The Wallace Collection is a surprisingly amusing museum of eclectic art, furniture, and other miscellaneous works, as well as an extensive display of military weaponry. Bequeathed to the UK by the widow of the bastard son of 4th Marquess of Hertford (rolls off the tongue quite nicely), the collection is housed near Manchester Square, just north of the hum of Selfridges and Bond Street.
Spanning from the 15th to 19th centuries, the artworks include paintings from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Velasquez. The upholstery and wallpaper reminded me a lot of some of the rooms at Versaille, in terms of lushness and intensity of color, and the prevalence of gilded contours.
Just as, if not more, interesting as the artwork and furniture is the Arms and Armour department, a gallery of all sorts of knives, swords, shields, axes, maces, bows, mail, helms, full sets of armor for knights mounted and afoot, rifles, cannons.
Renaissance fair porn, basically.
The Wallace Collection
Manchester Square, London
Greater London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom
There is also a covered courtyard in the middle of the House with an upscale cafe.