Kenwood

Many of our historic sites are now open and we're delighted to be welcoming you back. We hope to reopen almost all of them in August, with a few exceptions. The grounds of Kenwood Estate are now open for free and the Stewards Room is serving hot and cold drinks and snacks to take away. The garden shop is open for you to browse and purchase a range of chutneys, wine, accessories plants and garden items. There will be a one-way system in place and we encourage contactless payments where possible. From early August we hope to open the main café. Unfortunately, we are currently uncertain when we can open the house to visitors.

Family admiring artwork at Kenwood House
The magnificent Great Library at Kenwood House, designed by Robert Adam
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Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, Greater London, NW3 7JR

Welcome to Kenwood

The grounds of Kenwood Estate are now open for free. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Grounds - The grounds are open as usual for you to enjoy while social distancing.
  • House - The house will remain closed.
  • Cafe - The Steward's Room Cafe will be open from 8am Mon- Sun for takeaway light refreshments including sandwiches, soup, hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice-creams. The Brew House cafe will be open 9am-5pm Mon - Sun for takeaway light refreshments also. The terrace has re-opened with seating available for visitors. Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.  Find out more here.
  • Shop - The garden shop is open for you to browse and purchase a range of chutneys, wine, accessories plants and garden items. There will be a one-way system in place and we encourage contactless payments where possible.
  • Toilets - Toilets are open as usual.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Kenwood's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Access - please note our mobility vehice is currently unavailable.

What's On

Guidebook: Kenwood

Price: £5.50

 Kenwood House Timeline

1616-90Brick House

The first house on the site is probably a brick structure built by John Bill, King James I's printer.

Find out more about the history of Kenwood

1690-1705Enlargement and Transformation

Brook Bridges buys the house. His son transforms it into a two-storey red-brick building with large sash windows.

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