Reading Spot: The Wallace Collection
If you ever wanted to read in opulent 18th Century rooms then Hertford House, commonly known as The Wallace Collection (the collection of art it houses) is a spot for you. Sadly I didn't have my camera with me, so all are iPhone photos which are okay, I'm just not sure it does the place justice but needs must.
First off, it's a museum boasting one of Europe's finest collections of art, sculpture, the works. Second, it's truly stunning and third, it's really quiet. Disclaimer - on weekends I can imagine it's fairly busy but not British museum levels of busy. I hadn't even heard of it until my housemate's mother recommended it but I'm glad she did. A true hidden gem of London.
Each room, and there are many, is a riot of colour and splendour. And you'll be stuck to choose your favourite as each is more lavish than the last. I would, however, love to host a party in the ballroom but then wouldn't we all?!
There is just so much to marvel at as you walk round, the chandeliers, the writing desks, the textiles - gorgeous the whole lot. No wonder people get married here.
It also has a decent cafe in a sunny conservatory so meet for brunch first then, enjoy the wonders. I had a delicious avocado on toast with cherry tomatoes and Mum had an egg salad sandwich, decent nosh.
So if you are after somewhere new in London I would thoroughly recommend stopping by.