Hampstead’s Village People - a new exhibition

See Hampstead's artists, writers, actors in this new exhibition... © National Portrait Gallery, London

See Hampstead's artists, writers, actors in this new exhibition...

Working in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, The London Project brings 30 photographs of Hampstead’s cultural icons to Fenton House.

Hampstead’s Village People: Portraits of Cultural Icons runs from from 1 March to 29 June

  • Fenton House and Gardens, Hampstead Grove, London, NW3 6SP
  • Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm
  • Free for National Trust members
  • Non-member admission charges: adult £6.50, child £3, family £16. A joint ticket with 2 Willow Road entry is £9.

Hampstead's unique qualities have always attracted some of London's most notable intellectual and artistic residents. The list stretches back to Keats and Constable and continues today with celebrities including Helena Bonham Carter and Ricky Gervais. As London's reputation as a creative hub continueS to grow around the world so too does this enclave of talent in the north of the city.

A who’s who of creative Hampstead

Hampstead’s Village People celebrates notable local residents mainly known for their significant contributions to the arts. It includes portraits of musicians as diverse as Edward Elgar and Boy George, writers Edith Sitwell and Alan Hollinghurst, artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and actors Richard Burton and Judi Dench.

More of Hampstead’s famous faces will be brought to life and hung on the walls of Fenton House. The exhibition includes photographic portraits of Sir John Betjeman by John Gay, Richard Wilson by Trevor Leighton, Helena Bonham Carter, Ricky Gervais, and Martin Amis.

More to discover

Visitors can explore the merchant house’s own art collections which span 500 years. The house also boasts views across London and an exquisite walled garden.

Entry can also be combined with a ticket for a new exhibition of contemporary art from Ryan Gander at 2 Willow Road. This iconic Modernist home is located a 5 minute walk away from Fenton House.

Find out more about Fenton House and Gardens