"Dennis Severs' House" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by Dabs
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Dennis Severs was an eccentric Canadian or American, depending on which source you believe, who bought a house in London and restored it so that it looks like you had just interrupted a family of Huguenot silk weavers in each of the rooms in the house, as if they had just left the room. It's not a museum exactly although the furnishings belong to a specific period, nor is it a performance as there are no actors, it's more like stepping into a painting, a stage set for the visitor to imagine what had taken place in the room just before they had walked into the room.
I could tell that some of the other visitors didn't really understand the concept, they were walking around each room quickly and then onto the next, not pausing to hear the sounds or smell the scents or draw themselves into the scene. If you don't have an active imagination, you'll probably leave the house scratching your head and wondering why you just parted with L12.
Not suitable for children, the staff encourages everyone to be silent as they make their way through the house. I went on a Monday evening for "Silent Night" when everything is lit by candlelight, reservations are required and can be done via email, the time varies by the season. Also open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday and the Monday following during the day, check the website for more details.
Make sure you write down the address, 18 Folgate Street, the house is not marked from the outside. The closest tube is Liverpool Street.
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