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:British Museum, Bloomsbury
The British Museum will be exploring the American Dream, using prints from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.


From:
Where:National Portrait Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery will be comparing the work of two different artists -- Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing.


From:
Where:National Gallery, London
An exhibition showing two collaborations by the great Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo.


From:
Where:National Portrait Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery will be be putting on an exhibition of works by Howard Hodgkin, called 'Absent Friends'.


From:
Where:Tate Britain, Westminster
Tate Britain's 'Queer British Art' will explore how artists expressed themselves when their sexuality had to remain hidden.


From:
Where:National Gallery, London
The National Gallery will be showcasing a brand-new tapestry work by the Turner Prize winning artist, Chris Ofili.

 

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