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Portrait of John Soane by William Owen, 1804. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

“To be distinguished as an architect has been the ruling passion of my life.” Sir John Soane, 1827

From 1800 to 1804 Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most influential architects, designed and built Pitzhanger Manor as his dream country retreat in then rural Ealing. He saw Pitzhanger as the foundation for what he hoped would become the Soane dynasty of architects. He wanted a country estate to reflect his new-found social status and to showcase his skills as an architect.

Pitzhanger was designed around Soane’s eclectic and growing collection of art and antiquities, including Hogarth’s series of paintings A Rake’s Progress. But first and foremost it was a place of entertainment, where he could host clients and influential friends at dinners and large garden parties, or simply to fish in his lake.

When Soane’s ideal of family harmony collapsed, he moved back to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, taking his collection with him. But Pitzhanger stands today as a testament to his creative genius. Newly conserved and returned to his original design, Pitzhanger is a rare example in London of a spectacular Soane building, largely intact. This guide tells the story of this remarkable house and of Sir John Soane, an architect whose influence is as strong today as ever.

You can find out more about Soane and his time at Pitzhanger Manor in our guidebook Pitzhanger Manor: Sir John Soane’s Country Home, available from our shop (£6.95).

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This Christmas...✨
Sponsor a pane of glass in Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor.

The perfect gift – a lasting and unique way to write your loved one’s name in history. 

The recipient's name will be added to a special acknowledgement board in the Manor and they'll be invited to a unique supporter event once a year at Pitzhanger and receive a beautiful architectural print of Pitzhanger. 

From £250. 

To find out more go to 
Link in our bio. 

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⬆️ How to make an entrance.

Sir John Soane certainly knew how to make a good first impression with his grand tribune hallway at Pitzhanger Manor. Designed to impress friends and clients the faux marbling and coloured glass give the space the feeling of an Italian villa - but without the weather 🌤 

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Through this door in Soane's bedroom you can see one of the four internal windows with amber coloured glass that bring warm light into the hallway below ✨

How many doors are there into Sir John Soane's bedroom? Stretch your memory or take a guess. 

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Happy Birthday Sir John Soane! 🎉 Looking good for 268 😉

This weekend we are celebrating the birthday of Pitzhanger's architect with a festival of free family fun!

Come for family trails with historical dress up, wall painting demonstrations, art trails, exterior building tours and more!

Part of Open House 2021 #openhouse2021

@opencitylondon #OpenHouseLondon #FreeFamilyFun #Weekend #BirthdayFestival #Pitzhanger #architecture #onthisday
Are you looking forward to a long weekend? ☀️

Reminder that we are open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am - 5pm so plan your visit now.

The manor will be closed on Monday for a private event but you can still visit our Julian Opie exhibition in the Gallery. Entry will be through the back door in Walpole Park 🌳 

Our restaurant @soanes_kitchen will also be open on bank holiday Monday 🙌 but please note that they are closed on Sat 28. Check out their page for more info.

#TGIF #bankholiday #julianopie #pitzhangermanor #pitzhanger #walpolepark #exhibitionart
On 21 August 1784 John Soane married Elizabeth Smith at Christ Church, Southwark. ⛪️ 

237 years on you can now get married in almost every room of Sir John Soane’s unique country Manor which has been recently restored to his original grand designs. 

Happy wedding anniversary to the Soanes and happy wedding day to the lovely couple who are getting married at Pitzhanger today. 

#Onthisday #weddingday #weddinganniversary #weddingvenue #historichousewedding #johnsoane #staircase #wedding
OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL is back for 2021!

Visit Pitzhanger Manor for FREE over the first two weekends in September as part of the 30th Open House London!

Sir John Soane’s Birthday Festival will take place over 11 + 12 September – a new community weekend for all the family with special events and activities including demonstrations, crafts, dress-up and tours. 

There will be free exterior building tours over both weekends - join us to find out how Soane designed Pitzhanger to reflect his influences and discover the process involved in its restoration. 

Booking advised for guaranteed entry, but some walk-up tickets may be available.

Visit to find out more and book your tickets!

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Sunday 15 is Family Sunday at Pitzhanger 🎨

You and your family are invited to pay attention to the beautiful details on the outside of Pitzhanger Manor and visit Julian Opie’s exhibition at Pitzhanger Gallery.

Children and adults will work together to decorate a house front, using a variety of materials and techniques, with the assistance of a facilitator. 

🕰️ Drop-in from 10.30 to 12 and from 1 to 3 
👶 All ages welcome
🎓 Education Room, Pitzhanger Manor
🎫 Free with Admission

#Pitzhanger #FamilyDay #FamilyFunDay #Summerholidayactivities #makeyourownhouse #architectureforkids #architecture #JulianOpie
THIS WEEKEND! Architecture for Dogs

Drop in for free from 10am - 5pm on Sat & Sun for an interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers in Pitzhanger's grounds in Walpole Park. 

Each architectural piece is designed with a different dog breed in mind and offers a playful and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions. 


The life of Fanny Soane
10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Hear one of our staff give an introduction to Sir John and Eliza Soane and their beloved terrier, Fanny, as you embark (woof!) on your visit to Pitzhanger Manor. 

Julian Opie
10am-5pm Sat & Sun 
Free Sun 10am - 12.30pm for Ealing residents

A new body of work by contemporary British artist Julian Opie including site specific pieces, focusing on architecture, people and nature. Leave your dog at our ‘dog crèche'.

SPECIAL OFFER: get a half price hot drink when you buy your dog a tub of Jude’s doggy ice cream from @PitzhangerPantry in Walpole Park all weekend.

@ealing_summer #EalingFringe2021 #architecturefordogs @archfordogs #architecture #walpolepark #dogwalkers #dogsofinstagram #ealingfeeling @japanhouseldn

📷 Photo: Yoda Hiroshi
Does your dog like architecture? 

We’d be surprised if you knew the answer to that question. Why not come and find out next weekend in Walpole Park? 

Pitzhanger is hosting the Architecture For Dogs Roadshow on Sat 7 and Sun 8 August. Come and enjoy the interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers. 

The roadshow is inspired by the Architecture for Dogs exhibition, which was displayed at Japan House London between September and December 2020,

10am - 5pm.
Free. Drop-in. 

Find out more at

SPECIAL OFFER: get a half price hot drink (or iced coffee) when you buy your dog a tub of Jude’s doggy ice cream from @pitzhangerpantry all weekend.

@japanhouseldn @archfordogs #WalpolePark #DogWalkers #walkingthepark #architecturefordogs #EalingFringeFestival #Ealing #Pitzhanger #architecture #dogs #dogsofinstagram

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Pitzhanger Manor, Joseph Gandy,1800. © Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Learn about the history of this remarkable house

Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing was the country house of Sir John Soane, one of Britain’s most extraordinary architects

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Conservation Project

Revealing Pitzhanger

In March 2019, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery reopened to the public for the first time in over three years.

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Contact Us

Mattock Lane, London
W5 5EQ
Reception: 020 3985 8888
Office: 020 3994 0967

Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Monday: Closed (except for bank holidays)

Last admissions one hour before closing

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