Read John Keats' love letters at Keats House

Hampstead, Greater London

Read love letters and poems from John Keats to Fanny Brawne in the home where the poet fell in love and wrote some of his finest poetry.

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John Keats lived at what is now known as Keats House in London from 1818 to 1820, and it was here where he fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who lived next door – and was inspired to write poems including 'Ode to a Nightingale'.

The house, located close to Hampstead Heath, was to be Keats' last resting place in England as he died of tuberculosis – at the age of just 25 – while away in Rome.

Since 1925, the Grade 1 listed building has served as a memorial to John Keats and contains a remarkable collection, featuring not only letters exchanged between the lovers but Fanny's engagement ring, locks of their hair, painting and books in which Keats has written some of his poems – including the final version of 'Bright Star'.

Note: some letters, books and photographs are only displayed for short periods as they are fragile and sensitive to light.

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