London has more galleries and museums than you could shake a stick at – and many are dedicated to or specialise in the art of photography. Whether you’re a hobbyist, an aspiring photographer or a true professional, this is our pick of the top galleries and museums to hunt for next time you’re in London…
Beetles & Huxley
3-5 Swallow Street, London. W1B 4DE
A real success story of the London photographic scene, Beetles & Huxley is sure to be of interest to photographers staying at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel London. Founded in 2010, the gallery hosts exhibitions which focus on photographers who have made a significant contribution to the art form, as well as those who are currently helping to shape photographic art in the 21st century. The gallery represents a number of influential modern photographers and has proven popular with both photographers and collectors for it’s down-to-earth approach. There’s always something happening here, be it an interview with a photographer or a tour of the gallery’s collected works.
Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place, London. SW3 3TD
On a quiet street in Chelsea, you’ll find one of London’s photographic treasures in the form of the Michael Hoppen Gallery. For over 20 years, the gallery has been showcasing some of the finest works of contemporary photography from around the world, including a series of exhibitions year-round. Michael Hoppen represents world-renowned photographers across a variety of genres, and the gallery itself is presented in a suitably artistic style, giving room for the photos to do all the taking. Photos span genres such as wildlife, fashion, journalism and much more besides, and many are available to purchase.
49 Dorset street, London. W1U 7NF
Filled with character and some truly incredible photography, fashion photography and photojournalism from the 20th century, the Atlas gallery currently hosts six exhibitions each year and is considered among the finest photography-centric galleries in the world. Founded in 1994, it represents diverse contemporary photographers as well as housing some classic examples of excellence within the photographic medium. Great for curious photographers staying at any of our hotels near Lancaster Gate.
The Little Black Gallery
13A Park Walk, Chelsea, London. SW10 0AJ
Certainly of interest to photographers at Park Grand Kensington Hotel London, this small gallery with a distinctly boutique-like feel, named the Little Black Gallery, is located on the King’s Road – and represents over 25 of the most influential photographers working today. In addition, the gallery is home to some of the best works of iconic 1960s photographer Terry O’Neil, and has a room solely dedicated to Irish photographic legend Bob Carlos Clarke.
51 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London N1 6PB
With galleries in the UK and Munich, this Hoxton Square branch mostly represents vintage photography, with particular reference to photographs which showcase important points throughout history. In addition to images such as NASA photos from the 1970s and snapshots of the Blitz, the Daniel Blau gallery has a number of photography books and events which could prove particularly popular for photographers seeking opportunities to network with galleries and others in the photographic industry.