Tomorrow kicks-off the start of London Festival of Architecture, which is Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival. It runs for the whole of June, so I thought I would celebrate the fabulous occasion with one of my favourite buildings, Leighton House.
The former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, Leighton House is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public. It started life as a modest home, until Fredric became more successful and turned the space into a lavish studio, full-to-the-brim with intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. If only all creative people had beautiful homes like this this nowadays!
Hidden down a quiet side street in Holland Park, Leighton House was once known as “the Private Palace of Art”. He commissioned his friend, architect George Aitcheson to build the house where every inch was decorated in high-style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his European travels.
The house is still an architectural treasure trove and is a great place to find some early London bling!