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Leighton House Museum, London

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The Leighton House Museum is an art museum in the Holland Park area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London.

The building was the London home of painter Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (1830–1896), who commissioned the architect and designer George Aitchison to build him a combined home and studio noted for its incorporation of tiles and other elements purchased in the Near East to build a magnificent Qa'a (room). The resulting building, completed 1866–95, on the privately owned Ilchester Estate, is now Grade II* listed. It is noted for its elaborate Orientalist and aesthetic interiors.
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  • This is the second time I have been to Leighton house museum. The first time was about 3 years ago. I appreciate that there is a renovation going on and some of the rooms cannot be opened due to...  more »
  • This is a magical place. You can almost feel the spirit of Lord Leighton there. You can imagine his visitors taking off their hats and coats in the entry way. The walls are decorated with...  more »
  • An amazing little hidden gem in Holland Park. The guide gave us a really detailed and interesting overview of the life and career of Frederic Leighton, a former director of the RA and a giant in his day, albeit one who has been forgotten somewhat in posterity. The house itself is fabulous, particularly the Eastern wing. Frederic Leighton's art collection was largely sold off after his death, but great effort has been taken to recreate how it would have looked while he lived there, with a number of originals and copies assembled and displayed where they would have hung.
  • A beautiful house, especially the Arab Hall which was breathtaking. Wasn't busy and we had free range of the house and garden. You can't photograph the rooms though it's not that you are being watched continuously to make sure you don't but they do say no photography. It takes about 30-60 minutes to go around if you really drag it out so for the price (student - £7, adult - £9) you'd have to determine whether it's worth it, however for the Arab Hall alone, I'd say it's worth a visit.

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