3 star classic hotel
31-33 Holland Road, West Kensington, W14 8HJShow on map
"Traditional townhouse hotel in West London that is ideal for business travellers and tourists" Set in two traditional West London townhouses that have been combined and recently refurbished, the Holland Court... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
59 HOLLAND ROAD LONDON W14 8HL, West Kensington, W14 8HLShow on map
The Holland Inn Hotel is a two-star hotel, very conveniently situated in the Kensington Olympia area of London, close to the Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres. This fully refurbished hotel is housed... Read More »
4 star classic hotel
380 Kensington High Street, West Kensington, W14 8NLShow on map
Built in 1967 and renovated in 2003, the Hilton Olympia is a stylish, reliable accommodation option with a trusted brand name, in the heart of West London. Housed in a modern building in the fascinating... Read More »
9 Russell Road, West Kensington, W14 8JAShow on map
Russell Court Hotel is located in the centre of London, in a very convenient location for business and leisure travellers alike, just 100 metres from Kensington Olympia underground station. Situated in the... Read More »
Pub / Hotel
1 Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W14 8XJShow on map
"A good pub hotel just across the road from Olympia" The Hand and Flower is a traditional London pub from the Victorian era. It is set on Hammersmith Road in West London, which runs from the west end of... Read More »
4 star classic boutique hotel
225 High Street, London, West Kensington, W8 6SAShow on map
The Kensington area of London is one of the best places to stay if you are planning to visit this fascinating and vibrant city. Developed into a chic residential area in 1851 after the Great Exhibition, the... Read More »
Holland Walk, Holland Park, W8 7QUShow on map
Cash-strapped tourists might believe that the very monied Kensington district of London, home to royals and celebrities alike, where properties change hands for millions of pounds may be out of their budget,... Read More »
21 Avonmore Road, Hammersmith, W14 8RPShow on map
Set in a quiet residential street in West Kensington, a 20-minute tube ride from Trafalgar Square, Simply Rooms & Suites, Kensington makes a virtue of the fact that it doesn’t have a bar, restaurant,... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
66 Avonmore Road, Kensington, W14 8RSShow on map
The Avonmore Guest House resides in the affluent and picturesque Kensington district of London. The hotel is situated in the quiet winding streets close to Kensington High Street, the site of exclusive shops,... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
128 Holland Road, West Kensington, W14 8BDShow on map
The Kensington Suite Hotel is a popular three-star hotel in central London. The hotel offers over 40 guest rooms with private en-suite facilities. The Hotel is located on the Holland Road in Kensington... Read More »
Search for cheap hotels near Leighton House Museum
The Kensington district has a weighty artistic and literary legacy, and many of London's Victorian bohemians owned grand houses in the area. The grandest of these, which belonged to the much-ennobled Lord Leighton has been restored and dedicated to his memory by turning it in to a very intriguing museum, containing many of the original treasures Leighton used to decorate.
The house was a labour of love, expanded and embellished over a period of 30 years, built to designs by architect George Aitchison, the house was only finished when Leighton died in 1896. It is a temple dedicated to various forms of art, encompassing sculptures, paintings and ceramics, with a central Arab Hall, decorated with Leighton's collection of over 1,000 Islamic tiles, brought back from Leighton's travels in Damascus, Syria. Such elaborate, masterful designs show Leighton's dedication to design and the hall is so impressive it has been used as a location in film and TV shows such as Nicholas Nickleby.
Although initially from Scarborough, Leighton was trained in Florence and Paris, where he painted masterpieces such as the procession of the Cimabue Madonna through the Borgo Allegri and where he socialised with some of the greatest artists of the time, including Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet. These painters were to have a huge influence on Leighton who emulated the Grecian romantic style favoured by his contemporaries. On returning to England in 1860, Leighton became associated with the Pre-Raphaelite painters, many of whom lived in the Kensington area, including John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He also associated with London's literary set and was requested to design Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb by Robert Browning. Although his artistic legacy lives on in some of his most famous works, such as the stunning painting 'Flaming June' and 'The Garden of the Hesperides', Leighton is also remembered for holding the world's shortest peerage, dying only a day after he was awarded it.
Leighton House was turned into a museum in 1900 and it remains a fascinating insight into the world of a famed Victorian artist, with riotous colour and baroque detailing. As well as the famed Arab Hall and Leighton's studio, you can see a collection of his art, sketchbooks and personal effects, as well as sketches and paintings from other notable artists of the period. Various tours are offered, including private and costumed tours, although we recommend downloading the iPod tour as a calmer, cheaper option (even self-guided visitors must pay an entry fee). The Museum is well placed for transport, just a ten-minute walk from High Street Kensington tube station. The station services the District and Circle lines, from which you have a direct link to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); and many other areas of central London.
If you wish to stay in the very pleasant surrounding area, with the many attractions, restaurants, shops and bars Kensington has to offer, there are several reasonable accommodation options nearby to suit any budget. The Hand & Flower Pub, just a few minutes walk away offers cheap, comfortable rooms in a friendly, welcoming gastro pub setting. The Russell Court Hotel is a low-cost, tourist-class hotel with amenities such as a concierge, fitness centre and swimming pool so you can enjoy a relaxing dip. Further into the lively, Kensington High Street area, about 10 minutes from the museum, is the Kensington Close Hotel, which offers tasteful contemporary style. Or if you want to spend your budget on Kensington's night life and shops rather than splashing out on a five-star room, the two-star Holland Inn Hotel offers very cheap rooms in a more traditional style, so you will feel at home in the area.