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Dennis Severs' House

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Address: 18 Folgate Street | Liverpool Street Tube, London E1 6BX, England
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon 18:00 - 21:00
Wed 18:00 - 21:00
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Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life...

Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.

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If you're interested in history then this is for you - not to be missed

This is a completely unique experience and unlike anything I have come across before. I love the fact London has gems like this just waiting to be discovered. The creator was a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a completely unique experience and unlike anything I have come across before. I love the fact London has gems like this just waiting to be discovered. The creator was a genius with an eye for detail I can't get my head around. Walking around taking in the smells and sounds by candlelight in silence is eerie and evocative... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit has stayed with me for days and made me very grateful to be living in the 21st century. You enter the house, are asked not to speak, and move from room to room in silence, looking at objects and taking in as much as you can from the clutter of other lives. Each room is set up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't sure what to expect here but my friend had booked tickets for 6pm entry. We were met at the door, invited in and advised to view round the house in silence. Lit only by candlelight, it is like stepping back in time. From the cellar kitchen to the attic rooms the house is set out as it would have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly unique experience which I incorporated as part of my birthday celebrations with a party of friends. Everyone takes something different from this house, so amazingly atmospheric, thought provoking and unusual. I must visit again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What could be more romantic than a candle light exploration into another time and place with your significant other. Soak up the atmosphere, smells and sights. Don't tell your partner where they are going....go on a mystery date. It is beautifully crafted. I'm so grateful it still survives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I loved the Dennis Severs' House. Unique and unlike anything else we have experienced. Atmospheric and very evocative. It is said that when visiting this house, you either understand what it is all about or you don't get the concept at all. It is not just a collection of rooms furnished as they would have been in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The concept of this house can be a little hard to grasp, but it is essentially an evocative series of set piece rooms dressed to appear as if they were still in use by the house's (imaginary) occupants through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It is the product of a late 20th century Californian's imagination, not a preserved interior... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I love visiting house museums and enjoy immersive types of theater (think Sleep No More). We had high expectations for Dennis Severs' House but were disappointed by the experience. Where to start? The notes asking if we were "getting it" felt condescending, but also silly as there was virtually no information given regarding the family that was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not allowed to talk in the museum. Just walk around and get the atmosphere from a hugenot family life. A special and interesting experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house is open only at certain times so you need to check the website before you go. It is a magical place where time stands still. Once inside you are not allowed to speak or take photographs - you are able to enjoy silence for the duration of your visit. As intended by Mr Severs, it is "still-life drama".

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