Wallace Collection (London) Reviews
Description:Hertford House, just off Baker Street. Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 9551. It is open 10 am to 5 pm daily, except Sundays, when ... more
Wallace Collection (London) ... opening commences at 2 pm. / The Wallace Collection is a national art museum located in London. It was established from the private collection of Sir Richard Wallace, which was bequeathed to the UK by his widow in 1897. The museum opened to the public in 1900, in Hertford House in Manchester Square. Admission is free. The collection includes old master paintings (such as The Laughing Cavalier), fine porcelain such as Sèvres and Meissen, armour, Eighteenth Century French furniture and diverse objets d'art. A few years ago the inner courtyard was given a glass roof.
Newest Review: ... of 20 and the tables were laid and ready just a minute before our booking was due. The staff seemed rather stressed and instead of asking us what we wanted to drink, brought tea around in a thermos flask. There was one menu somewhere (which i didn't see until the end of the tea) with a choice of different teas on, so people could have chosen their tea and had their own pot, but the staff ... more
Customer Wallace Collection (London) Reviews (6)
by - written on 03/05/09 (Very useful, 217 readings)
I was invited to have afternoon tea at the Wallace collection, located in Manchester Square just behind Oxford street. Pretty house, pretty square, lots of trees etc. However I do not rate the afternoon tea at all, and very over priced. *Cost and drinks* The tea in April 2009 is set at £16.50 or £24 including a glass of wine. The restaurant is at the back of the house in a glass covered plaza with lots of plants, but the noise is rather echoy. I was in a party of 20 and the tables were laid and ready just a minute before our booking was due. The staff seemed rather stressed and instead of asking us what we wanted to drink, brought tea around in a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 29/07/03, updated on 15/04/13 (Very useful, 180 readings)
Not even ten minutes on foot away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street the connoisseur tourist finds Manchester Square with the Hartford House on one side. The building contains one of the world's finest private collections ever assembled by a single family, and since 1897 when the widow of Sir Richard Wallace died leaving to Britain its largest private bequest ever, no artefact has been taken away or added. When I arrived there on a Sunday afternoon a free guided tour had just begun. The guide was clearly in love with the house, the art collection and the rococo period from which most artefacts come which was a good thing because her enthusiasm was ... Read the complete review
by - written on 05/06/01, updated on 05/06/01 (Very useful, 77 readings)
It was a hot June day, the sun shining down on Oxford Street crowds, and it seemed such a waste to be stuck shopping on a day like this. I’d read that the Wallace Collection had been re-opened after extensive modernisation and I knew it was somewhere behind John Lewis, in Manchester Square, so off I went. The Square looked cool and shady in the sun and office workers and local builders were relaxing on the grass. Across the Square the pillars of Hertford House offered respite from the sun and a promise of an hour spent wandering around an interesting exhibition so in I went. I went up to the desk in the entrance and the first surprise was that there ... Read the complete review
by - written on 20/10/00, updated on 20/10/00 (Very useful, 53 readings)
The Wallace Collection is one of London's best-kept secrets, in more than one sense. Situated in Manchester Square, a few minutes' walk off the north side of Oxford Street, it was formed by members of the Hertford family and bequeathed to the nation at the end of the 19th century, on condition that it should be kept on display with nothing added or removed, even on temporary loan to other exhibitions or galleries. In its own way it is a bit of a time capsule, but it is quite compact, has some superb furniture, porcelain, enamels, jewellery, clocks, bronzes and armour, and for many visitors (myself included) the main attraction is to be found in some ... Read the complete review
by - written on 15/08/00, updated on 29/11/00 (Useful, 51 readings)
After years living in London, I finally visited the Wallace Collection this weekend, and am really glad I did. It's just a few streets directly behind Selfridges, on a peaceful garden square. The Collection is in Hertford House, which takes up most of the north side of the square. In its small front garden is a water fountain, copy of fountains donated to Paris. This sets the tone for the slightly quirky collection inside. You can hire an audio guide, but even without this there are information sheets in each room. The art collection covers a wide range of paintings, the most famous of which is the Laughing Cavalier: one of a number of various genres ... Read the complete review
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