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Dennis Severs' House

  • 18 Folgate St. Map It
  • Spitalfields
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

The remarkable interiors of this extraordinary time machine of a house are the creation of Dennis Severs (1948–99), a performer-designer-scholar from Escondido, California, who dedicated his life to restoring this Georgian terraced house. More than that, he created "still-life dramas" using sight, sound, and smell to evoke the world of a fictitious family of Huguenot silk weavers, the Jervises, who might have inhabited the house between 1728 and 1914. Each of the 10 rooms has a distinctive, compelling atmosphere that encourages visitors to become lost in another time, deploying evocative design details like rose-laden Victorian wallpaper, Jacobean paneling, Georgian wing chairs, Baroque carved ornaments, rich "Catholic" wall colors downstairs, and more sedate "Protestant" shades upstairs. The "Silent Night" candlelight tour offered each Monday and Wednesday evening, a silent stroll concluding with Champagne by the fire, is the most theatrical and memorable way to experience the house. Private individual Silent Night tours are available one night per month, and private group visits can also be arranged.

Sight Information

Address:

18 Folgate St., London, E1 6BX, England

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Phone:

020-7247–4013

Sight Details:

  • £10 Sun. and Mon., £15 Mon. and Wed. evenings
  • Sun. noon–4 (last admission 3:15), Mon. noon–2 (last admission 1:15), Mon. and Wed. 6–9 (last admission 8; reservations essential)

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