London has plenty of amazing art to see, from the classical era right up to modern day. If it’s the classics you’re after, you’ll find you’re in luck. Here’s our guide to some of the top destinations for seeing some classic art up close during your trip to England’s capital.
The National Gallery
With some of the finest art from the 13th-19th centuries, the National Gallery should certainly be on your must-see list of attractions this year. Conveniently located for guests of the Park Grand Hotel London on the outskirts of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery has a packed roster of events from the world of fine art including exhibitions, talks and chances to hone your own artistic talents through creative workshops such as oil painting and life drawing.
There’s over 2,300 art housed here, including Van Gogh’s famed Sunflowers, Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus, and Van Eyk’s Arnolfini Portrait. Whether it’s the old masters you’re interested in or impressionists, it’s all under one roof. With late-night opening every Friday, it’s more convenient than ever to connect with paintings which have continued to dominate the world of art for hundreds of years.
The National Portrait Gallery
If portraiture is more your style, then a trip to the National Portrait Gallery will be just the ticket. You’ll find yourself face to face with key figures from history including Shakespeare, and Tudor monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth I. While there’s more modern pieces on display here as well, it’s still a haven for lovers of classical artists such as Holbein and ideal for finding out more about the stories which helped to create some of the most famous portraits ever created. A definite must-see to take a look at while staying at your Paddington Hotel.
Royal Academy of Arts
Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is Britain’s oldest fine arts institution, situated in the heart of the West End. The academy has become well-renowned for hosting some of the UK’s finest classical art exhibitions, both permanent and touring. In addition to their own collection, the Royal Academy also contains one of the finest collections of British art prints, photographs and drawings, as well as a tremendous – and tremendously popular – art library. If you want to combine looking at masterpieces by Constable and heritage objects such as Queen Victoria’s own paint box, then the Royal Academy is the perfect destination while you’re staying at the Park Grand Hotel London.
Tate Gallery London
Focusing on art from the 16th century onwards, the Tate Gallery is of course not to be confused with it’s more contemporary sibling, the Tate Modern. The Tate houses the largest Turner collection in the world, alongside an ever-changing display of ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions which explore a specific artist, era or theme. The ‘Walk Through British Art’ also takes you on a tour of the UK’s artistic output since 1545, examining how it’s evolved during this time period.