Brought up in California, Dennis Severs fell in love with London
at first sight, and in 1979 he bought a derelict house in
Spitalfields, a once-grand enclave adjoining the City of London
that had fallen on hard times. He transformed it into a place of
magic and mystery, based on an imaginary family that had lived in
the house since 1724, and today Dennis Severs' House is one of
London's most atmospheric attractions, especially when it gets its
annual Christmas makeover, with evening tours by candlelight.