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“Charming but not overwhelming”

Dennis Severs' House
Ranked #301 of 1 848 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dennis Severs' House offers a glimpse into 18th-century (Georgian-era) life in England.
Reviewed 30 April 2018

No booking needed on a Monday at lunch time. You'll have to wait outside the door - there is no space inside to accommodate waiting guests, which is understandable, but not very comfortable on a wet and windy day like today!

I enjoyed the house and artefacts, but for me it was too staged to be realistic. A cartoon-like note on a painting telling 'sshhht!' didn't add to the illusion of a real family home from the past.

Only when I got up the attic and the shutters rattled in the wind, could I imagine how it was to live in a place like that ages ago. The dark rooms, only lit by candles gave you a feeling of that too.

A view out the window on a steel and glass office building, with bright coloured plastic chairs on a roof terrace, reminded you of the present.
The site tells you a tour lasts about 45 minutes, but in reality this is twenty minutes at the most.

1  Thank Henry d
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Saw this advertised recently and decided to pay a visit - make sure you check website for opening times as very limited which you will understand why when you visit - a great experience and one of the best we have visited - pure atmosphere and you feel like you have gone back in time and entered someone’s house whilst they are out - wish other historic sites would visit to learn from this experience

Thank Andy R
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Walking through the staged and atmospheric rooms was like a cross between a period drama and a conceptual art installation. Whiffs of coal smoke, sounds from the past and the rumble of the Central Line beneath our feet added to the ambience. The candlelight and ‘no talking’ rule awakened both our senses and also our sense of imagination. We totally ‘got it’.

Thank w0bblylegs
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Denis Severs created this “memories of a house” art installation to give the feel of walking into the past and it’s not a museum, but an immersive and evocative place that is unique. Reminiscent of “pioneer village” and living history displays, you are asked to be quiet so the atmosphere and sounds can seep in. It’s dependent on being willing to suspend your disbelief: if you’ve got the imagination and open-mindedness to try it, and don’t mind dingy stairwells and candlelight, you will love it. Kids need to be happy to stay quiet when in it, and not mind the dark or the “spooky” feel. Grownups need to be physically agile enough to cope with 4 flights of dark, uneven stairs. And it’s only open certain times so check in advance!

1  Thank Hippychick793
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Very well preserved house/museum takes you back into 18th century. Loads of small detail and quite few rooms to visit with variety of displays, you would have to visit the place to understand the true feel of it.

1  Thank Dainius M
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