Leighton House London – An architectural masterpiece

arts&culture
Art & culture

The domed Arab Hall – a glittering chamber inspired by the inside of the Castello della Zisa in Palermo – is what most visitors come for.

There are treasures to discover in every room of Leighton House, the home and studio of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton: paintings, ceramics, tapestries, books… However, the domed Arab Hall – a glittering chamber inspired by the inside of the Castello della Zisa in Palermo – is what most visitors come for. Decorated from floor to ceiling with mosaics, marble columns, and Middle Eastern tiles, it is pure Orientalist fantasy. Other highlights include the Silk Room – a sumptuous gallery space where Leighton hung paintings given to him by artistic contemporaries – and the newly restored Winter Studio.

Leighton began building the house in the 1860s with the help of renowned architect George Aitchison, but it was a project that would consume him right up until his death in 1896. Extensions were added as the artist traveled more and his collection of art, textiles, and pottery expanded, and at the same time other purpose-built studio houses began to pop up around it. This artists’ colony became known as the Holland Park Circle.

One other such property – Sambourne House in nearby Stafford Terrace – is also open to the public as a museum, and visitors can buy a joint ticket to get discounted entry to both. Tickets to Leighton House are sold on a ‘pay what you want’ basis on the first Monday of every month, and anyone with a National Art Pass can enter for free all year round.

About this spot

12 Holland Park Rd

Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:30

Adult ticket:

£

11

2073613783

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in London

Koi Ramen Bar – For when only ramen will do...

"Koi Ramen Bar" in London makes me happy, and I'm a self-confessed ramen addict. For a satisfying bowlful of the Japanese broth, it's on top of my list...

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Mark

Meyer

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – Cats and coffee

"Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium" in London's Shoreditch is the first of the UK's selection of cat cafes. It's surprisingly calm and quiet... and so cute!

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Ellie

Swain

The Crown & Cushion – Made like they used to

The unassuming, retro signage outside amidst the noise & din of Waterloo might pull you in, but what makes you stay is the genuine town tavern feel inside.

bars
Bars

By

Harry

Thompson

Village Underground – Iconic east London venue

"Village Underground" isn't just the epitome of East London: its electronic club events are legendary and the whole environment is frankly captivating...

arts&culture
Art & culture
music
Music
theater
Theaters

By

Mark

Meyer

Maltby Street Market – A vibey weekend spot

"Maltby Street Market" on London's Rope Walk has a great selection of interesting street food traders & drink vendors. Makes me fall in love all over again

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
shopping
Shopping
snacks
Snacks

By

Mark

Meyer

London Chess Centre – Pawn Shop

"London Chess Centre" is a charming chess shop that offers sets for every budget, as well as books, magazines and other board games. Check(mate) it out!

shopping
Shopping

By

Peter

Hoffer

Music & Video Exchange – No downloads here

"Music & Video Exchange" in London is a shop that should not exist in this day of the download but it so proudly does, chest out and head held high...

shopping
Shopping

By

Andrew

Bright

Chewing Gum Art – Pavement patterns

If you venture off to Muswell Hill, North London, do check out the "Chewing Gum Art" stuck on the pavement! You might even meet the artist behind it all...

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Kamla

Pillay

Kew Gardens – Botanical garden paradise

"Kew Gardens" is the famous UNESCO world heritage site in Southwest London. It's great to visit for its plants, flowers and Christmas festivities!

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Ellie

Swain

Petrie Museum – Mummy dearest

"Petrie Museum" London offers a much better chance to be alone with an Egyptian mummy than the British Museum. I like that they focus on smaller objects.

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Peter

Hoffer

Osterley House and Park – A palace of palaces

The "Osterley House and Park" in London makes an aspiring stately home owner like myself like the lord or lady of the manor. Walking around is free!

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Peter

Hoffer

The Lookout – Views without the queues

Here, you’ll be able to enjoy sweeping views of London’s most famous landmarks: Tower Bridge, the Shard and St. Paul’s Cathedral, to name just a few.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Madeline

Gowers

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in London

Get to know our Spotters from London

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.