Leighton House

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Feature List

  • Guided Tours
  • Open to the public
  • Gift shop
  • Temporary exhibitions

Frederic, Lord Leighton's purpose-built studio-house, one of the nineteenth century's most remarkable buildings.

Leighton House was designed and built in 1865-6 by George Aitchison RA for his friend, the great Victorian artist and later President of the Royal Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Progressively adapted to suit Leighton's specifications over the thirty years he lived here, the building includes a north-facing working studio with a picture slot for transferring Leighton's larger works - in its day, one of the sights of London. However, the house was also intended to be a showcase for Leighton's artistic taste, and for his extensive art collection, which included works by Corot, Millais, George Frederic Watts and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The highlight remains the extraordinary Arab Hall (1877), which reflects Leighton's fascination with the Middle East along with his major collection of fifteenth-century Damascus tiles.

Leighton House has been open to the public since 1929, and is situated alongside a number of other studio-houses that were built during the second half of the nineteenth century. Together, these demonstrate the wealth, status and taste of some of the most successful late-Victorian period artists. Though none are still available to visit, Leighton House runs regular tours of the area through the Holland Park Circle.

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12 Holland Park Road
United Kingdom
W14 8LZ


020 7602 3316



Plan your visit
Opening times:

Open daily 10am - 5:30pm

Closed Tuesdays

Admission prices:

£9 Adults

£7 Concessions

Children up to 16 years go free

Accurate as of September 2018

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