Overview

Clementi House was the London home of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), composer, pianist, and ‘Father of the Pianoforte’.

One of the forte-pianos manufactured by Clementi’s company at that period is the front hall of Clementi House and tuned to a playable (if not performable) condition, with its original strings.

Through Clementi’s presence, the house became the musical ‘home’ in London of the young Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47). It was then the home of composer William Horsley (1774-1858) and his musical family, with whom Mendelssohn performed home-made operas in the drawing-room.

Mendelssohn was present at the betrothal in the house of Horsley’s daughter Mary to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, for which couple the composer dashed off a song. Its unpublished manuscript remains in the house till this day.

 Clementi House was visited by many other outstanding musicians of the period, including Chopin, Bellini, Joachim, and Ignaz Moscheles.


Opening
Opening
Appointment

Clementi House is open by appointment. 

£10 per person for prearranged 90 minuted guided tour.

Find Us
Find us

On Kensington Church Street, around the corner from Nottinghill Tube Station in the heart of Kensington. A stone's throw from Kensington Gardens.

Buses 52, 28, 27, 70, 328, 452 all arrive right outside the door. More buses are around the corner.

Parking

Meter parking in the side-streets.

Admission
Admission

£10 per person for prearranged 90 minuted guided tour.

 

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit. Please email clementi.house128@gmail.com to arrange.

 


A word from the owner

Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC Board, came to visit the house as part of the Dulwich Music festival. He is a direct descendent of the original owner, Muzio. Everyone is welcome to visit and we hope you enjoy your time at this special house.

Things to See

Fun Facts

As the house's name alludes to, the famous pianist, composer and piano builder Muzio Clementi lived here, Mendlesohn played here, Brunel visited and married a daughter of the then owner Horsley. It is a house has known a lot of music in its time and it continues to be the location of musical events and parties.

 


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Our house is available for hire for most ventures and we accommodate projects to the best of our ability.

 

Facilties

  • Wifi
  • Team building activities

Tom’s home couldn’t have provided a more perfect home for our adaptation and it has been a genuine pleasure to be able to work with yourself and Tom.

Film Location Manager


School Visits

If any Secondary school is interested in a guided tour please contact us on clementi.house128@gmail.com.

 


Filming Opportunities

We welcome requests for filming.

Clementi House is an Edwardian family home that is largely unchanged in the middle of London.

The owner of the house is an author and writer so there are books everywhere. The fire in the entrance makes this a very welcoming home. We are flexible about moving any furniture etc. to accommodate any creative ideas.