A Quick Guide to London’s Art Galleries
You could be a lover of modern art that is difficult to comprehend, or Old Masters, London will have a gallery that will suit you. This iconic city never disappoints when it comes to the art on offer and some of the most historic and famous gallery houses are in the city. This doesn’t mean that there is nothing outside London, far from it, but London is the epicentre of culture in England and being able to gaze upon history in the form of sculpture or Equestrian Print made by talented artists is to be appreciated and revered. London’s smaller galleries are always full of hidden treasures and you could be into impressionist paintings, photography or arty events, you will find a hidden gem to satisfy your artistic flavour.
- Barbican Gallery
From acclaimed architects to artists who are Turner prize winners, the Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures.
- National Gallery
Standing proudly over Trafalgar Square, this is a huge space filled to the brim with Western European paintings from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Renoir and Stubbs are just a few of the iconic artists that grace the walls of this historic building.
- National Portrait Gallery
Another iconic building near Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery is home to the largest collection of faces and personalities across the globe. The paintings range from the Tudor times to the present, from Shakespeare to Kings and Queens of our time. You’re looking at history when you step through the doors.
- Royal Academy of Arts
When you walk through the gates off Piccadilly to the Annenberg Courtyard, you walk into the Royal Academy of Arts. Standing since 1798, there is an ever-changing programme of blockbuster exhibitions. Queen Victoria’s paintbox and the only Michaelangelo sculpture in the UK.
- Saatchi Gallery
Contemporary art doesn’t get better than what you find in the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Young artists, international artists and artists rarely exhibited in the UK all do well here and it will soon be named the Museum of Contemporary Art once the owner, Charles Saatchi, retires.
- Serpentine Gallery
This quirky little gallery is often overlooked, but if you have walked through Hyde Park at any time you will have noticed the little gallery and its free exhibitions that showcase international modern and contemporary art by artists such as Wahrol and Ofili.
- Somerset House
Home to London’s Courtauld Gallery with its collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Old Masters paintings, this is one to visit if ever you are in the capital.
- Tate Britain
If you are a lover of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, you’ll be home here. You’ll also find landscapes by Turner and Francis Bacon’s distorted nudes. There’s a lot to look at here! It’s home to the largest collection of British art in the world!