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From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. The house gives an insight into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, and also provides a rare example of what was known as an 'Aesthetic interior' or 'House Beautiful' style. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign or 'exotic' influences in the decoration of the home. This can be seen by the various Japanese, Middle-Eastern and Chinese objects throughout the Sambournes' home.
Led by our expert guides, the informative tours give a memorable insight into the Sambournes' lives and home, from interior decoration, eccentric possessions, to their day to day activities. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes an introductory film.
>> WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER: SPECIAL PUNCH 175's ANNIVERSARY GUIDED TOUR
To mark the anniversary of the legendary magazine where Edward Linley Sambourne worked for most part of his career, our Conventional Guided Tour on Wednesday 16th November will highlight some of the most remarkable works he produced for the magazine and will introduce fascinating insights into the role of the publication in the political and artistic scene in Victorian England.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The closest tube station is High Street Kensington and buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and 328 all run on High Street Kensington, a 10 minute walk from the house.
Metered parking is very limited and the nearest car park is a 10 minute walk away underneath the Kensington Town Hall at Hornton Street, W8 7NX. On a Sunday parking is free in a metered parking bay and you can park in a Residents Parking Bay for free until 1pm when you will then have to move your car.
Please note that the Visitor Entrance to 18 Stafford Terrace is down a few steep steps in the basement and that there is no disabled access or cafe on site.
The tour lasts for about an hour and a half and after watching the introductory film you will be standing. There are a few folding stools available for those who would prefer to sit down.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We ask Visitors to leave any bags and jackets in the Reception area in the basement as the rooms in the house are quite small. We also ask that you turn off your mobile phone whilst on the tour and do not take photos. If you wish to take flash free photos you may come back free of charge during Open Access hours 2-5.30pm on the day of your tour. Please inform the Museum Assistant at Reception if you would like to come back.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions please e-mail Tracey Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contact 18 Stafford Terrace on the day of your visit the phone number is 020 7938 1295
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you can transfer your ticket to another person or another date subject to availability.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not have to bring your printed ticket with you to this event.
What is the refund policy?
There is no refund given on tickets once they have been paid for however subject to availability you can transfer your ticket to another date.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes that's fine, please just tell the Museum Assistant at the reception when you come in.
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18 Stafford Terrace
From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. The house gives an insight into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, and also provides a rare example of what was known as an 'Aesthetic interior' or 'House Beautiful' style. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign or 'exotic' influences in the decoration of the home. This can be seen by the various Japanese, Middle-Eastern and Chinese objects throughout the Sambournes' home. After the deaths of Linley and Marion Sambourne, the house was preserved by their descendants. In 1980 it was opened to the public by the Victorian Society. This organisation had been inaugurated at 18 Stafford Terrace in 1958 by the Sambourne's grand-daughter, Anne, 6th Countess of Rosse. In 1989, its ownership passed to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.