What to Do in West London

Wed, 28 February 2018
leighton-house-narcissus-hall-london-credit-will-prycePhotography by Will Pryce

The Wallace Collection

This national museum displays artwork from the 18th and 19th century, work that was owned by the original owners of Hertford House, Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. Collected between 1760 and 1880, The Wallace Collection features work by artists such as Titian, Decamps and Rembrandt among countless others. Open daily from 10AM to 5PM, this collection is open to the public at no admission cost. Be sure to spend some extra time looking at the porcelain collection, even if that’s not your thing. And don’t miss the armoury downstairs.

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  • Hertford House
    Manchester Square
    W1U 3BN

Leighton House

Leighton House Museum is the former residence of Victorian artist Lord Frederic Leighton. With constant renovations from 1830 through 1896, the artist lived in this studio-house, which he opened up for entertaining prominent societal figures such as Queen Victoria. This unique home is now open to the public and features many of the artist’s work, not to mention the embellishments of the home itself. Tours and exhibitions at the Leighton House run six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 10AM to 5.30PM at about £7 per head.

Portobello Road

One of London’s most famous landmarks, Portobello Road stretches through the Notting Hill area carrying everything from farm fresh produce to vintage clothing and accessories. Though what’s on offer isn’t as varied as it used to be, and the Saturday market is packed with tourists, it’s still worth going to check out. Be sure to pop into the hidden gems behind the stalls where you will find endless rows of cafés and antique shops.

Walk Through Little Venice from Paddington to Regents Park

Little Venice is probably one of the most picturesque points on the Regent’s canal, and a good starting spot for a weekend walk. Stroll down the waterway past the bars and restaurants winding through Paddington until you arrive at Regent’s park. In just three miles you will be exposed to the industrial landscapes of London’s budding areas, as well as the backyards of some of the city’s largest and most extravagant homes. Be sure to stop on the black arched bridge for a view of Camden Lock, an area just north of the canal.

The Wallace Collection

Leighton House

Portobello Road

Little Venice

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