Museums in the Royal Borough

The Royal Borough is home to some of the world's most famous museums established following the Great Exhibition of 1851. But did you realise that just off High Street Kensington there are two absolute gems, Leighton House and Linley Sambourne House, which are well worth visiting? They are just a short walk from Kensington High Street underground station (see map).

Leighton House Museum

Leighton's studio at 12 Holland Park Road

The extraordinary studio-house of the eminent Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton.


Map of Leighton House and Linley Sambourne Museum
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Museums in the Royal Borough

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18 Stafford Terrace
 18 Stafford Terrace LONDON W8 7BH
Tel: Monday to Friday: 020 7602 3316
Description: The home of Edward Linley Sambourne, the Punch cartoonist and his family. Now a unique museum offeri..

1st Kensington Scout Group
 Baden-Powell House 65-67 Queen's Gate LONDON SW7 5JS
Tel: 020 7590 6909
Description: Exhibition of Robert Baden-Powell founder of Scout and Guide movements. Also contains a hostel...

British Postal Museum & Archive
 Freeling House Phoenix Place London WC1X 0DL
Tel: 020 7239 2572 (minicom)
020 7239 2570
Description: The BPMA is the leading resource for all aspects of British postal history, preserving and celebrati..

Carlyle's House
 24 Cheyne Row LONDON SW3 5HL
Tel: 020 7352 7087
Description: The Chelsea home of Victorian writer Thomas Carlyle who was known as "The Sage of Chelsea"...

Chelsea Physic Garden
 66 Royal Hospital Road LONDON SW3 4HS
Tel: 020 7349 6458
Description: Chelsea Physic Garden is London's oldest botanical garden that is set behind walls on the bank of th..

Florence Nightingale Museum
 St Thomas' Hospital 2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW
Tel: 020 7620 0374
Description: Museum celebrating the life of Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. Discover the woma..

Friends of Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace
 Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road LONDON W14 8LZ
Tel: 0207 471 9160 (Saturday to Sunday)
020 7602 3316 (Monday to Friday)
Description: The Friends act as ambassadors for the two houses. They organise and promote a programme of events a..

Handel & Hendrix in London
 25 Brook Street Mayfair LONDON W1K 4HB
Tel: 020 7495 1685
Description: Historic site of two residences: Handel's house at 25 Brook Street and Hendrix's flat at the top flo..

Kensington Palace State Apartments
 The Broad Walk Kensington Gardens London W8 4PX
Tel: 020 3166 6327 (Membership)
020 3166 6000
Description: Historic royal palace within Kensington Gardens..

Leighton House Museum
 12 Holland Park Road  LONDON W14 8LZ
Tel: 020 7602 3316
Description: Museum..

Museum and Library of the Order of St John
 St John's Gate St John's Lane London EC1M 4DA
Tel: 020 7324 4005
Description: Museum and library of the Order of St John. Discover the medical, religious and military roles of th..

Museum of Fulham Palace
 Bishops Avenue LONDON SW6 6EA
Tel: 020 7736 3233
Description: Tudor,Georgian and Victorian building with a 13 acre restored walled garden telling the story of Ful..

National Army Museum
 Royal Hospital Road  LONDON SW3 4HT
Tel: 020 7881 6606 (Information line)
020 7730 0717
Description: Discover the impact the British Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see ..

Natural History Museum
 Cromwell Road LONDON SW7 5BD
Tel: 020 7942 5000
Description: Museum of the natural world; there are a huge range of exhibits from animated dinosaurs to an earthq..

Royal Hospital Chelsea
 Royal Hospital Road LONDON SW3 4SR
Tel: 020 7881 5257 (Infirmary)
020 7881 5200 (Switchboard)
Description: The world famous home of the Chelsea Pensioners - also housing a museum, landscaped gardens, post o..

Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum
 Royal Hospital Road LONDON SW3 4SR
Tel: 020 7881 5200
Description: Museum of the famous Royal Hospital, Chelsea and its Chelsea Pensioners...

Science Museum
 Exhibition Road LONDON SW7 2DD
Tel: 0870 870 4868 (bookings and enquiries)
020 7942 4777 (education bookings)
020 7942 4461(group guided tours - non education only)
Description: National museum of man's greatest inventions and achievements..

The British Library Sound Archive
 96 Euston Road LONDON NW1 2DB
Tel: 020 7412 7676
01937 546434 (minicom)
Description: One of the largest sound archives in the world with over 1 million discs of music, oral history, dr..

The Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments
 Prince Consort Road LONDON SW7 2BS
Tel: 020 7591 4300 (switchboard)
Description: Internationally renowned collection of musical instruments..

Victoria and Albert Museum
 Cromwell Road LONDON SW7 2RL
Tel: 020 7942 2000
Description: National Museum of art and design...

William Morris Society
 Kelmscott House 26 Upper Mall Hammersmith LONDON W6 9TA
Tel: 020 8741 3735
Description: Aims to promote interest in the life and work of Willaim Morris through lectures and visits and the ..

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