Our newest (and secretly favourite) evening clutch, The Duke London, features a beautiful illustrated map of 18th Century London, printed onto inlaid satin. Inspired by Georgian London, we’ve uncovered some of the most beautiful landmarks and architecture of the era. Don your Pompadour wig and beauty spots and set off on a ‘pomp & pleasure’ London tour this weekend…
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College
Often described as the finest dining hall in Europe, it took 19 years for decorative painter Sir James Thornhill to decorate the walls and ceilings of the Painted Hall. Part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hall has provided a backdrop in films such as the Iron Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Also known as ‘Number One, London’, Apsley House is one of the city’s grandest Georgian buildings and difficult to miss on the point of Hyde Park Corner. Still often home to the 8th Duke of Wellington, the townhouse contains the 1st Duke’s collections of paintings and porcelain and is opened to the public as the Wellington Museum.
Hidden behind the hustle and bustle of London’s Oxford Street, the Wallace Collection is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of 18th Century art. Visit the building’s beautiful courtyard for a quintessentially English afternoon tea.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Anya chose Sir John Soane’s Museum (often described as the best house museum in the world) as the venue for this season’s London Fashion Week International Buyers Dinner, co-hosted with the BFC’s Caroline Rush. The collections of antiques, sculptures and all sorts of aladdin’s-cave treasures are to be seen to be believed.