Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London

Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London

I am pretty sure I have raved about this place before.  But just in case you didn't read about it the first time, I am mentioning it again. I recently visited the house of Dennis Severs house in Folgate Street, London when there was an exhibition of Simon Pettet's (Dennis' partner) ceramics.  If you do not know about this house basically Dennis Severs bought a derelict house in 1979.  He reconfigured the house to tell the story of an imaginary Huguenot family who had lived there since it was built in 1724.  Since 1980 the house has been open to tours and it is an incredible space which walks you through the stories about life in the 18th and 19th century.  I have attached some photos for you to see the beauty for yourselves.  I highly recommend a visit.  The rooms were slightly different when I visited as it was the exhibition.  In one room they had 'The Smiths' playing, one of Dennis Severs favourite bands, I found that very emotive knowing they both died young.  I moved to Shoreditch high street in 2000, and had no idea that just a stone's throw away was this incredible space.  Shoreditch was a very different place back then than it is now, there was nothing trendy about it but I loved it all the same. 





When I posted about the house a lovely friend recommended another two to visit.  I would love hear about any trips you make to any of these houses.  

Leighton House Museum

Stamford House