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Wallace Collection

Museums, History Marylebone Free
5 out of 5 stars
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Wallace Collection
Rob Greig

Time Out says

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.



Address: Hertford House
Manchester Square
Transport: Tube: Bond St
Price: Free
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
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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.


For the art enthusiast in you, the Wallace Collection is a place that cannot be missed. Just a few stones throw away from Bond Street, this free hidden gem has an impressive collection of paiting (including plenty of Canaletto's paintings), French furniture and armoury from the 1700s and 1800s. A beautiful collection which you'll be pleasantly surprised to visit.


If you don't know about this collection, you probably wouldn't stumble across it. Tucked away behind Selfridges, it is an exquisite way to spend some time. The building is a stunning example of eighteenth century architecture with an impressive central staircase. The exhibits range from fifteenth and sixteenth century German armour to fifteenth century French furniture. There are examples of work by Gainsborough, Van Dyke, Rubens and Titian to name but a few. There are cases filled with exquisite jewellery and snuff boxes. And much much more. Each room is a work of art in itself having been relatively recently refurbished with wallpaper in jewelled colours and matching drapes. Not a cheap venture and considering there is no entry charge you really are being given a treat. If you do feel like contributing to the upkeep, you have the choice. There is also a restaurant which is good if a little on the expensive side. It is one of the jewels in our crown.


The Wallace Collection is must see museum/gallery if you come to London. The items on show were bequeathed to the nation in the late 19th Century and have been on display here since 1900. 

The number and quality of the Old Masters from the 15th to the 19th century is amazing. It has some of the finest examples of 18th century French furniture in existence. There is also a rich assemblage of porcelain, sculpture and royal amour in the collection.

A condition of the bequest was that none of the pieces ever left the collection, even to go out on loan. So if you ever wish to see, say, "The Laughing Cavalier" or Canaletto's "View of the Grand Canal" you have to come here.


This stunning house contains the most exquisite collection of ornaments, paintings, weapons and furniture. It is free to visit and open every day, situated in the heart of London.

It is well worth a visit and has a beautiful cafe with glass ceiling serving delicious cakes and teas. 

A hidden gem!


A stunning house hidden away in central London that was previously home to the Spanish Embassy (1791-95), but most recently owned by Richard 4th Marquess of Hertford who built a collection of art, furniture and  other collectables that he left to his illegitimate son Richard Wallace. It is now open for the public to admire the beautiful selection of French Rococo furniture, paintings from the likes of Rembrandt, Gansborough and Titian, as well as a host of other fascinating antiquities.

Some of the most choice pieces include 'The Laughing Cavalier' by Dutch painter Frans Hals, who previous to The Marquess purchasing the piece was fairly unknown and not very popular compared to his contemporaries. He included so much minute detail in the painting, for example the delicacy of the lace cuff to how he built up the ruff around the gentleman's neck, I was left wondering why his work wasn't appreciated more. Other more cheeky pieces and probably the most well known painting the collection owns is 'The Swing' by Jean-Honoré Fragonard where a young lady is swinging as a young man, hidden in the bushes, looks on and can see up her dress as she throws her legs back in enjoyment.

I recommend that you take several visits to fully appreciate all the collection has to offer. The paintings alone can take a significant proportion of your time, particularly because a lot of them have imaginary that needs be read into and understood in order to fully appreciate what the artist is saying. If possible take a tour, they are whistle-stop, but none the less give you a quick taste of what is on offer, so you can decide for yourself what you want to go back to and see later in more detail.


Amazing collection in central London - Marylebone area. A huge collection of furniture, famous paintings and objects, armour and weapons. And all of these for free. Allow more than a half day to see everything. One of the must places to visit in London if you like impressive ceilings, chandeliers, expensive curtains and furniture.

The Wallace Collection is quite simply one of the greatest museums in the world. One of the richest, most spectacular collections of fine and decorative art in public hands, displayed in a uniquely intimate historic house setting. Spiritually and intellectually fulfilling. Food for the soul.

Fantastic Art Collection. Too much to see in one visit so always a good place to go


Wow what an exceptional collection. I specifically went to view their Rembrandt paintings, in particular their very famous Rembrandt self portrait. I was completely blown away by the extensive collection of out of this world french furniture and chandeliers to name a few. There is a plethora of sculpture and an impressive armoury. Even better was the stunning enclosed courtyard, perfect for afternoon tea. Really worth visiting and a somewhat unknown collection in London.

The wallace collection is a great place with an amazing collection of paintings, furniture, glass and pottery, and armour. Much of it is French, but English and other countries also feature, collected by the Earl of Hertford. Great tours and educational events. A hidden gem. Really good restaurant also. Best collection in London.


This museum is slightly overcrowded, overrated, and overly lavish. To be fair, it's so chock-full of curiosities that it's hard not to find something intriguing. Bonus points for spotting the painting that Howard Jacobson, speaking of the novel "The Act of Love", called absolutely filthy.


Come for the art, stay for the food. The restaurant within the Wallace Museum is a thing of beauty, much like the art within the place. I didn't really have time to really soak up the art as I was really just here for a beautiful meal within the al-fresco (glass roofed) courtyard. Flanked with 4 story high pink walls, the courtyard is spacious and bright and reminiscent of a holiday location!

The menu hosts a series of seasonal dishes. The Asparagus, with sauce gribiche and bottarge is a beautifully light yet flavour packed dish that is by no means small. The asparagus spears were large, and the chef had been generous with the gribiche (a mayonnaise style cold egg sauce) and together with the asparagus reminded me of elegant picnics in summer time. Additionally the pan fried mackerel with pesto and tomato salsa was a glorious celebration of summery flavours, with a beautiful tang from the pesto which was complemented well by the oily fish that fell apart with a touch of the fork. The presentation was outstanding, mirroring the elegance of the surroundings. It all happened to go beautifully with a glass of the crisp, light Chardonnay recommended by the manager.

My main was a beautiful bowl of asian inspired coconut broth with turbot and vegetables. It was smooth and sweet and light, while dessert was unusual - a bowl of peach soup, the colour of a deep sunset. with gloops of fresh, tart sorbet places within it, it was refreshing and a gorgeous palate cleanser.


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!


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.

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. 


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.


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. 

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 !

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