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A treat along the lines of the Frick in New York, wherein the setting is as much of a draw as the art, the Wallace Collection is spread out over the 28 rooms of a gracious mansion in the West End.
Tucked inside a townhouse in Marylebone, this small but impressive collection boasts French and Dutch paintings, furniture, and decorative objects from the 15th-18th centuries. Full review →
This exquisite labyrinth of an art gallery is housed in Hertford House, an 18th-century mansion that was bequeathed to the nation, along with its contents, by the widow of Sir Richard Wallace. Full review →Stay for lunch at the restaurant, which is elegantly sited in a glass-roofed courtyard.
This collection, built up over 2 centuries by one of London's leading aristocratic families, is a contrasting array of art and armaments. Full review →
The ground floor’s four Armoury Galleries boast scads of richly decorated weapons and burnished suits of armor, while the State Rooms hold a collection of sumptuous Sèvres porcelain. Full review →
Arguably London’s finest smaller gallery, the Wallace Collection is an enthralling glimpse into 18th-century aristocratic life. Full review →
The largest private art collection, bequeathed to the nation in 1900, can be found in Hertford House, a beautiful private mansion in Marylebone. Full review →
Housed in a former estate home, the collection of Titian, Rembrandt, and Velázquez also features a vast amount of shiny knights’ armour. Full review →