discover how one visionary poet read and built upon the work of another.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry included with Keats House admission (Adults £6.50, Seniors £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children 17 yrs and under Free)

Website

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/Pages/Exhibitions.aspx

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.

Family Day: Snowy Scene

  • 21 January 2018 2-4pm

Even if we don’t have snow this Winter we can have fun imagining it. Use feathers, fabric and felt to make a collage of Keats House in the snow, including the birds and cats in the garden.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop in

Residency Launch with Hannah Lowe and Michael Rosen

  • 25 January 2018 7-8:30pm

Join us on Burns Night to welcome Hannah Lowe as she takes over from Michael Rosen as Keats House Poet in Residence. Celebrating the spirit of Burns, Michael will reflect on his residency and Hannah will read from her award-winning collections, 'Chick' (2013) and 'Chan' (2016), which explore themes of family, multiculturalism, heritage and London.

Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, 'Chick' (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has also published three chapbooks: 'The Hitcher' (Rialto 2012); 'R x' (sine wave peak 2013); and 'Ormonde' (Hercules Editions 2014). Her family memoir, 'Long Time, No See' was published by Periscope in July 2015 and featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Her second collection, 'Chan', is published by Bloodaxe (2016).

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children’s book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry.

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/residency-launch-with-hannah-lowe-and-michael-rosen-tickets-39325522697

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 27 January 2018 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.

Admission

£12, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-the-city-guided-walk-tickets-39325788492

Keats House Poets Workshop: Poetry as Protest

  • 28 January 2018 2-4pm

Work with Keats House Poet Deanna Rodger to explore and create poetry as protest. Is it a viable form of protest? When and where has it been used, and to what extent? Is having a voice and space, to share perspectives, a form of resistance? Is there a fundamental human right?

Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT).

Supported by the Keats Foundation.

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-poets-workshop-poetry-as-protest-tickets-39325829615

Keats House architectural tour

  • 3 February 2018 11:30am-12:15pm

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

Admission

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/architectural-tour-of-keats-house-tickets-39326342148

Afternoon Poems: Love

  • 11 February 2018 2-3pm

In the run up to Valentine’s Day we invite you to experience the poetry of love, performed by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. The reading will include poems by Keats, Byron and others.

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-love-tickets-39326442448

Valentine's Guided Tour: 'Love is my religion'

  • 11 February 2018 11:30am-12pm, 1-1:30pm, 3:30-4pm

Join our knowledgeable guides to hear one of literature’s greatest love stories, the tale of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Clever and stylish, the young couple met and fell passionately in love in this very house, an event that changed their lives forever.

Please note the tour includes steep steps.

Admission

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-guided-tour-love-is-my-religion-tickets-39327483562

The Poetry of Desire with Liz Berry, Richard Scott and Hannah Lowe

  • 14 February 2018 7-8:30pm

‘I see life in nothing but the certainty of your love’ wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne, the woman he was in love with but unable to marry. Join us by candlelight this Valentine’s Night to hear poems expressing love and desire in their many forms.

Liz Berry's debut collection, 'Black Country' (Chatto & Windus, 2014), described as 'a sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands' (Guardian), was a PBS Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet 'Wound' published by Rialto, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016. His poem ‘Crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. His debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in April 2018.

Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, 'Chick' (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has also published three chapbooks: 'The Hitcher' (Rialto 2012); 'R x' (sine wave peak 2013); and 'Ormonde' (Hercules Editions 2014). Her family memoir, 'Long Time, No See' was published by Periscope in July 2015 and featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Her second collection 'Chan' is published by Bloodaxe (2016).

Admission

Free, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-poetry-of-desire-with-liz-berry-richard-scott-and-hannah-lowe-tickets-39327794492

Late Night Keats: Ah! Dearest Love

  • 16 February 2018 7-9pm

Celebrate Valentine’s at a special late-night opening of the most romantic house in London. Enjoy poetry and craft activities inspired by Keats’s poems and love-letters to his sweetheart Fanny Brawne, and relax with a drink at our pop-up bar. For lovers of life and literature.

Admission

£15 (includes a complimentary cocktail), booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/late-night-keats-ah-dearest-love-tickets-39328169614

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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