London is a hub of culture and arts. Visitors to the city should explore the many galleries that London has to offer. Whether you want to delve into the classic or the contemporary, there is a gallery to suit. Here’s our guide to the must-see galleries in London.
The National Gallery
As well as being a glorious piece of architecture, The National Gallery is home to over two thousand paintings ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Some of the must see pieces are masterpieces painted by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci. If that isn’t enough for you, the gallery is constantly holding fascinating exhibitions. If you’re in town at the right time, the museum’s fun Friday Lates evenings shouldn’t be missed.
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is home to the world’s largest collection of portraits, consisting of 200,000 portraits spanning from the 16th century to the current day. Come face to face with characters from the past and present from the museum’s wide ranging collections.
The Tate Britain showcases art from the 1500’s to present day. Its collection is varied and eclectic, ranging from classic masterpieces, to progressive and contemporary work. It also regularly holds new exhibitions for those keeping their finger on the pulse of art.
For lovers of modern art, this former bank side power station is an ideal gallery to delve into new and contemporary art. For free, you can see works by renowned artists such as Dali, Picasso, Rothko and Warhol.
Divided into two galleries on either side of the Serpentine Lake, The Serpentine Gallery and The Serpentine Sackler Gallery host a number of cutting edge, fascinating exhibitions. The galleries itself were designed by the late renowned architect, Zaha Hadid and display real feats of modernity and the contemporary arts.
The Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the oldest fine arts institutions in Britain and over the years has played to host to some of the most renowned artists in the world, such Ai Wei Wei. Its central London location means it’s an easy trip from most parts of London and an ideal gallery to visit for any art lover.
The Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery sits within 70,000 sq. ft in Duke of York square. The focus of this gallery is to exhibit art from young and international artists who do not have much recognition. It is essentially a platform for aspiring contemporary artists to get their name and work discovered in a large-scale gallery.