Keats House

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

Website

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/keats

E-mail

keatshouse@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7332 3868

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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

Summer (March-October): Tue-Sun 1-5pm. Winter (November-February): Fri-Sun 1-5pm. Please see our website for more information and details for group visits. Last admission: 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.50 (valid for one year)
Concessions: £3.50 (valid for one year)
Children 17 and under: Free
Keats Foundation: Free
Art Fund: Free
National Trust: See details on our website

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
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.
David Pollard

Two For Joy and Self-Portraits

  • 1 February 2015 3-4:30pm

A poetry reading by two Waterloo Press poets, Simon Jenner and David Pollard. Jenner's Two For Joy contains an epic mixture of his elegiac monologues, obituaries and more – biographical, literary and musical. Pollard's Self-Portraits is an imagined sequence of 88 poems based on artists' self-portraits. Pollard's reading will be illustrated.

Included in house admission, no booking required

Admission

Included in house admission, no booking required

Keats House, Hampstead

Poets Upstairs

  • 8 February 2015 2-3:30pm

Led by Pele Cox, the Poets Upstairs poetry writing and appreciation group bring their blend of wit, passion and erudition to Keats House with a special session devoted to "Bright Star" and "Ode on a Grecian Urn". Bring your favourite poem by, or inspired by, Keats and come prepared for a lively discussion and readings.

Included in house admission, no booking required

Admission

Included in House Admission - No Advance Bookings

Magical Creature

Family Day: Myths and Legends

  • 15 February 2015 1-4pm

Come to Keats House for tales of fairies, heroes and monsters you’ll never forget. Learn some legendary songs, draw a dragon and try your hand at inventing a myth of your own.

Free, Drop in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Admission

Free - No Advance Bookings Necessary

Next Generation Poets 2014 Logo

Next Generation Poets 2014

  • 19 February 2015 7-8:30pm

The Poetry Book Society presents Daljit Nagra, Jane Yeh, Pascale Petit, and Alex MacDonald from Next Generation Poets 2014, a major promotion of the 20 most exciting new poets who have published their first collection in the last decade, reading with a young newcomer.
www.nextgenerationpoets.com

£6; includes a complimentary drink, booking recommended

Admission

£6; includes a complimentary drink, booking recommended

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/next-generation-poets-2014-tickets-14502237583

Historical flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Lofving

A Nightingale in Salon

  • 22 February 2015 3-2pm

Historical flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Lofving perform a programme inspired by Keats’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. From the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera Orfeo ed Euridice to the sentimental songs of Franz Schubert, the ‘Flaugissimo Duo’ depict a wonderland where music has an intimate bond to words.

£5.50 (includes admission to Keats House), booking recommended

Admission

£5.50 (includes admission to Keats House), booking recommended

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-nightingale-in-salon-tickets-14777438717

photograph of keats house

Keats in Hampstead

  • 21 February 2015 11am-1:30pm
  • 21 March 2015 11am-1:30pm
  • 6 April 2015 11am-1:30pm

Starting at Hampstead tube we 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 Hampstead Heath.

We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers.
Please wear sturdy shoes.

£10/8 Concessions, Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00 / £8.00 concessions. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-walking-tour-tickets-14906466643

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.

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.

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.

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

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