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Weekday of Thursday 1 October

Posted by Hazel Baker on Thursday, October 1, 2020 Under: October


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What: Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.

Built to Leighton’s precise requirements, the house was extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. From modest beginnings it grew into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. Upstairs, Leighton’s vast painting studio was one of the sights of London, filled with paintings in different stages of completion, the walls hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window.  Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859. But Leighton lived alone in his palace, occupying the house’s only bedroom on the first floor.

Leighton House Museum is surrounded by a group of other studio-houses, all of which were built during the second half of the nineteenth century. This group provides a unique insight into the wealth, status and taste of successful artists in the late-Victorian period.

Opening Hours: Leighton House is open from 12 September 2020 on weekends only, from 10am to 5:30pm; last entry at 4:30pm.
Address: LEIGHTON HOUSE 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

Plan your visit: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum/visitus.aspx


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What: Medieval London Walk
When: Saturday 3 October, 2pm - Discover Medieval London - Meet other adventurous souls - Qualified City of London tour guide, Ian McDiarmid On this guided walk we will look at how Londoners made their livings, how religion permeated their lives, and how they had to put up with some pretty strong smells. The medieval past reverberates through to today. Names like Ironmonger Lane and Bread Street reflect a London where customers jostled, haggled and were occasionally conned. London was the most exciting, richest, and deadliest place in medieval England. Come and share the excitement from the relative safety of one of our walking tours. Book here: https://www.londonguidedwalks.co.uk/medieval-london-walk.php

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