Things To Do: Dennis Severs’ House
Step back in time and into a real life painting of 18th Century London.
Walking down cobbled Folgate Street you’ll notice number 18. A handsome facade with pillar box red shutters and a flickering lantern marking the entrance to the house of artist Dennis Severs (1948 – 1999). The building is exactly the same as when it housed its original occupants in the 18th Century. Severs created this authentic and pure setting as an art project, allowing visitors the opportunity to step into a painting of the past.
David Hockney once rated its effect as standing amongst those of the world’s greatest opera experiences
Guests are encouraged to explore in silence to not to disturb the family of Huguenot silk weavers. Each room is lit by fire and candlelight, the smell of food and faint background sounds build upon viewer’s imagination. This experience has been running for over 35 years and is one of the rarest in the world, “David Hockney once rated its effect as standing amongst those of the world’s greatest opera experiences.” More than a museum, Dennis Severs house is an unparalleled exhibition experience, “a still life drama” explained Servers, “a rare moment in which to become lost in another time.”