Kenwood

Temporary Wood Closure

Please note that due to predicted high winds the Kenwood woods will be temporarily closed from 1pm today, 24th October 2020. The estate open areas, main house, shops, restaurant and café remain open to visit. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Wood will re-open on Sunday, 25th October as soon as it is safe to do so.

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 ground floor of the House is open 11am – 3pm with a new one- way route in place to ensure social distancing. Visitors will need to enter via the Orangery at the South Side of the House. The upper floor will remain closed.
  • Pictures of Innocence - During September, visitors to the House can also enjoy our trail exploring ideas about innocence, family and morality in the Georgian age. Find out more.
  • 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.
  • Shop - The garden shop and a temporary shop in The Orangery 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.
  • Bookshop - The second hand bookshop is open with a one-way system in place.
  • Toilets - The Service Wing toilets are open as usual. There will be additional hand sanitising stations at site.
  • 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.
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Guidebook: Kenwood

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 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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