I probably blog too much about museums, but I can't help it, London is full of art and culture. And while Husband and I normally take our children with us, it is so relaxing going to a museum on our own. This week, Moozles and Dubz are spending two days with their grandparents. So on Thursday, Husband and I had a day out in central London. And while we were there, we popped into The Wallace Collection.
Rather than start with the art, let's get down with the basics. The Wallace Collection is a national museum and it does not charge entry. It is open seven days a week, and only closes 24-26 December. It is only about a five minute walk from Bond Street tube station (Central Line). Bond Street station is on Oxford Street, which means you are very close to fab shopping and a plethora of restaurants.
Okay, the art. The Wallace Collection, is housed in a beautiful townhouse. The ground floor is filled with beautiful furniture and homewares. But then you go up to the first floor and find great works of art. I love Canaletto. He painted cityscapes of Venice in the 1700s, and his painting are so realistic that it looks like you're looking at a photograph. And there is a room full of Canaletto's paintings at The Wallace.
You will also find the painting of the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hal. It is one of the most renowned paintings of the Baroque period. In the lower ground floor, you will find an impressive armoury collection. This was Husband's favourite part. And it is considered to be one of the largest, and best, collections of armour in the UK. My three-year old, Dubz, loves knights, and we will definitely be returning to The Wallace with him.
We finished our visit at the museum's cafe, run by Peyton and Byrne. Since we had eaten a late lunch, we were too full for the afternoon tea (we visited at 4pm), so we settled for two pots of tea, one cake and one cookie. At £12, this was not the cheapest snack but it was served in a lovely environment (pretty pink walls and a glass roof), plus it offered table service. All in all, The Wallace Collection is a lovely museum to visit, whether or not you visit as a family.