Wallace Collection

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This handsome house, built in 1776, contains an exceptional collection of eighteenth-century French furniture, paintings and objets d'art, as well as an amazing array of medieval armour and weaponry. It all belonged to the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace and has been open to the public since 1900, with room after grand room containing Louis XIV and XV furnishings and Sèvres porcelain, while the galleries are hung with paintings by Titian, Velázquez, Fragonard, Gainsborough and Reynolds; Franz Hals's Laughing Cavalier (neither laughing, nor a Cavalier) is one of the best know, along with Fragonard's The Swing. The Wallace Collection has a permanent area where children can try on armour and also holds frequent temporary exhibitions. Regular events include the chance for children to explore the Wallace Collection and take part in artist-led workshops.

Venue name: Wallace Collection
Address: Hertford House
Manchester Square
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Bond St
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Paula - ToT
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A great exhibit with a lot of interesting paintings and characters - the painting of the little girl and her dog is especially beautiful.


A surprising retreat just moments from Bond Street, this Regency manor is home to fine art treasures from c15th manuscripts to c19th portraiture that was the talk of London. A series of beautifully furnished rooms, resplendent in opulent colours, provide a stroll back through time. Don’t miss the central glass-roofed courtyard café, with pricey but delicious lunches, tea and cake. A classy daytime date, or perfect spot to take your mum for afternoon tea!

NakedPRGirl Claire

I've been trying to go to The Wallace Collection for years. I've walked through Manchester Square and looked at the beautiful building...and it has always been after hours. However, this February I finally made it to look around and I loved it. The elaborate exterior hides an extravagant interior with beautifully decorated vibrantly coloured walls, famous paintings (including the Laughing Cavalier) and fascinating objects. There’s enough rich history to keep you entertained all day and as the other reviewers here note, it is a lot quieter than other museums in the city. It also has a lovely café in the middle which looks like it does teas, coffees and food too. It is situated about ten minutes North of Bond Street and near Marylebone so perfect for a walk about.

Jelz B

A beautiful, well curated and preserved museum with something for everyone. It was nice to be able to aimlessly stroll through the whole museum without getting caught up in big crowds. Perfect for anyone who wants to experience Marie Antoinette's Palace on a smaller, British scale. I look forward to visiting the cafe for afternoon tea on my next trip. 

Sarah G

Wow, what a find!

I'd heard of this but didn't know what it was & am so glad I've had the opportunity to go now. It's a beautiful building with a great collection of artefacts - full of history and info.

It looks like it has a great cafe that I didn't try on this occassion.

The only thing that stopped it being 5 stars was the unfriendly and impatient member of staff who was on the reception desk.

Kritt N

The Wallace Collectionis a museum with a world-class collection of fine and decorative paintings ranging from the 15th to 19th century with a particularly large collection of 18th century French arts, porcelain and decoratives. It's been open to the public since 1990 and situated in Marylebone. It is open free of charge to visit. 

I'd say the The Wallace Collection is a bit of a hidden gem amongst it's more renowned museums. Whilst nowhere near as vast as it's siblings in the shape of the Natural History or the Science Museum down in South Kensington, the collection here is still very impressive and the decor of the museum still retains the splendor and grandeur of the late victorian era. The collection is stretched over two floors and can easily hold your attention for a good hour or so. The Wallace Collection far less busy and more intimate than it's siblings. and has a great dining area in the middle of the museum, which allows loads of natural light to flood the room. Perfect for lunch with family and friends. It's a little tricky to find admittedly, but well worth a visit. 

Michael N

Went to breakfast viewing of Reynolds - experiments in paint . 1st time at the Wallace . A stunning building and a fascinating exhibition . Reynolds was brought to life my the enthusiasm and insight provided by Charlotte Harmon and Simone the press officer . . Thank you to Time Out for giving me this opportunity . I knew very little about Reynolds but this small but thoughtfully curated exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Reynolds, his constantly developing techniques and the society he painted . Highly recommended !