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Join The Friends

Enjoy free unlimited access to our historic houses and join a community of like-minded art lovers.

Private View at Leighton House, 2022.

Membership Levels & Benefits

Choose the membership that best suits you and receive a variety of exclusive benefits, while providing the museums with invaluable support:


Friend : Individual - £55 , or Joint * with a named person or guest - £90

  • Unlimited free entry to Leighton House & Sambourne House
  • 10% discount in shops & Leighton House garden café
  • Regular Museums E-Newsletter with the latest updates
  • Invitations to private views of exhibitions at Leighton House
  • Special offers and occasional discounts on public events
  • Invitations to private events , including visits to art galleries and museums in London and beyond

Under 30’s - £30

  • All the benefits of the individual Friends membership. 
  • 25% discount on Public Programme learning workshops and courses

Curator’s Circle* - £200

  • All the benefits of Friends membership plus 2 guests. 
  • Priority booking on all member events, including trips, the Garden Party and the Golden Hours Dinner. 
  • Complimentary copy of each exhibition catalogue

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Gift Membership

*Joint and Curator’s Circle memberships include a voluntary donation to The Friends – see membership form below for further details.

Joining by Post or Email:

If you prefer to subscribe by post or email please complete our Membership Form below and send it for the attention of The Friends Administrator. Please note any  accompanying cheques should be made out to The Friends of Leighton House.

The Friends Administrator

Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 20 7361 3788

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'A Venetian Soiree', Leighton House Garden Party 2023.

About The Friends

The organisation has its origins in the group of supporters formed after Leighton’s death, in 1896, led by local resident and close friend of Leighton himself, Emilie Barrington. They sought to preserve Leighton’s legacy and make it available to the broader public, and this spirit continues today. In 1969 the association was formalised as The Friends of Leighton House and Sir John Betjeman was invited to become its first president.

Today The Friends has become a thriving membership community and has been established as a registered charity, and has extended its reach to support not only Leighton House, but also its sister museum, Sambourne House, the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne. The Friends provide financial support to the museums in five key areas of work: acquiring new artworks, delivering an inspiring education programme, holding ambitious exhibitions, conservation and restoration of the collections, and taking on major capital projects, such as Hidden Gem to National Treasure at Leighton House.

Led by a dedicated board of Trustees , The Friends organise regular events for their members, which have included in the past trips to art galleries and museums in London and beyond, concerts and exhibition previews at the houses themselves and lately, exclusive online talks led by museum experts. The Friends also hold two special annual events at Leighton House, the Golden Hours Dinner in the studio and the spectacular Summer Garden Party.

“Not only have The Friends enabled exhibitions and acquisitions, conservation work and important learning and outreach activity; above all they have brought with them an enthusiasm and affection for the houses and their interiors. This spirit is true to that of the original association formed shortly after Leighton’s death. I also believe that it sets The Friends apart from many other membership groups”
Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator

Members on a private visit to 'Donatello' at the V&A, 2023.