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.
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. This tour is aimed at families and is suitable for children over the age of 5.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
This is a family event suitable for children over the age of 5 years old.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
High Street Kensington is the nearest tube station, with buses 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328 all running along High Street Kensington. The house is 10 minutes walk from the tube station.
Metered parking is very limited and the nearest car park is under Kensington Town Hall at Hornton St W8 7NX.
The Visitor Entrance is via a few steep steps in the basment. There is no disabled access or cafe on site.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
We ask visitors to leave their coats and bags in the reception area in the basement and to turn off mobile phones. No photos can be taken during the tour.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please e-mail Tracey Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries.
If you wish to contact Stafford Terrace on the day of your visit please ring 020 7938 1295.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you can transfer the ticket to another person or change to another date subject to availability.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No you do not have to bring your printed ticket with you.
What is the refund policy?
We do not give refunds once you have booked your ticket, however you may change the date of your visit subject to availability.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Thats fine, please inform the Museum Assistant at Reception when you arrive.