The Wallace Collection
We are so lucky to have so much going on around us in Marylebone, and right on the doorstep of our bespoke kitchens showroom is The Wallace Collection. A vast national museum inside of a historic London town house is right up my street! (Physically and metaphorically!)
I am always on the lookout for new inspiration and have always had a passion for history. Well, it’s hard not to when you design bespoke shaker kitchens as the Shakers were so instrumental in furniture design!
Taking a break from bespoke traditional kitchens is important, and I have got into the routine of once a week walking around the corner to Manchester Square and straight into the Wallace Collection where I am transported back to eighteenth century France.
I am yet to get through all 25 galleries full of breath-taking works of art, furniture and porcelain as well as the world class armoury. With collections from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.
Some of my most recent productive afternoons have occurred after spending my lunch hour amongst the history and luxury of the Wallace Collection. I leave with my creative juices flowing and my head full of opulence and luxury! It is hard not to in a place drenched in such history.
The great hall is a personal favourite of mine, the sheer scale of it is breath taking. You feel as though you have just entered the most grand palace imaginable rather than having taken a couple right turns from Oxford Street.
If you are ever in the west end and looking for a slice of history, this is well worth a visit. They have regular tours, talks and lectures that will provide respite from the hectic city and take you into eighteenth century splendour!