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What You Need To Know About Lauderdale House:

Lauderdale House is an Arts and Education centre in Waterlow Park, Highgate. It is used as a venue for live performance and community classes.

The venue is worth visiting if only to see the unique building itself. The house was first built in 1582 and is situated on the edge of Waterlow Park near Highgate Village. Along with being a great place for a day trip, the building is also dedicated to arts of all varieties. It holds regular art exhibitions, and programmes cabaret performances, children’s theatre and music concerts, including jazz and classical.

One of its regular events are its kids shows on Saturday morning. Children under the age of two years-old are allowed in for free, and everyone is entertained with a combination of puppetry, music and theatre. 

Top Facts About Lauderdale House:

  1. In 1882, Sir Sydney Waterlow gifted the house “for the enjoyment of Londoners”.
  2. The venue’s connection to the theatre and performance goes back a long way. It was briefly the home of Nell Gwynn, the most famous actress of Restoration England.
  3. Part of Lauderdale House’s renovation plans from 2015 included preservation work on ‘Nell Gwynn’s Bath’. Confusingly, this item is neither a bath nor did it belong to Nell Gwynn. 

Key Information About Lauderdale House:


Tube: The closest tube station is Archway (Northern line), which is a 10-minute walk uphill from Lauderdale House.

Bus: Bus numbers 143, 210 and 271 stop very near to the house. Bus numbers 4, 10, 17, 134, 263 and C11 go to Archway station. To plan your journey in more detail please visit the Transport for London website.


Lauderdale House does not have onsite parking.

Limited parking spaces are available in the streets nearby. These are Pay & Display before midday and free thereafter. On the weekend parking is free all day. As with all of London, it is likely to be very busy, so we recommend using public transport where possible.


There is a café and restaurant at Lauderdale House that serves teas, coffee and soft drinks, plus a range of beers and wines. Hot meals and snacks are also sold throughout the day.

Visitors can either eat inside the historic building or sit at one of the outside picnic benches and admire the lovely greenery of Waterlow Park.

For more information, visit Lauderdale House’s website.