Visit some of the world’s most famous interiors in these house museums in London!
More tourists have visited London in the past year than ever before, which means the most popular attractions have longer lines and it’s more difficult to actually see them. If you are a big fan of museums but want to avoid all the popular ones try one of the many house museums.
Many of these house museums are grand manors rich in history and culture, places that once were the residence of important figures in British history and are now welcoming visitors from all over the world.
Take a glimpse inside these 8 houses we selected!
Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street
During mid-19th century this Victorian house was the author’s place of residence. While Dickens and his family only lived in this house for a few years it was one of the most productive periods in his life, he wrote both Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers in the house. The house is now a reference to the author’s life with memorabilia all over the rooms.
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey
A famous building for being the primary residence of King Henry VIII, the residence is still a symbol in Tudor architecture, maintaining much of the original features, such as the vast wood-beamed hall and a medieval garden. It was renovated in the 17th century and nowadays its open to the public,
Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane
This Georgian mansion located on Hampstead is surrounded by sprawling fields, small fields, and lush gardens. Filled with antique furniture and an impressive collection of painting. The library, covered in frescoes and decorative carvings is especially magnificent.
Banqueting House, Whitehall
This opulent hall gives us a glimpse at what the largest palace in Europe once looked like. The Banqueting House is the only remaining structure from the Palace of Whitehall, which once was the residence of the royal family, up until the reign of King Henry VIII when it was destroyed by a fire.
Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road
This charming house is the former home of the Neoclassical painter Lord Frederic Leighton. The artist adored Middle Eastern arts and his house is decorated with furniture and objects found on his travels around the world. There is also a studio with a selection of some of his works.
Kew Palace Royal Botanic Gardens
Hidden away inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, this former palace served as a home for many members of the English royal family. The palace is striking in its simplicity. It was abandoned in the 19th century and it was only recently restored.
Fenton House, Hampstead Grove
While it may not be as grand as the remaining houses on the list. this 17th century home is the perfect example of English country architecture. The interiors are filled with quirky collections and the balcony on the top floor offers a view of both the neighborhood and the towers in central London.
Spencer House, 27 St. James Place
This house was commissioned by the 1st Earl Spencer in 1756. While it is no longer the London residence of the Spencer family (as in Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales), it was recently restored to near-perfect condition and is open for guided tours. The Palm Room, which is decorated with enormous carved and gilded palm trees, is worth the visit alone.