After quite a few trips to London, I realised on our last visit that we had never made it as far as the Wallace Collection. I'd heard about it 40 years ago, but the glamour of the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries and so on had always tempted us to revisit those well-known places. Finally, we found ourselves in London on a very wet day and decided to find our way to Manchester Square, actually not too far from Oxford Street. We were astounded! The collection is housed in a wonderful old building and every room is a treasure-trove. There are wonderful paintings, porcelain, furniture - and I believe armour as well but I have yet to see those rooms. I couldn't believe that there was no entrance fee and yet the house was not too crowded. It truly was a quiet haven close to the heart of the busy Oxford Street area. We had afternoon tea in the stunning glass-covered Orangerie and although it was not cheap, it was truly a part of the Wallace Collection experience! We will certainly return to Manchester Square on our next visit to London, and meanwhile, I am spreading the word!
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