18 Stafford Terrace

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From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace 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. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign or 'exotic' influences in the decoration of the home'. This can be seen by the various Japanese, Middle-Eastern and Chinese objects throughout the Sambournes' home. After the deaths of Linley and Marion Sambourne, the house was preserved by their descendants. In 1980 it was opened to the public by the Victorian Society. This organisation had been inaugurated at 18 Stafford Terrace in 1958 by the Sambourne's grand-daughter, Anne, 6th Countess of Rosse. In 1989, its ownership passed to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea who now manage this museum

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THE SAMBOURNES HAVE MOVED!Follow Leighton House Museum and discover fascinating content about the work and life stories ...
14/04/2020

THE SAMBOURNES HAVE MOVED!

Follow Leighton House Museum and discover fascinating content about the work and life stories of two unique Victorian artists and their remarkable homes & creative studios in Kensington

#LeightonandSambourne

It is #MuseumSelfieDay today ! If you visit 18 Stafford Terrace  (join our guided tour at 11am or pop down during Open A...
15/01/2020

It is #MuseumSelfieDay today ! If you visit 18 Stafford Terrace (join our guided tour at 11am or pop down during Open Access 2 - 5:30pm) don't forget to snap away and share memories of your Victorian experience with everyone!

Season's Greetings
24/12/2019

Season's Greetings

This December, join one of our Evening Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs....
28/11/2019
Costumed evening tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

This December, join one of our Evening Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace

As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at this 'House Beautiful', based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries.

The tour will last approximately an hour and includes an introductory film and the chance to see the house dressed for the Christmas season.

Wednesdays 4,11,18 and Thursdays 5,12,19 December, 7 – 8:30pm

UNDER 18S GO FREE!

BOOK YOUR TICKETS: https://bit.ly/37HB9sN

The Costumed Evening Tours Join one of our Evening Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace, the ‘House Beautiful’ of legendary Victorian cartoonist, Linley Sambourne As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, ...

23/10/2019

Only a few spaces left for our Evening Costumed Tour next Wednesday 30 October from 7pm - under 18s go FREE!!

Join one of our Evening Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace. As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at The Sambournes' household, based on Marion's diaries. The tour will last approximately an hour and includes an introductory film.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS: https://bit.ly/33Wxi8M

Are you visiting this weekend for Open House London? Please note that Circle line is closed and there is no service on t...
19/09/2019

Are you visiting this weekend for Open House London?

Please note that Circle line is closed and there is no service on the District Line between High Street Kensington and Edgware Road. Nearest stations are Kensington Olympia (overground); Earl's Court or Holland Park (underground). You can also jump on a bus: 9, 23,27,28, 49, C1, 328

PLAN YOUR VISIT: https://bit.ly/1UcO5Ij

Delighted to announce that 18 Stafford will reopen on Saturday 7 September, after an exhaustive conservation cleaning th...
30/08/2019

Delighted to announce that 18 Stafford will reopen on Saturday 7 September, after an exhaustive conservation cleaning that has left the house looking sparkling and fresh to welcome all the new visitors.

Enjoy our 2FOR1 TICKET OFFER for Open Access (until 6 October only) or visit for FREE during the Open House London weekend (21 - 22 September) or Silver Sunday (Sunday 6 October)

Our popular tours are also available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

Find out more & plan your visit
https://bit.ly/1UcO5Ij

Delighted to see a glimpse of 18 Stafford Terrace in the latest film from HENI Talks, with Tate curator Carol Jacobi dis...
17/04/2019
HENI Talks - The Awakening Conscience: The Story of a Pre-Raphaelite Muse

Delighted to see a glimpse of 18 Stafford Terrace in the latest film from HENI Talks, with Tate curator Carol Jacobi discussing William Holman Hunt's 19th century masterpiece and the story of his defiant muse, Annie Miller.

You can watch the full film 'The Awakening Conscience: The Story of a Pre-Raphaelite Muse' here - https://buff.ly/2KLkgX1

Discover the ‘psychological drama’ behind William Holman Hunt’s Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece ‘The Awakening Conscience’ with Tate curator Carol Jacobi.

HALF-TERM FAMILY COSTUMED TOURSAs guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides...
14/02/2019
Half term family Costume Guided Tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

HALF-TERM FAMILY COSTUMED TOURS
As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes an introductory film.
This tour is aimed at families and is suitable for children over the age of 5.
Monday 18 February, 11am and 2pm
£8-10
TICKETS https://bit.ly/2ddlcBO

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace 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 int...

HALF-TERM FAMILY COSTUMED TOURSAs guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides...
07/02/2019
Half term family Costume Guided Tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

HALF-TERM FAMILY COSTUMED TOURS
As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes an introductory film. This tour is aimed at families and is suitable for children over the age of 5.
Monday 18 February, 11am and 2pm
£8-10
TICKETS https://bit.ly/2ddlcBO

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace 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 int...

Planning your half-term already? Remember that at 18 Stafford Terrace, we offer family-friendly costumed tours cater to ...
15/01/2019
Half term family Costume Guided Tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

Planning your half-term already?
Remember that at 18 Stafford Terrace, we offer family-friendly costumed tours cater to children over 5 years old. Get to know the history behind one of the most picturesque households of the nineteenth century, beautifully cluttered and full of objects from all over the world.
Monday 18 February, 11am and 2pm
£8-10
TICKETS https://bit.ly/2ddlcBO

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace 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 int...

The Festive season has arrived and we invite you to 1899 with our Christmas Twilight Tours. Be transported back in time ...
03/12/2018
Costumed evening tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

The Festive season has arrived and we invite you to 1899 with our Christmas Twilight Tours. Be transported back in time and tour the beautiful interiors of 18 Stafford Terrace, specially decorated for the Christmas season.
With Complimentary wine and mince pies, a perfect festive evening!
Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 and Thursday 6 December, 6:30 – 8:30pm
LIMITED SPACES, BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2QbIWct

The Costumed Evening Tours As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately an hour and includes an introductory film. -----------------...

FEW TICKETS LEFT! Enjoy our Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace as we explore Christmas in one of London’s most fascin...
27/11/2018
Costumed evening tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

FEW TICKETS LEFT! Enjoy our Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace as we explore Christmas in one of London’s most fascinating Victorian Houses. With complementary mince pies and wine, let the festive cheer begin…
Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 and Thursday 6 December, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Limited availability, BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2QbIWct

The Costumed Evening Tours As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately an hour and includes an introductory film. -----------------...

The nights are growing cold and blustery so brighten your evenings with our Christmas Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terr...
22/11/2018
Costumed evening tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

The nights are growing cold and blustery so brighten your evenings with our Christmas Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace. Enjoy complementary wine, mince pies and stories of Christmases long ago, its sure to get you in the Festive spirit.
Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 and Thursday 6 December, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Limited availability, BOOK NOW: https://bit.ly/2QbIWct

The Costumed Evening Tours As guests of Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, the actor-led tour provides a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace, based on Marion's Sambourne's diaries. The tour will last approximately an hour and includes an introductory film. -----------------...

10/09/2018
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We can't wait for the open house weekend. The house will be open on Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd September with FREE Open Access between 2-5: 30 pm

For more information on the houses taking part in the open house weekend check out this brochure here: https://bit.ly/2oX0utO

LAST FEW TICKETS available for our half-term costume tours. Book now and let your children explore this fine example of ...
08/02/2018
Half term family Costume Guided Tours of 18 Stafford Terrace

LAST FEW TICKETS available for our half-term costume tours. Book now and let your children explore this fine example of Victorian 'House Beautiful' guided by the lady of the House, Mrs Sambourne or her parlour maid.
Monday 12 February, 11am and 2pm
BOOK TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2ddlcBO

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace 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 int...

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children an...
12/01/2018

From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist 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.
Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; conventional and costume tours available.
www.rbkc.gov.uk/museums

Last Saturday 16 December, Shirley Nicholson and Leonee Ormond attended the blue plaque unveiling event for Edward Linle...
18/12/2017

Last Saturday 16 December, Shirley Nicholson and Leonee Ormond attended the blue plaque unveiling event for Edward Linley Sambourne at 5 Prospect Terrace, in Ramsgate, where the Sambourne family and servants wintered from 1888 to 1893.
Shirley Nicholson is the author of ‘A Victorian Household' based on Marion Sambourne’s diaries’ and other books on the Sambourne family. Leonee Ormond is Professor Emerita at King’s College, Cambridge specialising in Victorian and 19th century literature, fine arts and drama and author of ‘Linley Sambourne. A critique of his art'

🎄Season's Greetings🎄 from the team at 18 Stafford TerraceChristmas and New Year Opening Times:Wednesday 20 December to T...
18/12/2017

🎄Season's Greetings🎄
from the team at 18 Stafford Terrace
Christmas and New Year Opening Times:
Wednesday 20 December to Tuesday 26 December - CLOSED
Wednesday 27 - Open as normal
Thursday 28 December to Tuesday 2 January - CLOSED
The house reopens as normal from Wednesday 3 January

Don’t curl up with a book this weekend...Join us instead and explore this 'House Beautiful' in the heart of Kensington. ...
11/11/2017

Don’t curl up with a book this weekend...Join us instead and explore this 'House Beautiful' in the heart of Kensington. Learn more about the Sambourne family who once inhabited it for over 36 years and who each left a mark on the house in their own way.

Costumed and Conventional Tours: Saturdays and Sundays 11am. Pre-book essential
Open Access: Saturdays and Sundays from 2 - 5:30pm
PLAN YOUR VISIT HERE : bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Image of the Week: 122 anniversary of Punch Cover 122 years ago to the day that Punch, a magazine of humour and satire w...
09/11/2017

Image of the Week: 122 anniversary of Punch Cover
122 years ago to the day that Punch, a magazine of humour and satire which ran from 1841-2002, published this cartoon by Linley Sambourne as its cover, so we thought it was a good time to bring it out. Linley Sambourne worked as the Chief cartoonist for Punch, often drawing its covers and mastheads.

LEARN MORE about Linley's work for Punch: http://bit.ly/2yyTPNx
PLAN YOUR NEXT VISIT: We open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

The autumn colours may have faded outside but they live on the walls of 18 Stafford Terrace. Roy’s room walls were not d...
08/11/2017

The autumn colours may have faded outside but they live on the walls of 18 Stafford Terrace. Roy’s room walls were not decorated with paper surprisingly, but with leather! The specially painted leather shines a bright gold when the sun catches it just right.
See it for yourself as the house is open today!
GUIDED TOUR AT 11am - pre-book is essential: http://bit.ly/2wBvKRj
OPEN ACCESS: from 2 - 5:30pm

Plan your visit here: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Roy’s room always looks cosy in these dark autumn nights. But skip the early night and join us on a twilight tour instea...
06/11/2017

Roy’s room always looks cosy in these dark autumn nights. But skip the early night and join us on a twilight tour instead to learn more about the Sambourne Family. This bedroom belonged to Roy who lived as a bachelor in London for most of his life. On the walls hang pictures of his loves and a whole life story.

Twilight Tours every third Wednesday of the month, 7pm

BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Guy Fawkes Night is the gift that keeps on giving for political cartoonists. And it was no different in the Victorian pe...
05/11/2017

Guy Fawkes Night is the gift that keeps on giving for political cartoonists. And it was no different in the Victorian period with Linley Sambourne making his own satirical Guy Fawkes Cartoon. Learn more about the Cartoonist Linley Sambourne’s work with one of our tours, Wednesdays and Sundays 11am - 12:15pm.
PLAN YOUR VISIT: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Illustration for WoodworksLinley Sambourne was a noted illustrator in addition of being the chief car...
03/11/2017

IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Illustration for Woodworks

Linley Sambourne was a noted illustrator in addition of being the chief cartoonist for Punch, the satirical magazine where he worked until his death in 1910. He was praised for his technical accuracy and illustrated many books such as Thumbelina and The Water Babies.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO FIND OUT MORE: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

There is an autumn feel to the house with this gorgeous stain glass owl at 18 Stafford terrace. Many of the windows and ...
01/11/2017

There is an autumn feel to the house with this gorgeous stain glass owl at 18 Stafford terrace. Many of the windows and mirrors of the house have such beautiful stain glass. While Linley Sambourne may not have designed this piece he created many more in the house.

Find out more and plan YOUR visit at : bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

#Costumes! Linley was a big fan of costumes using them to help get his cartoons just right, as the image above demonstra...
27/10/2017

#Costumes! Linley was a big fan of costumes using them to help get his cartoons just right, as the image above demonstrates. It’s the last weekend for 2FOR1 so bring a friend and learn how Linley made his entire his entire household pose for cartoons, including the groom.

PLAN YOUR VISIT: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Have you got your costume sorted for #Halloween? Maybe you will be a scary clown like Mister Punch? Punch was a satirica...
25/10/2017

Have you got your costume sorted for #Halloween? Maybe you will be a scary clown like Mister Punch? Punch was a satirical magazine founded in 1841, which Linley Sambourne worked for from 1968-1910 as the main illustrator. Another illustrator of the magazine was John Tenniel, who illustrated Alice in Wonderland.

It’s 2for1 TODAY from 2 – 5:30pm, So visit to find out more and to be inspired.

Plan your visit. Today guided tours at 11am and open access from 2 to 5:30pm: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Have you ever had brain wave in the Shower? Linley Sambourne almost certainly did as he fitted a special flat-bottomed b...
22/10/2017

Have you ever had brain wave in the Shower? Linley Sambourne almost certainly did as he fitted a special flat-bottomed bath to develop his pictures. Check out our new bathroom display and learn how Linley Sambourne used photographs with his work.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired. 2for1 TODAY from 2pm-5:30pm
PLAN YOUR VISIT: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij

Skeletons and creeps abound in the illustrations on display at 18 Stafford Terrace. Working at Punch from 1868 to his de...
20/10/2017

Skeletons and creeps abound in the illustrations on display at 18 Stafford Terrace. Working at Punch from 1868 to his death in 1910, the house is packed full of Linley’s material. Within the huge body of work on display in the house, grim reapers and things that go bump in the night often appear in his political cartoons.

Come on one of our Twilight Tours and get inspired for #Halloween. Every third Wednesday of the month.

BOOK NOW: http://bit.ly/2gVgcn0

We have a new display in our historic bathroom probably making it the most informative bathroom in London! There is no b...
18/10/2017

We have a new display in our historic bathroom probably making it the most informative bathroom in London! There is no bathroom quite like it as Linley Sambourne installed a special flat-bottomed bath in order to develop pictures himself. Bring a friend and learn more about the man and his pictures with our 2for1 ticket offer this month on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-5:30pm. Only until Sunday 29/10
PLAN YOUR VISIT: bit.ly/1UcO5Ij.

Maud Sambourne was never sent to school unlike her brother Roy. Instead she was educated at home by her mother and a gov...
17/10/2017

Maud Sambourne was never sent to school unlike her brother Roy. Instead she was educated at home by her mother and a governess. In this photo she posed for one of her father’s cartoons. You can just make out the developer’s thumbprint to the side of the photo.
Keep your little ones occupied this HALF-TERM with costumed tours for the family,
Monday 23 October, 11am and 2pm
MORE INFO + TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2ddlcBO

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Hi, when can we book for the Xmas costume tour please?
I have really enjoyed my visit on 18 April 2018 thanks to the very interesting informations given by Ms Maria Galvin. Thanks a lot. The house is marvellous.