Conceived as a private home for three-times major of London, Sir Richard Martin, Lauderdale House is now a creative community space that hosts an elaborate programme of events, education, courses, exhibitions and performances. Owned since 1889 by the London County Council “for the enjoyment of Londoners," the 29-acre estate has been a public park, a tearoom and part of the park-keepers housing programme throughout the years. After a fire in 1963, the house lay derelict for years, until it re-opened in 1978 as an arts and education centre.
Asides from being a beautiful venue for private hires such as weddings, receptions or large parties, the House has a big heart for the creative arts in North London. At the core of its artistic policy are five concepts: to provide historical awareness, to offer a friendly atmosphere that welcomes diversity, the create opportunities for the inventive, creative, forward thinking and experimental, to encourage groundbreaking approaches and to maintain the House. With this in mind, the House hosts numerous exhibitions each year. From work by the impressionist Ivor Lewis, the paintings of Sirpa Moghissi and Carole Moffat to the photography of Nick Smith: the House welcomes a diverse range of artists. At the same time, it aims to provide a platform for local talent and sets up annual exhibitions in collaboration with the Hampstead School of Art, the Highgate Watercolour Group and the annual Photographic and Pride in the House Competitions. Asides from fine art, the House stages cabaret performances, jazz, classical concerts, poetry and children's shows as well as a range of kid’s events and workshops. Classes in yoga, singing, guitar life drawing and much more are also available.
Last but not least: don’t forget to check out the beautiful park surrounding the House, and stop by their restaurant for a quiet drink while breathing in the outdoors. If you’re up for it: local attractions like Waterlow park and Highgate Cemetery are not far away!