Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Wallace Collection.

The Wallace Collection is a gallery in a grande London townhouse.
It is hidden behind Oxford Street and is a fantastic cultural haven.

I popped in for a visit on a sunny January morning and wore a warm, comfortable outfit.
I have a thing for grey at the moment, it is an easy to incorporate neutral colour.

Outfit details:
Cardigan: Me made
T-shirt: Newlook
Scarf: Me made
Skirt: Me made
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Brogues: Clarks
Earrings: Vintage

The inside the house is totally frivolous with silk walls, marble fire places and gold gilding on just about everything.

There are some very unusual artefacts to peruse.

I'm in love with this crown!
I'm wondering how it could be incorporated into my everyday attire.

Everything in the house is totally frivolous and beautiful.
Each room is adorned with frills and fussieness that I have rarely seen matched.

'The Swing' by Jean-Honore Fragonard is the most recognizable painting on display as one of the masterpieces of the Rococo era.

Of course I can pretend the purpose of my visit was to absorb some culture (it partially was) but I must admit tea and cake are always my real motivation.

The restaurant offers alfresco dining in a pretty courtyard that is sheltered under a glass ceiling.  It feels like dining in a quaint Italian square.

I would usually do a review of my afternoon tea experience, but as it was such a casual affair and cannot compare with luxury London hotels, I will give the review a miss this time.

Although delicious, this was definitely not a scone!
I'm going to call it a biscuit because it was crunchy- and a very enjoyable biscuit it was too!

Sweet treats are a must at any cultural outing!

I really need to make more of an effort to get out of the house and explore in the winter. In the colder months I lose motivation for just about everything, but once I get out and about there is so much to do!




  1. What an amazing place! I love that they house the gallery in a historic manor, I think it adds such a sense of history to the collection. I love the outfit - all gray, all the time! - and those shoes are really adorable. Looks like a fun time!

  2. Completely agree - the last thing I want to do is go outside at this time of year, but when I did last weekend it was actually awesome. Mostly I just want summer to hurry the heck up though, I'm over this winter thing before it even begins. Loving the red and grey combo. That autocorrected to 'Greg', which made me laugh... x

  3. Ohhhhh the history! As a historian I just am a sucker for exhibits as these! Oh and the delicacies mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
    Oh! And how is it you look fabulous at all times!

  4. That place looks amazing!! Love your outfit too, so gorgeous! x

  5. Those sweet treats look soooo good. Yum, yum, yum! I love scones to no end (I even have a Pinterest board devoted just to them! :)), so those really jumped out at me - as did your absolutely charming ensemble.

    Just as folks often opt not, or forget, to wear black and brown together, so too does the same ring true for grey and brown together, which as you've demonstrated here, is a total crime. The two are serene and fabulous when combined in the same outfit.

    Many hugs from snowy Canada,
    ♥ Jessica

  6. Oo I will have to check this out next time I'm in London, I love a good exhibition, a historic setting, and a bit of tea and cake at the end of it! Love your outfit too, it looks really lovely and practical too. I forget to wear pencil skirts with flats, I shall try and remember! xx