Event: Kenwood Restored
Location: Kenwood House, NW3
Kenwood House is one of London’s best historic houses with one of the capital’s greatest art collections. It reopens after over 18 months of extensive restoration work, repairing the house to its original decorative scheme as well as making the experience more like visiting someone’s home.
Kenwood has superb interiors and sweeping views across London from its position overlooking Hampstead Heath. The original building was Jacobean, but in the late 18th century the house was remodelled by the architect Robert Adam. In 1925 it was bought by brewing magnate Edward Cecil Guinness to house his art and furniture collection, which was left to the nation after his death.
Paintings include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough, notably its Rembrandt self-portrait, Gainsborough’s Countess Howe and Turner’s Iveagh Seapiece.
Hampstead is one of London’s most fashionable districts, with upmarket boutiques, historic pubs and the stunning heath, as well a number of historic houses such as the Romantic poet John Keats’ house and the Modernist home of architect Erno Goldfinger.
Kenwood House is situated near the northern edge of Hampstead Heath off Hampstead Lane, postcode: NW3 7JR. The house is open daily from 10am to 5pm, closed 24 to 26 Dec, 31 Dec and 1 Jan 2014.