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The Twilight Tours are special Costumed Tours hosted one evening every month. As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes an introductory film.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington which is a 10 minute walk away. Buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and 328 all stop along High Street Kensington. There is very limited metered parking nearby and the nearest car park is under Kensington Town Hall at Hornton Street, W8 7NX, a 10 minute walk away. After 6.30pm you can park for free in a Metered or a Residents Parking Bay.
The Visitor Entrance to 18 Stafford Terrace is down a few steep steps in the basement and there is no disabled access or cafe on site.
Visitors have to stand during the tour however there are folding stools available for those who would like to sit down.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We ask visitors to leave their coats and bags in the basement Reception area and to turn off mobile phones. No photos can be taken on the tour and food and drink can only be consumed in the Reception area.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please e-mail Tracey Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or if you want to contact Stafford Terrace on the day of your visit please ring 020 7938 1295.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you may transfer the ticket to someone else, please inform Tracey Lazarus by e-mail at email@example.com or tell the Museum Assistant at the Reception when you arrive.
You may change the date of your tour subject to availability.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No you do not have to bring your printed ticket to the event.
What is the refund policy?
We do not offer refunds however you may change the date of your tour subject to availability.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes that's fine please tell the Museum Assistant at Reception when you arrive.
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When & Where
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.