The London House Course

1 – 7 October 2019


The 7-day London House course, directed by David Adshead, studies the development of the London house from the Renaissance to the present.  It combines numerous visits to houses, many of them private, with a series of lectures by leading authorities.  Progressing chronologically and exploring all over London, the course takes members inside grand aristocratic buildings, smaller domestic houses, artists’ studios and the garden suburb. 

Beginning in the medieval period the course starts with a visit to the ABBOT’S HOUSE at Westminster (now the Deanery).  The following day is spent at LAMBETH PALACE and the CHARTERHOUSE.  The Restoration period and eighteenth centuries are explored in BLOOMSBURY and SPITALFIELDS, before spending the following day in the aristocratic grandeur of great houses in ST. JAMES’S.  Day five focuses on the artists’ houses and studios of CHELSEA and HOLLAND PARK.  On day six the course studies the GARDEN SUBURB and considers twentieth-century domestic developments.  The course concludes with an in depth study of SIR JOHN SOANE’S house and a look at the London house in the twenty-first century.  Speakers include Neil Burton, Caroline Dakers, Joseph Friedman, Manolo Guerci and Colin Thom.

Enrolment and fees

The cost of the course is £1,400.  This is a non-residential course and the fee includes all lunches, tuition, admissions, travel by coach and receptions on a few evenings.  NB: occasional travel by underground is not included and course members must bring their own travelcard.

When filling out this application form, a professional reference is required unless you have attended an Attingham Trust course in the last five years.

All applications should be received by 19 February 2019.  Candidates will be informed by late March 2019.

On instruction fee payments should then be made in £ sterling either by cheque, made out to ‘The Attingham Trust’ or by bank transfer.

Participants are strongly advised to insure against cancellation as no refunds will be made following payment, unless the place can be filled by another suitable candidate. In such a case, an administrative fee of £100 will be charged.

There is only limited scholarship funding for this course so applicants who are unable to meet the fees are encouraged to approach their institutions for full or partial financial assistance before applying for the course.  Please email Rebecca Parker for further information on this: .

NB The Attingham Trust reserves the right to make changes to the advertised programme.  It should be noted that (a) this course is intensive and physically strenuous and (b) specialist diets, apart from vegetarian, cannot always be catered for.