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“A moment of calm”
Review of Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day
Ranked #15 of 1,689 things to do in London
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Owner description: Both a national museum and a prestigious private collection of art bequeathed by Lady Wallace in 1897, this attraction features one of the world's best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain and furniture, plus a fantastic array of 17th-century paintings.
Reviewed May 9, 2014

One of the most impressive small art collections in the world. This house was once the home of the Hertford family, based in both Paris and London, and the collection of treasures reflects this with paintings by Canaletto and Gainsborough and also Dutch paintings including The Laughing Cavalier. The house and collection was handed over to the nation in 1897. This priceless collection is housed in a beautiful building overlooking Manchester Square, just off Thayer street behind Selfridges. It is free to get in but a brochure is offered for £5.99 and is good value. The collection is over 3 floors (and has lifts) and even includes a collection of Oriental armoury.
Walk straight through from street level and you will enter the old courtyard garden, now covered by an Atrium roof, which is the restaurant. All types of tea, coffees, juice cocktails and a good wine selection is offered at good prices. Wines from £4.50 a glass, salads from around £8.50, hot meals or just a pot of tea is served by friendly liveried staff. A wonderful place to relax away from the busy London streets outside.

Thank Dee F
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you like antique clocks this is an amazing place to visit. The collection is unusual with some serious determined shopping having taken place back whenever you could actually buy this stuff. Lots of gilded treasures and beautiful porcelain. Moderate sized exhibit so you can a tually see everything on display without getting cultural overload as can happen at the bigger london galleries. A must visit venue.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

A grand house with superbly furnished rooms containing wonderful works of art, porcelain and sculpture. The exhibits are wonderfully displayed and lit. Thankfully there is a lift and there are chairs in each room for those with aching feet and legs. The shope is excelllent and the staff there friendly and helpful. Most rooms are staffed by friendly and helpful people although one lady was unnecessarily sarcastic in response to a simple, but valid query. The restaurant is every attractive, with attentive staff, but the chairs were not comfortable enough to persuade us to lunch there.

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

I love the Wallace Collection. I had never been before until recently but my mum took me there for a birthday treat as she has been going for 25 years! I am so angry she hadnt told me about it earlier! It is free admission. So much amazing stuff to see. you are allowed to take photos- just dont use flash. Amazing interiors. So much inspiration. And lots of famous paintings! theres stuff for men too- like armour and weapons! So something for everyone and theres a lovely restaurant. Its quite expensive and the portions are very small but its a lovely atmosphere and free to get in so cant complain. its a great place to meet friends and can have a nice coffee and a chit chat before heading out shopping! I just love it.

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Looked great, but not worth having a bunch of stuffy old broads follow you around henpecking you about not breathing too hard or getting near anything. Skip it.

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TheWallaceCollection, Marketing and Development Assistant at Wallace Collection, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

Dear Elloco0,
I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the Wallace Collection. We have tried to keep the Collection as ‘homely’ as possible so we do not have any barriers in front of our objects. Consequently, this does mean that our staff have to be extra vigilant to make sure that our Collection is not damaged. However, this of course should be balanced with visitor enjoyment and I am sorry that in this case that balance was not met. I do hope you will visit us again soon and have a more positive experience.
Best wishes,
Marie Stirling
(Marketing and Development Assistant)

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