This excursion will be back soon. In the meantime we’d be happy to organise a private tour for you. Please contact us on 020 7624 3978 | privatewalks@walks.com to make a booking.

Leighton House & the Street of Artists

High Street Kensington tube station, London

Guided by Matt

Short read: Palace, Studio, East meets West, Treasure Cave.

Long read: It's London's most beguiling artistic interior. The house – and the story – it's like a precious gem. Turn it which way you will every facet fascinates. Consider the trajectory: from modest villa to the command centre for the conduct of the art life of the nation. Consider the jaw-dropping Arab Hall extension, loosely modelled on the Norman-Arabic palace La Zisa in Palermo. Consider the artistic community that sprang up around the house. Consider the artist himself: his elevation to the peerage, the first artist ever to be so treated. Consider his work: his meditations on female sexual allure, e.g. Explorations that are all the more remarkable for being carried out by one who was largely indifferent to that mechanism! Special place. Special tour. It'll engross you. And enlarge your understanding. Make it both more spacious and fuller. Some Tour du Jour, wouldn't you say! Guided by art historian and painter Matt. N.B. there's a £9 admission charge (£7 concs.) to the house. The Leighton House tour takes about two hours. High Street Kensington Tube is just a few minutes' walk away. 

Anything else? Yes, Leighton House is the kingpin in "the artists' quarter," so, needless to ssy, Matt will guide the neighbourhood – all those studios – as well as Leighton House. What's not to like?

THE ARTISTS' QUARTER & LEIGHTON HOUSE – THE PRACTICALS

In the Summer 2019 London Walks programme The Artists' Quarter & Leighton House tour will take place at xxxxx on Sxxxxx1. The meeting point for The Artists' Quarter & Leighton House Colony tour is High Street KensingtonTube (meet Matt at the end of the shopping arcade that leads directly out to Kensington High Street). 

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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public The Artists' Quarter & Leighton House Tour do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have The Artists' Quarter & Leighton House Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

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