The Wallace Collection is filled with treasures. Masterpieces from Velázquez, Rembrandt, van Dyk, Rubens, Watteau, Boucher, Gainsborough, and even Fragonard’s The Swing all feature in this beautiful, timeless collection that is often overshadowed by the bigger London institutions. Just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park though, can you find this grand, historic townhouse that also houses furniture, porcelain, and a world class armoury alongside Old Master paintings. Aside from these permanent displays, the Wallace Collection holds an interesting calendar of changing exhibitions that relate in some way to the main collections, such as contemporary use of the traditional materials that feature in the collection’s furniture. Despite the high-brow nature of the displays, The Wallace Collection is also a great social, community linchpin, often hosting conferences and art classes, as well as great activities for families and children, especially during half-terms and holidays. In short, this is a quiet, but ever important destination that is continuing appreciation for European history, art, and design, into the future.
The indoor and outdoor seating in the courtyard of the beautiful Wallace Collection building makes the Wallace Restaurant a gorgeous spot for a Spring brunch. Serving excellent French brasserie food, from mushroom parfait and crab salads, to afternoon tea and tartes, you can get that Spring brunch feeling any time, or just embrace the weekend with fantastic cocktails and wines in the evenings.
A somewhat typical museum shop, the Wallace collection Shop holds plenty of stationery and home-ware adorned with imagery from the museum’s collection, as well as a nice selection of books that relate to the displays.
The Wallace Collection
London W1U 3BN
+44 (0)207 563 9500
Daily 10.00 – 17.00
Underground: Bond Street (Central & Jubilee Lines), and Baker Street (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines).