Posted by: offmotorway | November 8, 2011

Hidden London Gem – Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is situated just off Oxford Street, but is often overlooked by many visitors to the capital.  And that’s a shame, as it is a very special place.  Housed in a glorious London townhouse, the museum was first opened to the public in 1900, and every inch of the building seems to be covered with a stunning piece of art.  On display are old masters, 18th century paintings, furniture and porcelain.  World famous works on show here include The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals and The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, as well as works by Titian, Rubens and Canaletto among others.  There are also Limoges enamels, a collection of arms and armour, gold boxes, miniatures and sculpture.

The cafe in The Wallace Collection

The museum cafe, run by Peyton and Byrne also  happens to be a wonderful place for lunch or afternoon tea or dinner on Friday or Saturday.  Located in the covered courtyard of the house, the cafe is bright and airy with plenty of natural greenery.

Free Admission including temporary exhibitions
Open 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN

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