London’s best galleries for inspirational photography

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Anyone with a taste for culture is in for a real treat when planning a visit to the English capital, with a wide selection of outstanding galleries, museums and historic attractions all to be found here.

That said, one discipline that is often overlooked is photography, but with some of the best galleries in the country dedicated to this artform to be found in London, why not take some time to check them out.

Here are just some of the city’s many excellent destinations to head to for lovers of the photographic art:

Michael Hoppen Gallery

Address: 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD

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Opened in 1992, the Michael Hoppen Gallery offers the chance for visitors to enjoy a wide range of photographic exhibitions and was founded on the premise of showcasing the passion for photography of founder and artist Michael Hoppen.

Focused on master photographers from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the gallery is spread over three floors and welcomes all lovers of art to peruse its many exciting exhibitions.

The Little Black Gallery

Address: 13 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

Some of the biggest names in the world of photography have exhibited (and continue to exhibit) at the The Little Black Gallery.

Located in the heart of Westminster, The gallery offers a boutique feel and was founded in November 2008. It specialises in contemporary photography from around the world and is owned and operated by TV and press personality Tamara Beckwith Veroni, publicist Lindsey Carlos Clarke and senior lecturer in photography at the London College of Communication Ghislain Pascal.

Snap Galleries

Address: 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH

A specialist in rare and exclusive rock ‘n’ roll photographs, Snap Galleries prides itself on delivering a visual treat to all music lovers visiting central London.

Exhibitions are regularly updated, with iconic musicians ranging from David Bowie to Prince who are all immortalised on the gallery’s many walls. Guests can also purchase mementos of their time at the space, with prints and even originals often on sale.

Beetles and Huxley

Address: 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE

One of Europe’s leading galleries specialising in the photographic art, Beetles and Huxley offers an innovative look into the many mediums, forms and styles that photographers use to express their creative passions.

Opened in 2010, the gallery covers all aspects of the artform, ranging from documentary photography to cutting edge contemporary work. It offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all those wishing to learn about the rich history of photography.

The Photographers’ Gallery

Address: 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

The largest public collection in the whole of London, The Photographers’ Gallery showcases everything from the latest emerging talent in the field to a wide array of established artists in the medium. It also offers a considerable selection of historical photographic archives.

Opened in 1971 by Sue Davies OBE, the gallery is located in a converted Lyon’s Tea Bar in the heart of busy Covent Garden. It continues to remain committed to its founding principles of being a home for the international photographic community.

Atlas Gallery

Address: 49 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NF

Founded in 1994 by director and gallery owner Ben Burdett, Atlas Gallery specialises in classical and modern 20th century vintage photography. It remains one of the English capital’s finest venues for the display of fine art photographic works.

A winner of multiple awards, the gallery has hosted hundreds of exhibitions down the years and continues to attract a cosmopolitan and knowledgeable crowd of art lovers to its doors.

Daniel Blau Gallery

Address: 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

Hosting regular events throughout the year and offering an ever-changing roster of exhibitions for guests to enjoy, the Daniel Blau Gallery covers the full spectrum of contemporary photography.

Visitors can expect to find exhibitions of works, as well as regular live talks, fairs and events that cover every aspect of the art form, from composition to lighting, visual appeal and the artist’s techniques.

Hamiltons Gallery

Address: 13 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2EU

One of the foremost galleries on the planet for photographic works, Hamiltons Gallery is a London institution and visitors flock from far and wide to view its exemplary exhibitions each year.

Guests are regularly treated to exhibitions by some of the biggest names in the field and are captivated by the co-mingling of photography and a range of other art forms, including painting, sculpture and more. Located in the heart of exclusive Mayfair, this is a must-visit destination for all lovers of culture planning a London getaway.

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