Lauderdale House hosts transformation party ahead of year-long closure

A historic house hosted a party to mark its imminent year-long closure as it prepares for an extensive renovation project.

Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, Highgate, held an afternoon of family activities on Sunday to celebrate the last few days of the building being open to the public.

The cafe offered lunch for £5, and guests could create artwork to be hung on a “wishing wall”, which will decorate the house while it is closed for nearly a year until next summer.

The volunteers and staff have worked for years to raise £2.1million to fund Lauderdale Transformed, which will see the house modernised and renovated.

But they still need £250,000 to put the finishing touches on the transformation.

The cafe is partly open this week but will close on Sunday. The house will close to the public on October 1.