❤️ DSH CAMPAIGN - 01 April 2020

As you may already be aware, for the safety of all our staff and visitors, the doors of Dennis Severs’ House will be closed for the foreseeable future. But fear not, a small team of us are squirrelled away determined to keep sharing the stories behind some of our favourite objects, material from our archive and badgering our curator for even more secrets about 18 Folgate Street.

None of us want to feel isolated at this difficult time - a house that is normally alive with (quiet!) bustle is doing its utmost to stay in constant virtual contact with all of its friends, neighbours and followers however far and wide.

In this challenging time we have had to adapt quickly so we are setting up our first online gift voucher campaign - one small way in which we are appealing for your help.

The online gift vouchers will be available for each of our various events from just £10 for a ‘Daytime Visit’ a peaceful saunter through the house in the light of the day with the hubbub of Spitalfields Market as your backdrop to £60 for an ’Exclusive Silent Night Visit’ a magical wander through the house’s ten rooms after which you are able to sit by a roaring fire of your choice, champagne in hand and an opportunity to ask the curatorial team any questions you may have in an informal atmosphere. Our gift vouchers will be undated so can be redeemed at any time. To visit our shop, please click here

This is just an initial spark from a dedicated team who are set on helping Dennis Severs’ House through this period of closure.

The honourable Madge Whitechapel our resident cat will be fed, watered and well looked after, and is looking forward to greeting her many visitors when the house opens once again hopefully in the not too distant future.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well and keep in touch and thank you for your continuing support.

From all at Dennis Severs’ House x 

‘What will you see, then, when the door is opened? It is a gate, a pathway into another time. An adventure of the imagination.’

Dennis Severs 1948 – 1999

COVID-19 UPDATE - 18 March 2020

In response to growing concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and to protect the safety of our staff and visitors, Dennis Severs’ House will be closed from the 18th of March, until further notice. Our staff will continue to work remotely, and will be taking bookings as soon as possible. Please feel free to join the mailing list here to be kept up to date.

The French Connection: Life in 18th Century Spitalfields - 09 March 2020

Dennis Severs’ House and The Huguenots of Spitalfields are delighted to announce their first major collaboration ‘The French Connection: life in 18th Century Spitalfields’ for May 2020.

'The French Connection' is a rare opportunity to join an expertly guided walk weaving through historic Spitalfields revisiting the incredible story of the first refugees; the Huguenots. Having fled persecution in 18th Century France, discover why the Huguenots chose to settle in the area, quickly making Spitalfields their home and how they left such a lasting legacy.

The walk will highlight many of the surviving gems of 18th Century Spitalfields, culminating in an exclusive candlelit tour through Dennis Severs’ House with an introduction by curator David Milne.

⎜Dates & Times⎜

7th May - 20th June 2020 
(excluding the 28th of May the 6th of June). 

Thursdays & Saturdays at 11am and 2pm 
Running time approximately 2 hours

For tickets please click here


This Valentine's day enter 18 Folgate Street for a romantic candle light exploration into another time. Soak up the atmosphere, smells and sights with your loved one ♡

Book online here

🎄The Christmas Installation returns to Dennis Severs' House 🎄 - 21 October 2019

The annual Christmas installation at Dennis Severs’ House returns, with an enthralling first time collaboration with Emily Garland from ‘Maid of Gingerbread’. Come and delight in her original and intricate replica of the house, made entirely from Emily’s secret gingerbread recipe. 

'What will you see, then, when the door is opened? It is a gate, a pathway into another time. An adventure of the imagination’ 

Join the festivities at 18 Folgate Street this Christmas, absorb the sights, sounds and scents on a candlelit journey at our unique 18th Century house from 24th of November - 6th of January. 

 Ticket prices from £10 per person. For a full list of available dates and ticket prices, please click here.


Lonely Planet's Top 500 UK experiences - 21 August 2019

We're incredibly honoured to be included in the new Lonely Planet guide!

'Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist' which ranks the #UKtop500 unmissable experiences and hidden gems across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for the first time in the ultimate UK travel hitlist.

Many thanks Lonely Planet! ❤︎

The Spitalfields Journey Giveaway - 07 August 2019

We're so excited about The Spitalfields Journey we want to celebrate by giving away a pair of tickets to our Facebook and Instagram friends! 

In collaboration with Bevis Marks Synagogue we're giving you the chance to join us and travel back in time into Spitalfields' past with a joint visit to Dennis Severs House and Bevis Marks Synagogue. 

Join the competition on either Facebook or Instagram or both!
Just click in one of the buttons below and join in!

On the 19th of August we will announce the lucky winners!

Good luck! 😉

Curator Led Tours - 29 April 2019

Join us on our new 'Curator Led Tours' led by the house’s Curator David Milne. Each tour will last one hour and explore the house’s ten rooms by candlelight. Delve into the history of the house spanning from 1724 - 1914, discover rare insights into Dennis Severs’ life; and reflect on the changing landscape of Spitalfields and the City of London.
Selected Saturdays⎜£50 per person
For tickets please click here

The Spitalfields Journey is back! - 08 April 2019

We're very excited to finally share with you that this years The Spitalfields Journey collaboration will be with Bevis Marks Synagogue, Britain’s oldest Synagogue in continuous use.

This will be our third edition and will highlight the history of the Huguenots in East London, unveiling rare artefacts made by the Huguenots silk weavers.

Commencing your journey with a visit to Britain’s oldest Synagogue in continuous use. The Grade One listed Bevis Marks houses a significant collection of ritual silver and textiles offering a rare insight into the ever changing fashions and craftsmanship of Spitalfields.

This highly valuable collection includes pieces by Huguenot silversmiths and dresses made of Huguenot silk which were re-made into mantels. A rare chance to witness a truly historic and cultural archive within such a captivating building.

From here you will be led to Dennis Severs' House during which there will be time to talk about the area of Spitalfields and its indelible impact on the silk trade. An imagined family of Huguenot silk weavers are in residence at 18 Folgate Street seemingly always just out of sight. Enjoy a silent wander by candlelight around the 10 historic rooms spanning from 1724 - 1914.

As you progress floor by floor, room by room from the remnants of an evening well spent in the smoking room to the opulent collection of chinoiserie housed in the master bedroom to the dusty damp forgotten lodgings on the top floor you witness how the passage of time affects the silk trade from its early pomp to near collapse.

⎜Dates & Times⎜

1st of August - 5th of September 2019

Tuesday & Thursday at 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

For tickets please click here

🎁 The Dennis Severs' Christmas Advent Calendar 🎁 - 01 December 2018

The Dennis Severs' Christmas Advent Calendar has arrived - a little secret insight into 18 Folgate Street will be unlocked each day until Christmas! 🎁


🎄 The Christmas Installation has arrived! 🎄 - 26 November 2018

This Christmas belongs to Miss Sophie Jervis, now Lady Tufton. Battling through the great snow storm of 1836, desperate to reach her old family home. She arrives at 18 Folgate Street without warning taking her nephew by complete surprise. She is determined to celebrate Christmas in ‘the old fashioned way’. This sentiment is what has carried her home. Nostalgia. Family. This is not about present giving but about using what one has. They set about digging out all the old family silver, festooning the hallway with garlands of winter greens and making red silk bows from strips of one of her mother’s old dresses. The kitchen fire roars. All of Sophie’s festive favourites will be made jellies, cakes, gingerbread men and more.

Booking online here

Halloween is coming... 🎃 - 01 October 2018

In collaboration with Grange Hotels, we're giving you the chance to experience an immersive, candlelit tour for two at Dennis Severs' House, plus, an overnight stay for two at Grange Tower Bridge Hotel from Sunday 21st October - 22nd October 🕯️

To enter please visit Grange Hotels’ Facebook Page:

Open House London - 29 August 2018

Visit 18 Folgate Street during Open House London
Celebrate the best of architecture and design with Open House London, the world’s largest architecture festival. Open House will take place from the 22nd to the 23rd of September, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours. 

The house will be open on Saturday the 22nd of September from 12 noon, with the last admission at 3:15pm

No booking required

Free admission

Visit Open House here

❤️ We won! ❤️ - 02 May 2018

Fantastic news! We have won the Time Out London #LoveAward as best Culture Spot in Shoreditch & Hoxton! Many thanks to everyone for your love and support! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Visit Love London Awards for the results here

❤️ Time Out Love Awards ❤️ - 12 March 2018

Show us your love and vote for us in the Time Out London Love London Awards!

Just follow these very simple steps:

1. Go to
2. Choose 'CULTURE SPOT' category
3. Type in 'Dennis Severs' House' and cast your vote.
4. Help spread the word (and the love!) by sharing!


Your ❤️ and support is much appreciated!


Huguenot Festival this October - 05 March 2018

In celebration of this year's Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival, join the curator David Milne on a tour of Dennis Severs’ House, focusing on the women of 18 Folgate Street. The visit will feature a selection of previously unseen items from the collection. 

Book online here


Time Out | 101 things to do in London - 10 January 2018

Time Out London has included Dennis Severs' House in '101 things to do in London'!
"Do the time warp at 18 Folgate Street, one of the most immersive, quirkiest experience. There’s no place like it, one the best-hidden gems in London." 
Click here for the full article.

Dennis Severs' House brings Christmas to the Town Hall Hotel - 11 November 2017

We're very excited to announce our collaboration with Town Hall Hotel.

This year, we are also bringing Christmas to the Town Hall Hotel where scents and seasonal sounds evocative of the age will capture your imagination, stimulate your senses and guide you through the building.

For more information please click here  

The Annual Christmas Installation returns - 23 October 2017

The Christmas Spirit returns to Dennis Severs’ House with the Annual Christmas Installation from the 19th of November 2017 to the 4th of January 2018. Cross the threshold of 18 Folgate Street and travel back in time into the 18th Century. Wander the house’s chambers lit by fire and candlelight and adorned in Christmas decoration.

This season enter Dennis Severs’ House to step into its inhabitants’ Christmas celebration. Become a guest of the Gervais, a family of Huguenot silk weavers that though sometimes can be heard, seem to be just out of sight…

Book online here

Campaign to save Norton Folgate - 25 March 2015


In 1977 the newly formed Spitalfields Trust including Dan Cruickshank and with the support of Sir John Betjeman and Tower Hamlets Council stopped British Land from redeveloping Elder St. 

Now British Land has come back to bury Norton Folgate under a hideous corporate plaza.

With faint regard for the distinctive character and history of the ancient Liberty of Norton Folgate, British Land proposes the destruction of over 70 percent of the buildings on their site within the Elder St Conservation Area - and their replacement with a generic over–blown corporate development of large office blocks up to13 storeys high, and far exceeding the historic neighbourhood’s prevailing 3-4 storeys. 

The British Land proposal does not make an adequate enough contribution to the pool of jobs and housing for local people.  It is aimed at large corporations whilst offering little to the tech industries and smaller businesses so successful in this part of the East End.

Frustrated by a consultation process that appears to have had little meaning and has produced no significant change,the Spitalfields Trust is now OPPOSING British Land, in a fight to save the buildings and life of this historic neighbourhood and Conservation Area.

An exhibition illustrating the threat to the neighbourhood and an alternative approach to the reuse of the site: repairing its historic fabric rather than destroying it as proposed by British Land was held at Dennis Severs House in February and March of this year. A brochure illustrating the exhibition is currently available. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

For a simple guide on how to object to British Land's application, please click here

Photograph by Roelof Bakker