Art galleries in London

Visit the National Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, Queen’s Gallery and Tate Britain for classical art, and Tate Modern, the Hayward and Saatchi Gallery for contemporary art. We also have a calendar of of upcoming art exhibitions – search for exhibitions today, tomorrow or this weekend, and art exhibitions in June and July.

Recommendations Craig recommends… The National Gallery is the best art gallery in London, followed by the Tate, Courtauld, V&A Museum and Wallace Collection.

Bankside Gallery

The Bankside Gallery is home to the Royal Watercolour Society and Society of Painter Printmakers. They usually have some pictures to buy.

Banqueting House

Banqueting House is not actually an art gallery, but if you’re interested in art then you can’t come to London and miss the huge Rubens that adorns its ceiling.

Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum showcases the best of British cartoons, caricatures and animation – everything from The Beano to Spitting Image.

Courtauld Gallery

Famous for its collection of French Impressionists, and works by great painters such as Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Rubens and Van Gogh.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Contains paintings of famous faces and scenes from London’s history, plus the remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre in the basement.

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery has temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers. It is part of the Southbank Centre complex.

Kenwood House

This 18th-century house has a fine collection of artworks including paintings by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Vermeer and Turner.

National Gallery

London’s best gallery contains artworks by the world’s greatest painters: Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, Raphael, Titian, Turner, Vincent van Gogh and more.

National Portrait Gallery

This gallery tells the story of Britain through sculptures and portraits of our most famous kings, queens, politicians and celebrities.

Old Royal Naval College

There’s only one painting in the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, but it stretches across the ceiling and over every wall.

Photographer’s Gallery

This gallery explores early and contemporary photography through a series of temporary exhibitions, and hosts an annual Photography Prize.

Queen’s Gallery

Built onto the side of Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s Gallery shows pieces from the Royal Collection in a series of temporary exhibitions.

Queen’s House

Queen’s House is part of the National Maritime Museum and has a collection of naval-related art. It’s also an historic piece of architecture.

Royal Academy of Arts

The RA started out as an art school teaching the likes of JMW Turner, Gainsborough and Blake, who’s works can be seen in the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

Saatchi Gallery

Charles Saatchi’s gallery has free exhibitions by up-and-coming artists who rarely get the chance to exhibit their work in London’s larger galleries.

Serpentine Gallery

This small gallery in Kensington Gardens houses temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and film works by contemporary artists.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain focuses solely on British art by the likes of Hockney, Bacon, Blake, Turner, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable and Millais.

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is one of the most popular visitor attractions in London with works by Dali, Matisse, Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A contains British paintings by Turner, Constable and Gainsborough, plus some famous studies by Raphael.

Wallace Collection

This hidden gem of a gallery contains works by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens, Reynolds, Titian, Gainsborough and Delacroix.

Whitechapel Art Gallery

This gallery displays works by contemporary artists, as well as a few retrospective exhibitions, and works that are important to the local community.
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