Opened in 1992, the Michael Hoppen Gallery is a must for anyone with an interest in photography.
The central London galley showcases the work of up-and-coming artists alongside some of the biggest names of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century photographic era.
Work is displayed over three flours, with each room benefiting from various design features to ensure images are exhibited in the best way.
The gallery also has a strong collection, as well as numerous clients who purchase images for their own private use or for display in public museums or corporate settings.
There are a number of exhibitions held each year at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, with one of the most extensive focusing on post-war Japanese photography from outside of Asia.
Michael Hoppen, the owner of the gallery, was born in South Africa but relocated to Britain at the age of four. He originally worked as a photographer for newspapers and advertising agencies, although he was also interested in collecting photos from other artists. Concerned with the mundane future of his career, Mr Hoppen sold his equipment to raise money to convert a studio into a gallery. His first show was a sell-out and started the rich history of the gallery.
The gallery also has its own publishing division, which means a great number of artists’ books, are available to buy directly from the gallery.
This summer the Michael Hoppen Gallery, in partnership with Rex Shuttlesock, is holding a special event celebrating the punk era. The exhibition will feature a collection of images charging the rise of punk culture in 1970s London.
Getting to the Michael Hoppen Gallery
The nearest London Underground station to the gallery is South Kensington, which is nine minutes’ walk. Alternatively, there is Sloane Square station that is around ten minutes away.
In terms of the nearest mainline station, then Victoria is a 20-minute walk away and provides links to the District, Circle and Victoria Lines
Explore the surrounding borough
You may also want to combine a visit to the Michael Hoppen Gallery with some exploring of the surrounding area.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is regarded one of the most upmarket areas of London and homes in the borough have some of the world’s highest price tags.
It is actually the smallest borough in London and the second-smallest in the whole of England, however, it is also one of the most densely populated.
It is clear to see why it is such a desirable place to live, with its stunning parks and fabulous shopping, including the world-famous Knightsbridge area with the Harrods department store.
However, it is really worth taking some time to visit the other areas of this great borough.
King’s Road became famous during the 1960s as the “hip and trendy” place to be and become linked with the punk movement in the 1970s.
The area is still a major destination for fashionistas, with a number of independent retailers selling a mix of clothing and accessories. There is also the famous Chelsea Antiques Market that is perfect for anyone looking to pick up something special to remember their trip to London.
If travelling by the tube to the King’s Road is the Sloane Square underground station, which is on the Circle and District lines.
Kensington Gardens is the perfect way to spend a summer day relaxing.
The green space was originally part of Kensington Palace, the royal residence, having been created from Hyde Park at the request of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, in 1728.
Kensington Gardens was designed by Henry Wise and George Bridgman and features many interesting features that make use of a whole host of planting techniques including a Round Pond, formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden.
One of the main features, is the famous Serpentine Lake which was created from 1726 to 1731 by channelling the eastern outflow of the River Westbourne from Hyde Park.
Millions visit the park each year and gradually extra features have been added to provide even more entertainment for local residents and travellers.
One of the major new additions is the Princess Diana memorial playground. Opened in 2000, the park is passed around a wooden pirate ship, inspired by the adventures of Peter Pan.
If you plan to visit the playground during summer, you may have to queue for entry as numbers to the free site are limited because of health and safety – so make sure you get there early.
For adults, there is plenty of seating, as well as a cafe close to the playground, serving all the usual food and drink, as well as a cream time – ideal for a summer’s day.
Grown-ups may also want to make time to visit the Serpentine galleries. During exhibitions, the galleries are open Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm. Entry is free, but visitors are encouraged to give a small donation to help cover the cost of operating the two spaces.
Of course, if you are exploring Kensington Gardens, then it makes sense to make some time to visit Kensington Palace.
A royal residence since the 17th century, the Palace is now the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Visitors are able to have a tour of the palace and there are plenty of exhibits on display, as well as being given the chance to take a close look at the King’s Staircase, the Queen’s State Apartments, the King’s State Apartments and the King’s Gallery.
One of the interesting exhibitions is a special display looking at the fashions of key Royal family members, so fashionistas can check out items of Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe in the 1950s, Princess Margaret from the 1960s and 70s and Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s.
Other attractions close to the Micheal Hoppen Gallery
There are plenty of other attractions close by to the gallery, including the National History Museum, the Science Museum, the V&A, as well as the famous Portbello Market.