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Silent Night at Dennis Severs' House

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Tour of the 18th & 19th Century

On the front of things Number 18 Folgate Street looks like any other terrace house in Spitalfields. The four storey building dates back to 1724, made from brownish-red bricks, and is Grade II listed. Attractive? Yes. Unique? No.

Not until that is, you step inside. That is because Number 18 Folgate Street is an elaborate eighteenth still-life drama recreated by Dennis Servers.

Dennis servers lived in the house between 1979 to 1999, and during that time, transformed it into a time capsule. He imagined what life would have been life for the Huguenots, an eighteenth century family of silk weavers. The ten rooms have been refurbished to historic accuracy, and includes authentic touches such as plates of half eaten food.

Dennis Severs' House is now a visitor attraction, in which you get taken on an atmospheric tour with interactive features that tickle your senses with sights, sounds, and smells.

Over December, the rooms have taken on a festive mood until the 3rd January. You can take days visits for 7-10 or go on a special Silent Nights experience. These cost 17.50 to book, and can be scheduled between 5pm-9pm. Each tour lasts about forty-five minutes.

For a more immersive experience, book an Exclusive Silent Night from 45-55, which includes a BBC documentary. Sit by a roaring fire, sip mulled wine, eat mice pies, and join in a question and answer session.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 3rd Jan
Phone: 44 0 20 7247 4013
Where: Dennis Severs' House
Cost: 7-55
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