Lauderdale House is an arts and education centre based in Waterlow Park, Highgate in north London, England. As an arts centre, it runs an extensive programme of performances, workshops, outreach projects and exhibitions.
Lauderdale House was one of the finest country houses in Highgate and was originally built in 1582 with a timber frame. In 1645 it was inherited by the Earl of Lauderdale (hence its name) and in 1666 it was visited by Charles II and Samuel Pepys, while Nell Gwyn is said to have lived there briefly in 1670.
It was converted to a neoclassical style in 1760, and John Wesley preached here in 1782, and in 1882 the then owner, Sir Sydney Waterlow, the famous printer, donated it ’for the enjoyment of Londoners’.
Lauderdale House is also known for its chips and tea. The house itself is lovely in a staid, sensible, English sort of a way reminiscent of cream teas.
With a fabulous setting and great acoustics, if you get a chance to attend a concert here, you should.