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15th JUNE – 6th JULY



    SIMON’S STORY is a play exploring the life of Simon Pettet who met Dennis Severs outside Heaven as an 18-year-old art student in 1983 and moved in with him shortly after.

    Devised by The Gentle Author from interviews with Patrick Handscombe, this is an intimate chamber performance in the rooms where Dennis and Simon lived and worked.

Dennis Severs’ Tour


Reimagined by the gentle author

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday evenings

    Drawing upon newly-discovered recordings and unpublished writings by Dennis Severs, The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life has reinvented the famously evocative tours that Dennis gave when he first opened his house in 1980.

    Limited to a small number of guests, this immersive performance hosted by an actor offers an unforgettable experience.



From 12 noon until 4pm on the first Thursday of the month

    Every month at these times we invite residents of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and everyone under 30 to visit for £8. This is a relaxed viewing which offers the opportunity to visit the house when discreet talking is permitted as you explore all five floors of our atmospheric interiors. Please bring proof of your address or date of birth.

Silent Visit


Saturday & Sunday afternoons

Concessions available

12pm – 4pm (Last admission 3:15pm)

    An unguided tour through the House without speaking explored at your own pace. 18 Folgate Street is famous for the quality of its silence enlivened by ticking clocks, and crackling fires. When there is no chatter, you grow more aware of fragrances – perfume, wood smoke and oranges. Compounded by the intricate visual detail, this is an intense experience for all the senses. Walk up tickets are available subject to availability. This tour takes place during daylight hours.



Friday afternoons 12pm – 4pm (Last admission 3:15pm)

    This is a more informal visit than our Silent Tours and Visits, with talking allowed yet still offering a relaxed opportunity to weave your way through the house and revel in its lavish decoration.

Silent Night


Friday evenings

5pm – 9pm (Last admission 8:15pm)

    A silent visit where shadows of the past are illuminated by the rich warm splendour of candlelight. This tour takes place during twilight and evening hours.



    We offer private tours for up to ten guests hosted by one of our creative team. This is a rare opportunity to learn the inside story of the house, discover more of the wonder of Dennis Severs’ unique creation, and hear about the work we do to keep his vision alive today.

    Please inquire for bookings.