Situated in the environs of leafy Holland Park, within easy reach of London’s West End, Leighton House combines outstanding collections of High Victorian art with the atmosphere and intimacy of a private home. This makes Leighton House Museum an exceptional venue for entertaining, providing an unforgettable setting for corporate and private dinners, receptions, lectures, concerts and photographic or film shoots.
Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. And it’s available for events!
The House is a ‘private palace of art’ showcasing the private art collection of Lord Leighton including oil paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints as well as personal objects that belonged to the artist; the collection is deployed throughout their extraordinary interiors such as the Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles.
Upstairs, Leighton’s vast painting studio is one of the sights of London, the walls hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window. Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859.
Leighton House is surrounded by a group of other studio-houses, overlooking its stunning back garden, all of which were built during the second half of the nineteenth century. This group provides a unique insight into the wealth, status and taste of successful artists in the late-Victorian period.
All private and corporate events held include a private viewing of the permanent collection as well as the exhibitions on display in our temporary exhibition space.