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 November and December.

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Top 10 art galleries in London Here’s our Top 10 list of the best art galleries that every art lover should try and make time to visit when they come to London on holiday.National Gallery
Tate Britain
Courtauld Gallery
Wallace Collection
Victoria & Albert Museum
Tate Modern
Royal Academy of Arts
Guildhall Art Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Queen’s Gallery

Recommendations Craig recommends… The National Gallery is easily the best gallery in London, closely followed by the Courtauld. The V&A and Wallace Collection have a lot of great paintings inside as well.

Bankside Gallery

Bankside Gallery is home to the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. They usually have plenty of pictures and prints 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 focuses on British cartoon strips, caricatures and animation – everything from The Beano and Spitting Image to the artwork of Gerald Scarfe.

Courtauld Gallery

The gallery is famous for its collection of French Impressionists, and works by great painters like Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Rubens and Van Gogh.

Guildhall Art Gallery

This gallery focuses on famous faces and scenes from the city’s history, and houses the remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre in the basement.

Hayward Gallery

The Hayward has temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers. You can find it at the top of the Southbank Centre.

Kenwood House

You’re really here to see the 18th-century house, but it also has a collection of artworks including pieces by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Van Dyck, Vermeer and Turner.

National Gallery

London’s best gallery contains artworks by the world’s greatest painters: Leonardo 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 portrait paintings 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 what a painting! It stretches over the ceiling and across every wall.

Photographer’s Gallery

This gallery explores early and modern 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 small, but important temporary exhibitions.

Queen’s House

Queen’s House is part of the National Maritime Museum, and displays its collection of naval-related art. It’s also an historic piece of architecture in its own right.

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 shows free exhibitions by up-and-coming artists – contemporary artists who rarely get the chance to exhibit their work in larger galleries.

Serpentine Gallery

This small gallery in Kensington Gardens usually has a couple of temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculptures or film works by contemporary artists.

Tate Britain

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

Tate Modern

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

Victoria & Albert Museum

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

Wallace Collection

This hidden gem contains artworks by some of the most famous names in history: 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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