Art in London

Check out the selection of art galleries in the capital

There are many galleries and exhibitions worth visiting in London.

Barbican Art Gallery

From renowned architects to Turner prize-winning painters as well as champions of art and photography, the Barbican Art Gallery offers major exhibitions by top international figures. You should also take a look at the Barbican's Curve which houses a great series of new art commissions designed for the space.

Hayward Gallery

Attached to the Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery is a distinctive concrete building that people in the capital love or hate. The Hayward displays art exhibitions of global stature and specialises in the works of modern masters and enthralling names in contemporary art. It also plays host to talks, special days and workshops.

National Gallery

The set piece of Trafalgar Square, London's National Gallery is a huge space packed with Western European paintings from the 1200s to the 1800s. In this great art gallery you can discover works by artists such as Botticelli, Constable, Renoir, Van Gogh, da Vinci, Titian and Stubbs.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square is home to the world's largest collection of faces and personalities, spanning Tudor times to the present day, and one of the finest galleries in the capital. From Shakespeare to Kings and Queens, and icons of our time, it also has a photographic collection and one of the finest roof-top restaurants in the capital.

Modern art galleries

Saatchi Gallery

Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery is all about contemporary art. It will be renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art, London upon the retirement of owner Charles Saatchi, who has donated the gallery's collection to the nation. It hosts work by young artists or international artists whose works are rarely exhibited in the UK.

Serpentine Gallery

Small but perfectly formed, the Serpentine Gallery sits in a beautiful spot in the middle of Hyde Park. The gallery's free exhibitions showcase international modern and contemporary art by world-famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Chris Ofili. In summer, don't miss the annual architectural pavilion commission.

Somerset House

Somerset House is home to London's Courtauld and Embankment Galleries. In addition to a world-famous collection of Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings in the Courtauld Gallery, The Embankment Galleries host a rotating programme of exhibitions dedicated to art, design, fashion and photography.

Tate Britain

From Pre-Raphaelite paintings to landscapes by Turner and Francis Bacon's distorted nudes, you'll find lots to look at in Tate Britain. The gallery is home to the largest collection of British art in the world. Eat at the gallery's restaurant and you can study the famous Rex Whistler mural between mouthfuls!


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