Keats House

Keats House
10 Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR
  • Telephone 020 7332 3868
  • Opening times Wed–Sun 11am–5pm
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  • Website www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/…
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Visit the one-time home of Romantic poet John Keats. See exhibits of his original manuscripts and artefacts which tell the story of his life and work, as well as his relationship with the property itself.

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Afternoon Poems: Joyful And Triumphant

Get in the mood for Christmas with our annual festive selection of poetry and prose read by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. Free, booking recommended

Sun 10 Dec

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Afternoon Poems: Keats In 1818

1818 was a significant year for Keats. His poem Endymion was published, he lost his beloved brother Tom to consumption, and he moved into Wentworth Place, now known as Keats House. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors to hear some of his poems and letters from this year.

Sun 8 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Afternoon Poems: Love

In the run up to Valentine's Day we invite you to experience the poetry of love, performed by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. The reading will include poems by Keats, Byron and others.

Sun 11 Feb 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 15:00

David Bowie As Descendant Of Lord Byron

Dr Emily Bernhard Jackson explores the links between Lord Byron and David Bowie. Her talk considers the way both men challenge their eras' beliefs about what makes masculinity, suggesting that they do this as part of an interrogation of the concept of identity itself. Booking recommended

Wed 28 Feb 2018

£6 / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Earth And Air: Three Romantic Poets

Join City Lit tutor Nicholas Field for a special literature workshop. The most human of the elements, earth and air, will lead us into some of the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and their meditations on the relationships between the individual, nature and society. To book contact City Lit on 020 7831 7831

Sat 3 Mar 2018

£39 / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Family Day: Autumn Garden Art

Create leaf rubbing to celebrate the beautiful natural shapes and shades found in the Keats House garden this autumn. Help gather foliage, ferns and beautiful beech leaves - then use them to create autumn art to brighten up those grey November days. Free, drop in

Sun 19 Nov

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Family Day: Christmas Printmaking

Join artist Orly Orbach for a hands-on printmaking workshop. Create your own Christmas cards and wrapping paper for the festive season. We'll use lino cuts and plasticine to personalise your Christmas stationery, adding a special handmade touch to your gifts this year. Free, drop in

Sun 17 Dec

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Family Day: Sound Poems

Explore your imagination with musician Luke Crookes and create a group sound poem inspired by the life of John Keats. Drop in

Sun 18 Feb 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Family Day: Wondrous Words

Have fun experimenting with words with storyteller Emily Hannah. We'll use words from Keats's poetry to spark creativity, encourage word-play and produce little poems to be proud of. Suitable for over 5s. Family Day happens on the third Sunday of every month.

Sun 15 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Fled Is That Music: A Modern Musical Adaptation Of Keats

Join us on Easter Sunday for a laid-back performance of contemporary musical interpretations of Keats's poetry. Singer and guitarist Rob McGlade of Fathers Of Western Thought will share his adaptations of 17 sonnets from 1817 - plus some surprise poems - in this unique acoustic concert.

Sun 1 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:30 – 15:45

Guided Tour: The Architectural History Of Keats House

Explore the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear stories of its residents, John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown, and discover how it was transformed into the building we know today. £6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Sat 25 Nov

£6.50 / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:30 – 12:15

Guided Walk

Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Sat 24 Mar 2018

£12 / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 13:30

I am not what I asked for: Jorie Graham at Keats House with Sarah Howe

The Poetry Society is delighted to host a special event in collaboration with Carcanet Press with Pulitzer-Prize winning American poet Jorie Graham. Jorie will read from her work (including her latest collection Fast), discuss her work in conversation with T.S.Eliot prize-winning poet Sarah Howe, and sign books afterwards.

Fri 24 Nov

£9–£12 / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00

Jo Shapcott

Former Keats House poet in residence Jo Shapcott performs her Dr Keats poems - inspired by Keats's time as a medical student at Guy's Hospital - alongside works from her award-winning collections. Shapcott's poetry draws on popular culture and the sciences, exploring the balances of sexual, political, human and animal…

Tue 21 Nov

£6 / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Keats And Festivity

An evening exploring festive celebrations during the Romantic period - as enjoyed by Keats, Leigh Hunt and their friends. Join Professor Gregory Dart and actor Jon Rand for a relaxed and entertaining evening of poetry readings, riddles, quizzes and festive refreshments. In partnership with University College London. Free…

Tue 12 Dec

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Keats And Milton: Paradise Lost

A new exhibition which shows the admiration of one of the greatest writers of all time for another opens in London this December. Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost explores Romantic poet John Keats's own words and thoughts about Milton's poetry, to reveal the impact it had on his own work. Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost…

Wed 6 Dec

£6.50 (£4.50; £5.50) / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Thu 7 Dec

£6.50 (£4.50; £5.50) / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Fri 8 Dec

£6.50 (£4.50; £5.50) / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 222 more dates until 14 Oct 2018

Keats House By Candlelight

Join our knowledgeable guides for an evening tour and a magical opportunity to see Keats House dressed for the festive season and illuminated by candlelight. Finish the evening with a glass of wine and a mince pie in our majestic Chester Room. First tour: 6.30 - 8pm Second tour: 8 - 9.30pm £15 (includes a glass of wine…

Thu 30 Nov

£15 / 020 7332 3868

  • 18:30 – 20:00
  • 20:00 – 21:30

Keats House Poets Present Ella Frears

Dean Atta hosts an afternoon of open-mic poetry with a headline performance by poet, visual artist and curator Ella Frears. Ella is currently Poet in Residence at Royal Holloway University, writing about the Cassini Space Mission. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is published with Goldsmiths Press.

Sun 25 Feb 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Keats House Poets Workshop: Poetry As Protest

Work with Keats House Poet Deanna Rodger to explore and create poetry as protest. Is it a viable form of protest? When and where has it been used, and to what extent? Is having a voice and space, to share perspectives, a form of resistance? Is there a fundamental human right?

Sun 28 Jan 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Keats House Poets Workshop: Writing Into Space

Dean Atta brings you a poetry workshop for astronauts and star gazers alike. Inspired by Keats's poem 'Bright Star', we will imagine ourselves as heavenly bodies and explorers. Dean Atta is a poet from London. His debut collection, I Am Nobody's Nigger, published by the Westbourne Press, was shortlisted for the Polari…

Sun 25 Mar 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Keats in the City Guided Walk

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats, the radical medical student, and discover the London haunts of this 'Cockney Poet'. From Keats's birthplace we explore where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries' Hall and Guy's Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats's poems and letters along the way.

Sat 21 Apr 2018

£12 / 020 7332 3868

  • 11:00 – 13:30

Late Night Keats: Ah! Dearest Love

Celebrate Valentine's at a special late-night opening of the most romantic house in London. Enjoy poetry and craft activities inspired by Keats's poems and love-letters to his sweetheart Fanny Brawne, and relax with a drink at our pop-up bar. For lovers of life and literature. Booking essential.

Fri 16 Feb 2018

£15 / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Moniza Alvi

Keats House Poet Laila Sumpton hosts an afternoon of open-mic poetry with a feature slot from highly acclaimed poet Moniza Alvi. Join us in one of London's most cherished poetry venues for an afternoon of new voices and the powerful and lyrical narratives of Moniza. Open-mic sign up from 1.45pm. Moniza Alvi was born in…

Sun 22 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 14:00 – 16:00

The Poetry Of Desire With Liz Berry And Richard Scott

'I see life in nothing but the certainty of your love' wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne, the woman he was in love with but unable to marry. Join us by candlelight this Valentine's Night to hear poems expressing love and desire in their many forms.

Wed 14 Feb 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Poetry Workshop With Hannah Lowe: Love Thy Neighbour

Who lives next door to you? Who's tapping on your wall? Love (not) thy neighbour? In these socially turbulent times, who we live next to and how we treat each other have renewed importance. In this workshop we will use poems about neighbours and neighbourhoods, past and present, as a stimulus for our own writing. Open to…

Sat 24 Mar 2018

£6 / 020 7332 3868

  • 13:30 – 16:30

Professor Nicholas Roe on Keats in 1818

Keats's biographer reflects upon the poet's life in this momentous year: his stormy springtime sojourn in Teignmouth, where he composed 'Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil'; his epic summer tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands; and his sleepless, anxious autumn nursing his brother Tom, haunted by hostile reviews as he…

Thu 12 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Templar Poetry Live: Damian Smyth and Special Guest

Damian Smyth's latest collection English Street explores the myths and moments of a market town in Ireland, with all the vexations, joys and disruptions that belonging to anywhere brings. Damian will be joined by the winner of the Templar Portfolio Pamphlet Award.

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Templar Poetry Live: Jean Bleakney & Jane Weir

In "Man about the Place", Jane Weir strikes at the heart of relationships between men and women, spurred on by ambiguities and fissures revealed by D.H. Lawrence in his story "The Fox". Jean Bleakney's collection, "No Remedy", with its playful linguistic delights in the natural world, is tempered by unflinching…

Tue 28 Nov

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Templar Poetry Live: Jo Haslam And Clive McWilliam

Jo Haslam's collection Fetch draws on urban and rural landscapes, the world of painting, and experiences of displacement and loss to explore the evolving ties between family, culture and language. Clive McWilliam launches his pamphlet Rose Mining, which won the 2017 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Award with its…

Thu 29 Mar 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Templar Poetry Live: Rachel Spence and Sean Martin

Rachel Spence launches her debut collection Bird of Sorrow, taking inspiration from the character of Medea, the sculpture 'Bird in Space' by Constantin Brancusi, and 'L'Annunziata' by the 15th-century Sicilian painter Antonella da Messina. Sean Martin, writer and filmmaker, launches his Templar Portfolio pamphlet 'The…

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Free / 020 7332 3868

  • 19:00 – 20:30

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