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Leighton House Museum, London

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The Leighton House Museum is a museum in the Holland Park district of Kensington and Chelsea in London. The former home of the painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, it has been open to the public since 1929.
Built for Leighton by the architect and designer George Aitchison, it is a Grade II* listed building. It is noted for its elaborate Orientalist and aesthetic interiors. It is open to the public daily except Tuesdays, and is a companion museum to 18 Stafford Terrace, another Victorian artist's home in Kensington.
The first part of the house (2 Holland Park Road, later renumbered as 12) was designed in 1864 by the architect George Aitchison, although Leighton was not granted a lease on the land until April 1866. Building commenced shortly afterwards, and the house, which cost £4500, was ready for occupation by the end of the year. The building is of red Suffolk bricks with Caen Stone dressings in a restrained classical style.
The architect extended the building over 30 years; the first phase was only three windows wide. The main room was the first floor studio, facing north, originally 45 by 25 feet, with a large central window to provide plenty of light for painting. There was also a gallery at the east end, and a separate staircase for use by models. The house was extended to the east in 1869–70. Additionally, a major extension was made in 1877–79: the two-storey "Arab Hall," built to house Leighton's collection of tiles collected during visits to the Middle East.
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  • Close to the Design museum tucked back Kensington High Street lies this private house. Isn't a real museum, many pieces were sold after Leighton passed away and his artistic vision was compromised. So...  more »
  • Leighton House is a little gem tucked away behind Kensington High Street. It has some truly lovely interiors and paintings to see. However, it is small so dont expect to spend more than an hour or so ...  more »
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  • Meh..... I could have lived without it. I went way out of my way to see it and thought it was somewhat interesting, but was I done and out of there in about 30 minutes and that was with a couple of passes through some of the rooms. There honestly isn't much of the house to see. It's quite ornate and exotic and the art is good. But, unless you're a huge fan of Leighton's art, I wouldn't bother. It was over-priced for the rooms you got access to.
  • This place is gorgeous! It's a gem like you wouldn't believe tucked away in Holland park. It's a very small Museum so it'll only take you about 1-2hrs to see everything. But the detail involved in the main room is incredible! Unfortunately, not allowed to photograph anything, but that's probably a good thing as there are no insta-tourists taking up the view with poses etc.
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