Wallace Collection

Home to one of Europe's finest collections of art, furniture and armour. Housed in a palace.

TravelCurious Tip

If you’re feeling peckish, you can have a relaxed lunch in the French brasserie-style Wallace Restaurant.

Housed in a classic London townhouse on Manchester Square, the Wallace Collection contains a world-class selection of 15th to 19th Century paintings, as well as armour, weaponry, furniture and porcelain. It’s a low-key place which doesn’t receive a huge number of tourists – all the better for enjoying your visit.

A Gift to the Nation

The collection was mainly created by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, an avid art collector with deep pockets and a good eye. On his death in 1870, he left all of it, and his splendid townhouse, to his illegimate son Sir Richard Wallace. Sir Richard was a famously generous man, and after he died, his widow bequeathed the entire collection to the nation in his honour.

Spanning the Centuries

There are some 5,500 pieces in the collection, representing a wide variety of eras and styles. Among them are nine paintings by Rubens, five by Rembrandt, two by Titian, four by Van Dyck, eight by Canaletto, and many other masterpieces. Look out for Frans Hals’ rakish Laughing Cavalier, described as “one of the most brilliant of all Baroque portraits”, which breaks with contemporary tradition by featuring a smiling subject, giving the painting a light-hearted, spontaneous feel. François Boucher’s beautiful The Rising of the Sun depicts a heavenly scene packed with characters, while you could spend hours deciphering all of the symbolism in Nicolas Poussin’s A Dance to the Music of Time. There’s easily enough here to keep you entertained for a quiet afternoon.

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  • Visit the Wallace Collection -  explore the art and treasures of the Seymour family. 
  • Discover the magic of Marylebone High Street, explore its bookshops and boutiques.
  • Learn about famous past residents, public executions and the hidden Tyburn river.
  • Visit  world-famous Harley Street, before entering into beautiful Regent's Park
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Marylebone possesses a charm and tranquillity that few other inner city neighbourhoods have. It preserves an uncrowded, village atmosphere despite its location in the heart of London. It was these qualities that attracted John Lennon, Madonna and Jimi Hendrix to purchase homes in the area, and it is also why the Royal Princes were schooled here as boys.

This tour elegantly uncovers Marylebone's complete history, famous attractions and hidden treasures. Explore the beautiful exhibition rooms at the Wallace Collection, home to one of Europe’s finest collections of artworks, furniture and armour. Learn about the history of Harley Street and how it rose to become the world's premier site for private medical care. Next enter idyllic Regents Park, relax besides the boating lakes and English flower gardens. This tour is your chance to discover the secrets and magic of one of London's idyllic, historic neighborhoods. 


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