That was, of course, after a half-hour delay in getting there - who would have known that it would be so hard to find Manchester Square when you're literally two blocks away from it. (wandering down Marylebone High St - "Oh, the Wallace Collection. It's a lovely place! Yes, I've been there. You're quite close. I'm not quite sure where it is, though...you're quite close!").
They have a fantastic armoury (definitely my favorite part of the museum! My appreciation for 17th and 18th century art is sadly limited, and I have to be in the correct mood to even want to really scrutinize a Watteau for more than a minute in the first place - which is too bad, because they're currently showing a lovely Watteau exhibit).
Anyway, I spent a good half hour in the European armoury room.
I learned about the German 'gothic' style of armour, which had fluted surfaces and was pretty bold in general. I saw a set of armour and an armoured horse! I examined the exquisite hilts of swords! Wow. I've always had a fascination for armour, and this just piqued my interest.
I love how, even near the busiest places like Oxford Street, there are these pockets of peace and quiet.
Marylebone high street