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10 Mar 2017 | Katja Skafar
Leighton House Museum voted UK's best museum for a date
Looking to impress your (future) partner by taking him or her somewhere magical? Well, we have a perfect place for you.
Located in the heart of Kensington, Leighton House Museum is an ideal date spot, whether you’re still getting to know each other or if you’re already in a long-term relationship. The former home of the Victorian artist Frederic Lord Leighton has recently been voted as UK’s best museum for a date and it is considered to be one of ‘the most romantic in the country’ according to the Art Fund’s Valentine’s poll.
An inspiring location for a memorable experience
Relationship expert eHarmony and national charity Art Fund celebrated their partnership by asking the public to vote on the best museum for a date. Leighton House Museum was revealed a winner from a shortlist of 10 institutions, including Abbotsford (Scottish Borders), Nottingham Castle (Nottinghamshire) and the Wallace Collection (London), and will be added to eHarmony’s Great Date Guide, which ‘recommends inspiring locations for memorable experiences’.
On winning the poll, Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator of Leighton House Museum, said: ‘We see many couples come to experience the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Leighton’s private palace of art. Whether it’s discovering the house together for the first time or on a romantic date, the house always seems to work its magic; some even use it as a venue for their wedding celebrations. So, we are thrilled and honoured to have been chosen by Art Fund, eHarmony and the public as the UK's most romantic museum.”
HEIGHT OF VICTORIAN OPULENCE IN HOLLAND PARK
Leighton House is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the UK, containing a fascinating collection of Victorian paintings and sculptures by Leighton and his contemporaries (Burne-Jones, Millais and Alma-Tadema). Some 80 of Leighton’s own paintings, as well as his small-scale sculptures and personal ephemera, are on display throughout the house.
The house was converted into a museum after the death of Leighton in the 1900. Opulent interiors are combined with the intimacy of a private home providing an unforgettable setting for corporate and private dinners, receptions, lectures and small weddings.
Guests can evoke the world of the Arabian Nights with a cocktail reception against the stunning backdrop of the Arab Hall, or dine in the studio where Lord Leighton painted his greatest works. Leighton House is also offering exclusive dining at Leighton's own dining room table - a rare opportunity for a truly magical evening. In the summer, there is access to the private garden.
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