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.
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