Leighton House Museum

Image of the Narcissus Hall, one of the rooms at Leighton House Museum
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Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London’s Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century.

The Arab Hall is the centrepiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over 1000 Islamic tiles, the interior evokes a compelling vision of the Orient. A golden mosaic frieze encricles the room, elaborate decorative paintwork illuminates the domed ceiling, coloured marbles clad the walls and in the centre a fountain adds a calming murmur to the sumptuous atmosphere.

The opulence of the Arab Hall continues through the other richly decorated interiors with gilded ceilings and walls lined with stunning peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is Leighton's grand painting studio, where he worked for many hours almost every day that he was at home. With its great dome and apse the studio is the heart and purpose of the house and was also the venue for Leighton's celebrated musical evenings.

Leighton was at the very centre of the London artworld and many of the leading figures of the day were welcomed into his extraordinary home. Today it draws visitors from around the world.

The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton’s private world and is a unique venue for the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Leighton House Museum is open daily except Tuesdays from 10.00 to 17.30.
Last entry is 17.00pm.

Free guided tour every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm

The House is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Leighton House Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Admission charges

£9 Adult
£7 Concession: Senior Citizen (over 60s), 12-17yrs, full-time student, disabled, unwaged, carer, Blue Badge Guide


Free Entry: Friends of Leighton House Museum, Art Fund members (National Art Pass), Under 5s, Museums Association Members*, ICOM Members*, Accredited Press*

*ID / valid proof of membership will be requested where concessionary or free entry applies. If you cannot present your membership card, full charges will apply

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Underground:
High Street Kensington, Olympia or Holland Park.

Buses:
9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 stops on Kensington High Street/Earls Court Road

Car:
Metered car parking is limited in Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.

Leighton House Museum has an outstanding collection of Leighton’s drawings. Most of these were acquired in the years immediately following the artist’s death. With the addition of later purchases the collection now comprises over seven hundred works.

Leighton's own collection also included works by many of his contemporaries, Burne Jones, Millais, Alma-Tadema and Albert Moore. Important works by these artists remain hanging in the house as well as over 80 examples of paintings and sculpture by Leighton himself.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Frederic Lord Leighton
  • Burne-Jones
  • Millais
  • Frederick Watts
  • Alma-Tadema
  • Albert Moore
  • Victorian art and architecture
  • Islamic tiles
  • William De Morgan

Islam

See "Near and Middle East" entry. The Arab hall includes tiles carrying verses from the Qu'ran in praise of Allah.

Near & Middle East

Leighton House Museum contains a spectacular Arab Hall, lined with priceless tiles from Syria and Turkey that date from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries. You can see pictures of the hall online, both as it is now, and as it was in 1879. The hall was built by Lord Leighton, an artist, after travels in Asia Minor and Greece in 1867.
There are also a number of paintings in the house showing scenes from the Middle East. Leighton House have compiled an Arab tour which you can see online.

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.
An Arabian Feast at Leighton House Museum. Image Courtesy of Sakbeh

An Arabian Feast at Leighton House: 1,001 Flavours, Stories & Sounds from Syria

  • 2 March 2018 7:30-10pm

Set in Leighton’s Grand Studio and inspired by the artist’s extraordinary collection of 16th century tiles from Damascus in the stunning Arab Hall, guests will enjoy an array of mouth-watering dishes from Syria while learning of their provenance and culinary influences – a rich exchange of cultures across the centuries. In between courses they will be serenaded with live music, bridging old and contemporary songs from the region brought to you by Yara Zeitoun

The evening is realised in collaboration with Sakbeh, the brainchild of Syrian couple and food lovers Nadeen and Louai, and it is part of the programme of the BBC Civilisations Festival, a showcase of ideas and events designed to engage a culturally curious audience.

>> Doors open at 7pm for a drinks reception; dinner starts at 7:30pm

>> Tickets are non-refundable. For further enquiries please contact the organiser on museums@rbkc.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Early bird tickets £40
Standard tickets £45

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-arabian-feast-at-leighton-house-1001-flavours-stories-sounds-from-syria-tickets-41998240869

Getting there

Underground:
High Street Kensington, Olympia or Holland Park.

Buses:
9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 stops on Kensington High Street/Earls Court Road

Car:
Metered car parking is limited in Holland Park Road and surrounding streets. The Holland Park car park off Abbotsbury Road is approximately ten minutes' walk away.

Leighton House Museum
12 Holland Park Road
London
Greater London
W14 8LZ
England

Website

E-mail

museums@rbkc.gov.uk

Telephone

020 7602 3316

Fax

020 7371 2467

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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