Art lovers flock to London in their droves every year, and with good reason. Our capital is home to collections and masterpieces by some of the most renowned painters and sculptors from all over the world. What’s more, there are countless exhibitions for art lovers seeking to admire the very latest trends in modern art, and there’s also an array of stunning street art on view for lovers of the urban canvas.
If you’re specifically looking to see 18th century art, then London is the place to be. There’s a brilliant variety of museums where you can enjoy the very best art from this vibrant period, all of which are within a reasonable distance of your luxurious bed at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel.
The Wallace Collection
A short walk from your hotel in Bayswater will take you to the Wallace Collection, a national museum in Marylebone. This beautiful museum is housed in the former townhouse of the Marquesses of Hereford, and is home to some 25 galleries of classic French 18th century art. Paintings, porcelain and furniture from the century can be found here, and the museum is also home to an impressive armoury that history fanatics will love checking out.
Victoria and Albert Museum
You won’t be surprised to see the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum on this list. This world-famous venue is home to over 2.3 million objects dating as far back as 5,000 years ago. It has been adding to its vast collection on a regular basis since it was opened as a Museum of Manufactures in 1852.
Naturally for such a vast venue, the Victoria and Albert Museum is home to some of the greatest works of 18th century art in London. Housed here are dazzling pieces of the Baroque style which swept through Europe in the 1700s with its defining characteristics of drama, luxury and detail. In addition to this, you’ll also find some truly awe-inspiring works of the Palladianism style that enjoyed a wave of popularity in the mid-18th century, and is known by art lovers across the world for its classical British take on the works of 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
Perhaps you’re more a fan of Neo-classical 18th century art? The Victoria and Albert Museum is also home to some truly mesmerising works from this vibrant style that was the rave in 18th century Britain and France, with artists from this era paying homage to the classical designs of ancient Greece and Rome to create some of the most memorable pieces of the century. It’s not too far from our hotel in Bayswater so you should have plenty of time to get lost in thought gazing at the many incredible collections.
Are you an art lover searching for quintessentially British art from the 18th century? If so, the Tate is the place for you. Located a short easterly walk from the northern side of London Bridge, this charity was set up with the simple mission of increasing public enjoyment of British art. The Tate’s wondrous collection of stunning pieces dates from the 16th century right through to modern-day works. Within this lies a fantastic array of 18th century pieces from Britain’s best artists.