Art galleries in London

Here is our guide to the best art galleries in London – many of which are totally free. If you like art then try and visit the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

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Major art galleries

> Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld has one of Europe’s finest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
> Guildhall Art Gallery
The Guildhall Art Gallery in London houses the remains of an Roman amphitheatre in the basement.
> Hayward Gallery
The Hayward is in the Southbank Centre, and displays contemporary art from around the world.
> National Gallery
The National Gallery has works by Cézanne, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner and Van Gogh.
> National Portrait Gallery
Pictures, paintings and statues of monarchs, including British stars of stage and screen.
> Photographer’s Gallery
The Photographer’s Gallery in London hosts contemporary shows and educational events.
> Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery near Buckingham Palace houses the Royal Family’s art collection.
> Royal Academy of Arts
The Summer Exhibition, held every year in June, July and August, is open to all aspiring artists.
> Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery has contemporary art from Charles Saatchi’s very own collection.
> Serpentine Gallery
The Serpentine Gallery is in Kensington Gardens, and shows temporary contemporary art exhibits.
> Tate Britain
Tate Britain shows British art from the 16th-century onwards. See J W Turner and David Hockney.
> Tate Modern
The Tate Modern has everything from Warhol, Picasso and Dalí to modern day contemporary art.
> Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is one of London’s best galleries, with works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian.

Art exhibitions in London


From:
Where:Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
The Saatchi Gallery's "Painters' Painters" exhibition showcases the work of nine artists who are inspiring the next generation.


From:
Where:Tate Modern, Bankside
The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective exhibition of works by American artist Robert Rauschenberg.


From:
Where:National Gallery, London
The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of forty works which explore Australia's Impressionist movement.


From:
Where:Tate Britain, Westminster
Tate Britain will be putting on a comprehensive exhibition of David Hockney's work, drawn from the last sixty years.


From:
Where:Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Royal Academy will be exploring Russian art made after the Russian Revolution, and before Stalin's clampdown in 1932.


From:
Where:National Gallery, London
You'll be able to see Cagnacci's 'Repentant Magdalene' on display at the National Gallery for the first time in thirty years.

 

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