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Southside House, London

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Southside House is a 17th-century house located on the south side of Wimbledon Common. It is Grade II* listed.
After his son died in the Great Plague of London, Robert Pennington, a friend of Charles II, built Southside House (on Woodhayes Road near Crooked Billet) as a safe haven for his family.
Inside, the house contains many examples of 17th century furniture, and memorabilia connected to the Pennington family.


The house passed through the Pennington-Mellor family, eventually coming into the possession of Malcolm Munthe, the son of Hilda Pennington-Mellor and Axel Munthe. During the Second World War Southside House was damaged by German bombs, and Malcolm Munthe devoted his life to restoring the house and another family property, Hellens, creating a private world in which he could enact his perceptions of family history and traditions.


Southside House is still run by Robert Pennington's descendants, serving partly as a residence but also as a museum, administered by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and hosting tour groups as well as educational activities, cultural events such as lectures, concerts, and literary discussions. Southside House participates in local festivals and also host many charitable events. It is used as a location for feature films, commercials and stills shoots.
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  • This is a remarkable peep into the past and the life of a remarkable family. Delightful slightly unkempt garden and a house frozen in a very special way. Excellent guide who knew the history of the...  more »
  • We went today for a garden visit and although the garden isn't very big, it has a very unique charm. The fact that in some areas the plants are left in peace, to mix and grow as they please, to me...  more »
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  • A unplanned visit was a real treat on a sunny Saturday. The house is real Tardis inside and very eccentric. Fascinating history and two impressive art collections. Tour guides live in the house, all work for the family trust and are hugely knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
  • Excellent hospitality, engaging, charming and very well informed guides, a hidden treasure on historical importance.

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