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Linley Sambourne House and Leighton House
May 29 @ 10:45 am - 3:30 pm
The Society will be given guided tours to two most interesting Victorian properties in Kensington. Visiting these houses gives a wonderful and fascinating evocation of late Victorian London, the era of Holmes and Watson, so be ready step back in time to 1899.
We will meet at 10.45am for an 11.00 tour of 18 Stafford Terrace W8 7BH. Nearest underground station High Street Kensington. The house 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. More details at https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/18staffordterrace1.aspx
This tour will finish at 12.30pm. Between the tours there will be a one and a half hour lunch break so members can avail themselves of sustenance in one of the local Victorian era public houses suggested below or other dining options in Kensington High Street:
- The Scarsdale Tavern http://www.scarsdaletavern.co.uk/
- The Elephant and Castle
At 14.00 we will commence the second tour – of Leighton House, 12 Holland Park, London, W14 8LZ. Built between 1866 and 1895, it was the former home of the famous Victorian artist Lord Frederic Leighton. This house allowed Leighton to display his taste for the exotic, creating a rich interior in the Moorish style, the highlight being the Arab Hall. There are also many interesting Victorian paintings on display by Leighton and others. The tour will finish at approximately 15.30.
The cost per person will be £20 for a joint guided tour of both houses.
Depending on numbers booking we may split the party into two and adjust the order of the tours for one group.
- Meet at 10.45am at 18 Stafford Terrace W8 7BH
- Charge – £20.00/US$40.00 per person
- Please note numbers are limited to 40
- Lunch is not included