Please Sit at Fenton House this Christmas

We’ll be celebrating great design at Fenton House this Christmas, inviting you to slow down with family and friends and experience the house and collections from a different perspective - up close and seated. 30 November - 15 December, open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm

#PleaseSit

Guest host Gitta Gschwendtner has invited five fellow designers to join her in creating seating in the rooms and garden at Fenton House. Gitta, Michael MarriottMaisie BroadheadNina TolstrupFrith Kerr and Carl Clerkin have all selected a particular detail of a room at Fenton and responded by designing and creating a unique item of seating.

'Part of the Furniture' by Maisie Broadhead for Please Sit at Fenton House
Chair installation at Fenton House by Maisie Broadhead as part of Please Sit
'Part of the Furniture' by Maisie Broadhead for Please Sit at Fenton House

From Michael’s ‘blinkered’ chair, which focusses our eyes and minds on exquisitely made Chinese snuff bottles, to Frith’s playful comment on the  joyfully collectable ceramic poodles – themselves given as gifts to a past owner of Fenton House – these unexpected eruptions of contemporary design encourage a deeper level of engagement with Fenton’s collections and make a Christmas experience like no other.

Embroidery workshops by London Loom on 1 and 10 December

As part of Please Sit, the National Trust are partnering with http://thelondonloom.com/v2/  this Christmas for an untraditional and playful workshop experience. Inspired by Lady Binning’s poodle collection and designer Frith Kerr’s contemporary response to it, “good for the soul” London Loom will guide you in embroidering a poodle keepsake to take home for a loved one, or any other subject from Fenton’s collections that inspires you. Why not give the class as a Christmas gift and come and do it together? To book your places click here.

A magical setting

In a setting of quiet magic among the winding lanes of Hampstead’s old village and close to Hampstead Heath, Fenton House is only a two minute walk from Hampstead tube station and one of London’s highest points with far-reaching views over the city.

A cold, bright morning lights up the West Front of Fenton House
A cold but bright morning helps to light up the West Front of Fenton House, London
A cold, bright morning lights up the West Front of Fenton House

Christmas in Hampstead

After your seated interlude at Fenton, why not explore surrounding Hampstead, with its vibrant, independent shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries?

Trampling across Hampstead Heath is a yearly tradition for many, as is warming up afterwards with a drink by a roaring fire in one of Hampstead’s many traditional pubs, such as Fenton’s near-neighbour The Hollybush. If a muddy walk isn’t your thing, then you can take a scenic stroll through the romantic, atmospheric lanes of Hampstead village.

See Christmas decorations at Fenton House this winter
Close up of traditional baubles on a Christmas tree
See Christmas decorations at Fenton House this winter