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18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 7BH
 
 
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House) For a virtually untouched and immaculately preserved slice of Victorian living, visit this delightful building. One of the only genuine Victorian townhouses remaining and virtually unchanged it has become something of an unknown national treasure. Home to the Victorian cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his family from 1874 it remarkably survives with almost all of its furniture and fittings intact.

The house is found nestled amid a string of smart Kensington mansions in Stafford Terrace. When young Sambourne decided to move in there with his new wife they opted to furnish their home in the modish aesthetic and artistic style of the period. Passed through members of the family who decided to care for the house and preserve its traditional garb, it was finally handed over to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea who - with the help of the Victorian Society - now take responsibility for its upkeep.

Stained glass windows, fancy Oriental porcelain, dark patterned wallpaper, rich rugs, grand brass beds and ebonised wardrobes are just some of the Victorian goodies adorning the high-ceilinged rooms of this property. It’s a bit of a jumble – a heady mixture of clutter and styles that really does typify Victorian décor. It’s a deeply evocative place and somewhere unobtrusive, where you really do feel like you are stepping back into the past.

All visits to the house are guided tour only with set tour times on Saturdays and Sundays and at other times by appointment. Weekend tours are led by an actor in period costume who not only shows you the best the house has to offer but also provides a compelling insight into the lives of the Sambourne family.

Although there may be a limited number of tickets available to buy on the day, it is advisable to book in order to avoid disappointment.

Incidentally, it is worth getting in touch with the property regarding their Christmas Twilight Encounter - an evening of Victorian intrigue and drama, during which you will be treated to a wonderful performance in the house whilst tucking into mulled wine and mince pies.

 

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Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £61  36% off
Scarsdale Place, W8 | 5 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
On a quiet residential corner just off High Street Kensington, this high rise hotel benefits from a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars outside its door. ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £65  29% off
202-220 Cromwell Road, SW5 | 7 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
This clean, comfortable modern hotel made up of six Victorian houses is a short walk from Earls Court Tube station from where the Piccadilly line can ... More
 
 
 
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2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 | 8 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London W8 | Same location as 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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224-238 Kensington High Street, Bankside, London W8 | 3 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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Holland Park Avenue / Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 5 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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12 Holland Park Road, Holland Park, London W14 | 6 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House) , 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 3 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House) , 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 3 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House) , 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 | 3 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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The Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Bayswater, London W11 | 11 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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237 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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163 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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222 Kensington High Street, Holland Park, London W8 | 1 minute from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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1a Argyll Road, Kensington, London W8 | 1 minute from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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187 Kensington High Street, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 2 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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23 Kensington Square, Kensington, London W8 | 5 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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165 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, South Kensington, London SW7 | 15 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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155 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 | 19 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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Perks Field, Kensington Palace, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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54 Abingdon Road, Kensington, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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23A Edwards Square, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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37 Marloes Road, Kensington, London W8 | 6 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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106 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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1-1a Kensington High Street, W8 | 8 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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180-184 Earl's Court Road, Earls Court, London SW5 | 10 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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Hornton Street, Kensington, London W8 | 3 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 | 4 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 9 minutes from 18 Stafford Terrace (Linley Sambourne House)
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