Our Victorian delight evening will transport you to when Leighton House first opened to the public. Initially the house could be viewed by appointment through Mrs Barrington and it was not until April 1900 that it formally opened to the public. The night will celebrate this special period as you:
- step back in time mingling with Victorian guests of Mrs Barrington including Queen Victoria.
- learn about Victorian etiquette and the secret language of the fan
- be treated to a special performance in the opulent rooms of Leighton House
- exclusive access to see the hidden model staircase and Butler's pantry, not open during visiting hours
- listen to classical 19th-century music as a backdrop
- get a free sketch by our caricaturist
- watch a video about the restoration of the house
The atmospheric interiors containing a fascinating collection conjures a personal and memorable experience as you walk through the house. This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in experiencing Leighton House Museum in a unique way. There will be an opportunity to purchase refreshments, special merchandise and books on the evening.
Every visitor will receive a free DVD of our photographic tour 'A Palace of Art' (worth £2). The photographic tour of Leighton House Museum is set to music, with introductions to each of the rooms: a fitting memento of this unique building
Please note that once we have reached capacity, a 'one-in-one-out' policy will take immediate effect. Book now to avoid disappointment.
The event is part of the Museums at Night, you can drop in during the course of the evening, do not need to be at the venue at 6.30pm.
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Leighton House Museum
Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century.
The house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The Arab Hall is the centerpiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles, mostly brought back from Damascus in Syria, the interior with its gold mosaics, marble columns and golden dome evokes a compelling vision of the Orient.
The opulence continues through the other richly decorated interiors, with elaborate mosaic floors and walls lined with peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is the Silk Room with its display of paintings by Leighton’s friends and contemporaries and the grand painting studio with its great north window, dome and apse – the room in which all Leighton’s important later works were produced including the celebrated Flaming June.