A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted to the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.


Events Calendar 2016

Click here to view our event plan for this year. Please note that this is a provisional plan and is subject to change.

Events 2016

See below to find out more about events happening in the next few months.

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Free event

Vintage Fashion Show

Thu 26th May

Vintage Fashion Show 19:00 to 21:00 Thursday 26th May 2016

Stephens House & Gardens is offering the opportunity to view a stunning & unique private collection of vintage clothing with an emphasis on the history of the house. Ticket includes a glass of Fizz and Canapé reception from 18:30. Tickets £20 (Concessions £15). Frances Musker, the owner of the collection, will be on hand to provide commentary and description throughout the show.  The first half will take us to the end of WW1 and the second half will cover from the 20’s to a post WW2 period. The fashion show coincides with celebrations around Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday and precedes our own celebration to mark this special occasion on the 12th of June.

Come and join us for a fascinating evening of fashion and history.

 For Ticket https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/stephenshouseandgardens/events or alternatively phone 020 8346 7812, option 1

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Hospitals For Heroes

Wed 1st Jun - Fri 30th Sep

Wednesday 1st  of June to Friday 30th of September

Opening  Week Day Times Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 13:00 to 16:30 .

Opening Weekend Times Saturday and  Sunday 12:00 to 16:30

Hospitals for Heroes,  opens in the basement on the 1st of June and closes on the 30th of September . 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, we remember Avenue House as a VAD hospital during WWI and as the RAF Central Hospital from 1919. The treatment of casualties is illustrated with personal accounts, including the amazing story of one highly decorated airmen of the Royal Flying Corps. The Exhibition is free but donations are welcome. 



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HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Sun 12th Jun

Sunday the 12th of June 12:00-17:00

Help us to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a special party on the lawns of Avenue House. In conjunction with the Big Lunch join us for a fun packed outdoor family treat.

  • Live music on the front lawn.
  • May pole dancing.
  • Stalls on the terrace and in the house.
  • Food served from the terrace, bar available.
  • Picnic area.
  •  Free admission.


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Open Sundays

Sun 19th Jun 12:00 - 17:00

On Open Sundays we open our doors to the public with Sunday lunch served in the house from 12:00 to 15:00. As well as browsing the changing displays of art in the downstairs rooms, visitors can explore the Stephens Collection, our boutique museum which is usually only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. It tracks the life of Henry 'Inky' Stephens, the development of the Stephens' Ink Company, the history of Avenue House from 1859 and the story of writing materials from ancient times. The gardens are open to enjoy as usual but as an extra treat our walled Bothy Garden, typically only open on Friday mornings, is free to visit with plants and cuttings on sale.

The house is open 12:00 - 17:00.

The Stephens Collection and the Bothy Garden are open 13:00 - 17:00.

Buy tickets Booking for lunch recommended, please call 020 8346 7812, option 1, or pop in at the house.

Family event | Food & drink

Free event

Gardening Days

Sun 19th Jun 11:00 - 16:00

Help maintain Stephens House and Gardens with a couple hours of gardening. Choose a session, either 11.00–13.00 or 14.00–16.00, or do both if you’re really keen! We meet in the stable yard outside the café and all tools are provided. Gardening days are usually on the third Sunday of the month but please always check here for confirmation.

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