The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
Hampstead Grove, NW3 6SP
Partial disabled access, Toilets
Beautiful town house retaining many original features and housing important decorative arts collections. Surrounded by a walled garden.
History of the Building
This charming 17th-century merchant's house has remained with very few alterations during more than 300 years of continuous occupation.
The large garden is also remarkably unchanged since it was described in 1756 as “pleasant ... well planted with fruit-trees, and a kitchen garden, all inclos’d with a substantial brick wall”.
Lady Katherine Binning bought the house in 1936 and filled it with her highly decorative collections of porcelain, Georgian furniture and 17th-century needlework.
The sound of early keyboard instruments and the colours of early 20th-century drawings and paintings add to a captivating experience.
The walled garden has both formal and informal elements. Admire the vista of the formal lawn and terrace, with neatly trimmed topiary, before exploring the sunken rose garden and cross borders. Pass through the yew hedges and you'll arrive in the kitchen garden and historic orchard, which contains 32 different heritage varieties of apples and pears.
Early Keyboard Instruments
Listen to international musicians play classical works on the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboards throughout the week, and join us on Wednesdays from 2.30pm, for a musical tour of the house, with demonstrations from talented music volunteers.
Come and peruse Lady Binning and Peter Barkworth’s collections, featuring pieces by a group of English Post-Impressionist painters called the Camden Town Group.
Explore the biblical scenes and imagery featured in a beautiful collection of intricate 17th-century needlework.
The Ceramics Collection
Explore our ceramics collection, full of vibrant colour and a range of styles, including Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period, 18th century Meissen figures and Staffordshire ware.
Gaze across London from the Balcony
The panoramic view from our balcony offers one of the highest points in London from which to view the city on fine days; akin to Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath.