The historical relevance of London is talked about by people all of the world, with millions of tourists travelling to the city every day in hopes of experiencing its rich culture. Every street and back alley has a story to tell and every building is full of life. Just around the corner from the Park Grand Kensington Hotel is one of the most beloved historical buildings, 18 Stafford Terrace. The house-turned- museum is built right into the fabric of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, giving visitors the opportunity to unlock part of London’s history.
The building is famous for being home to illustrator Edward Linley Sambourne, who was best known for his work on Punch Magazine. The London-based weekly publication was extremely influential in the 1840s and 1850s thanks to its comedic approach to news reporting. The magazine and its contributors were partly responsible for coining the phrase ‘cartoon’. Sambourne played a big role in the success of the magazine and devised much of his work from Stafford Terrace, where he lived from 1875 until his death in 1910. After the subsequent death of Mrs Sambourne, the house was passed down to their son Roy. By 1957 the building ended up in the hands of Anne, Countess of Rosse, who founded the Victorian Society. The House was kept as close to its original state as possible and has become one of London’s must-see historical sites.
18 Stafford Terrace, once known as Linley Sambourne House, is now a museum which offers a unique look into the past lives of the Sambourne family. More than that it offers visitors a view of London life during the 1800s. The traditional furniture and décor makes the house a time capsule full of history and culture. As you walk into the house it’s as if you’ve travelled back in time to an average work day. The furniture is left untouched as though the residents are due back any minute.
Among the collection of fine furniture and classical art are some of Edward Linley Sambourne’s works. The collection of rare material will give you an insight into the satirical artwork that made the illustrator so popular during his time at Punch Magazine. Also on show is one of the largest collections of photographs and press cuttings from the era, which were all taken by Sambourne to assist with his cartooning. Visitors to the house are invited to browse the large collection of antique clothing to see what 19th century fashion was like.
If you really want to get a feel for the history of the city then you must visit this beautiful building. Located just a short walk away from our 4 star hotel in Kensington London, 18 Stafford Terrace is the perfect place to take a trip back in time and appreciate the talent of one of the country’s greatest illustrators.