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.
Trammel

Charlotte Newman: Trammel

  • 5 October 2016 7-8:30pm

Join award-winning independent publisher Penned in the Margins for the launch of Trammel – a radical poetry debut by Charlotte Newman. Voracious in her critique of modernity, Newman ranges across the spectra of social and sexual politics. Urbane yet uncompromising, Trammel is the powerful debut collection from a voice that demands to be heard.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charlotte-newman-trammel-tickets-26943165734

Stevie Smith

Afternoon poems: On the Platform with Stevie Smith

  • 9 October 2016 2-3pm

'Life is like a railway station. The train of birth brings us in, the train of death will carry us away'. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a journey through Stevie Smith’s work. Dark, funny, and comprised of a childlike playfulness, come along to experience Smith’s unique voice.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-on-the-platform-with-stevie-smith-tickets-26944742450

Family Day Monsters

Family Day: Monsters

  • 16 October 2016 1-4pm

Come and have some monstrous fun at Keats House! We’ll be telling beastly tales of things that go bump in the night and making character finger puppets so you can help us act out the stories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-monsters-tickets-26944790594

Jeremy Reed

Jeremy Reed & The Ginger Light

  • 20 October 2016 7-8:30pm

J. G. Ballard wrote of Jeremy Reed, ‘Every time he goes out into our mundane world, he makes the dust sing’. A poet, novelist and biographer, he has published over 40 award-winning books. Come and be captivated by his spellbinding performance, with musical accompaniment from the Ginger Light. In partnership with Keats Community Library.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jeremy-reed-the-ginger-light-tickets-26944959098

Rachel Spence

Templar Poetry Live: Jean Bleakney and Rachel Spence

  • 25 October 2016 7pm-8:30am

Jean Bleakney launches Selected Poems, bringing together the best work from three outstanding collections by one of Northern Ireland’s most assured and innovative poets. Furies, the debut Portfolio pamphlet by Rachel Spence, embarks on an all-too-brief Mediterranean tour encountering mothers, strangers, artists, paintings and lovers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-jean-bleakney-and-rachel-spence-tickets-26945435523

Apothcary's apprentice

Become an Apothecary’s Apprentice

  • 28 October 2016 1:30-2:15pm

Love leeches? Think ghoulish gore is great? Then you’ll make a fine Apothecary’s Apprentice! Did you know Keats trained as an apothecary? Learn the secrets of this trade by getting hands-on with objects. You’ll get the chance to concoct your own soothing herbal potion to take away. For children 7+ who must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/become-an-apothecarys-apprentice-tickets-26964636955

Apothecary's apprentice

Become an Apothecary’s Apprentice

  • 28 October 2016 11-11:45am

Love leeches? Think ghoulish gore is great? Then you’ll make a fine Apothecary’s Apprentice! Did you know Keats trained as an apothecary? Learn the secrets of this trade by getting hands-on with objects. You’ll get the chance to concoct your own soothing herbal potion to take away. For children 7+ who must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£5 per child

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/become-an-apothecarys-apprentice-tickets-26964609874

Annie Grey

Late Night Keats: Regency Food with Dr Annie Grey

  • 28 October 2016 7-9:30pm

Join Dr Annie Grey for a special late night opening celebrating Regency food. The acclaimed food historian, broadcaster and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet will tell us the secrets of the era’s delicacies, and supply us with syllabub for all to try. Grab a drink at the bar, decorate your own regency cupcake in Mrs Brawne’s Kitchen or catch a pop-up poetry reading based on all things delicious. Adults only – part of Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15 (includes a glass of fizz and activities)

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/late-night-keats-regency-food-with-dr-annie-grey-tickets-26946514751

Old Well Walk

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • 29 October 2016 11am-1:30pm

Meet outside Hampstead underground station. 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12 adults, £10 concessions (over 65, students and jobseekers with proof)

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-hampstead-guided-walk-tickets-26946916954

John Keats by Joseph Severn

Afternoon Poems: Keats’s Birthday Reading

  • 30 October 2016 2-3pm

Join our fantastic Poetry Ambassadors for a special celebratory reading of Keats’s poems the day before his 221st birthday.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-keatss-birthday-reading-tickets-26946967104

Keats House

Special Guided Tour: Wentworth Place – The Home of John Keats

  • 12 November 2016 12-1pm

Take a trip back in time with a curator-led tour around John Keats’s Hampstead home and garden. Discover the history of Keats House, known then as Wentworth Place, and find out how it has changed since its construction in 1815-1816.

The tour will include the basement and first floor. The route will include steep steps and please note as we are a grade I listed building we do not have a lift.

Admission

Free with admission to Keats House (£6.50/£5.50/£4.50), booking required

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-guided-tour-wentworth-place-the-home-of-john-keats-tickets-26947340220

George Orwell

Afternoon Poems: George Orwell's Poetry and Prose

  • 13 November 2016 2-3pm

Orwell like Keats was a Hampstead local at one time, and he also tragically succumbed to tuberculosis. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading that will feature his poetry alongside prose from his books and articles.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, booking recommended

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-george-orwells-poetry-and-prose-tickets-26947390370

Family Day small world

Family Day: Small World

  • 20 November 2016 1-4pm

Make a Keats House shadow puppet theatre and create your very own scenes of friendship and inspiration. Most suitable for children 7+, younger siblings welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-small-world-tickets-26947442526

Sharman

Templar Poetry Live: Ruth Sharman and Michael Brown

  • 22 November 2016 7-8:30pm

Scarlet Tiger is Ruth Sharman’s second collection and the winner of the 2016 Templar Straid Collection Award. These poems are both lyrical and elusive and bear a dark, wistful and sustained sense of loss. Michael Brown's pamphlet, Locations for a Soul, is a restless, rootless and transient journey where 'You find yourself alone on the sixth floor… a compass needle whirring in your heart'.

Admission

Free, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/templar-poetry-live-ruth-sharman-and-michael-brown-tickets-26947520760

Keats House in Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 24 November 2016 8-9:30pm

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.

This guided tour will take place twice from 6:30 - 8pm and 8pm - 9:30pm. Separate registration required for each tour.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26947775522

Keats by Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 24 November 2016 6:30-8pm

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.

This guided tour will take place twice from 6:30 - 8pm and 8pm - 9:30pm. Separate registration required for each tour.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26947724369

Shelley

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

  • 26 November 2016 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 groundbreaking masterpieces as Frankenstein and 'The Mask of Anarchy'.

Admission

£12/£10, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shelley-the-trumpet-of-a-prophecy-guided-walk-tickets-26947676225

New London Children's Choir

Christmas Carols at Keats House

  • 4 December 2016 3-4pm

Get in the festive spirit with the New London Children’s Choir. Admire our beautiful Christmas tree and enjoy a special performance of all the Christmas classics in our stunning Chester Room. Little poets can try their hand at making a regency silhouette Christmas decoration in Mrs Brawne’s Kitchen. Children and adults welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission to Keats House, no booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-carols-at-keats-house-tickets-26948203803

Christmas in London

Keats and Festivity

  • 6 December 2016 6:30-8:30pm

An evening of poetry and games focusing on festivities during the Romantic period – as enjoyed by Keats, Leigh Hunt and their friends. Join Professors Peter Swaab and Gregory Dart of the UCL English department for a relaxed and entertaining evening of poetry readings, riddles, quizzes and festive refreshments.

Admission

Free, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-and-festivity-tickets-26948338205

John Hegley

John Hegley's Mixed Bag

  • 9 December 2016 7-8:30pm

Once described as ‘awesomely mundane’ by The Independent, former poet in residence and master performer John Hegley returns to Keats House. Join John and friends for another culture cabaret with guests abetting on pieces concerning Keats, Hopkins, love, Lawrence, cowboys, celery and education – both jolly and melancholy. Come and sing!

Admission

£10, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-hegleys-mixed-bag-tickets-26948463580

Family Day

Rhyming Drawing and Drawing Out the Creative: A Children’s Workshop with John Hegley

  • 10 December 2016 11am-12:30pm

Adults are invited to accompany a child or two to this workshop which will involve activities inspired by the things that John Keats got up to … like sword fencing with celery ... and writing poetry. For children 8+ who must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£6 adults/£5 children, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rhyming-drawing-and-drawing-out-the-creative-a-childrens-workshop-with-john-hegley-tickets-26948908912

Keats Christmas Card

Afternoon Poems: The Bells Are Ringing

  • 11 December 2016 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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/afternoon-poems-the-bells-are-ringing-tickets-26948949032

Keats House by Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 15 December 2016 8-9:30pm

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.

There will be two identical tours of the house at 6.30 – 8pm and 8 – 9.30pm. Tickets are valid for one tour only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26949036293

Keats House by Candle

Keats House by Candlelight

  • 15 December 2016 6:30-8pm

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.

There will be two identical tours of the house at 6.30 – 8pm and 8 – 9.30pm. Tickets are valid for one tour only.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

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

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-house-by-candlelight-tickets-26949010215

Festival of lights

Family Day: Festival of Lights

  • 18 December 2016 1-4pm

Hear wintry folktales from around the world with storyteller Olivia Armstrong.
You can also help us light up the darkening nights by making a tea light holder using recycled materials. They make a fabulous festive gift too!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-day-festival-of-lights-tickets-26949084437

Guys Hospital

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • 31 December 2016 11am-1:30pm

Meet at Moorgate tube station. 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 areas where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’ Hall and Guy’s Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats’s poems and letters along the way.

Admission

£12/10 concessions, booking essential

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keats-in-the-city-guided-walk-tickets-26949165680

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.

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

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.

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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