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Top 10 Recommended Galleries in London


Galleries in London
London's home to some of the finest art galleries in the world. The National Gallery is essential visiting. Obvious, but we'd also recommend Tate Britain for British art and Tate Modern for modern art. Check the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) website, too, to see if they're running an exhibition you like.

The National Gallery

One of the world's great art collections. Western European paintings from about 1250 onwards.

Royal Academy of Arts (RA)

Founded by George III in 1768 to 'promote the arts of design' and with regular exhibitions.

Tate Modern, London

Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London and houses the national collection of international modern art.

Somerset House

Home to the Cortauld Institute of Art (strong on Impressionist and post-Impressionist art), the Gilbert Collection (decorative arts) and Hermitage Rooms (reflecting the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg).

County Hall Gallery, London

Part of London's famous 'South Bank' and next to the 'London Eye'. There's a permanent Dali exhibition.

National Portrait Gallery

The world's first portrait gallery and around the corner from The National Gallery. Essential visiting.

Hayward Gallery

Opened in 1968 and specialises in showing contemporary art.

Tate Britain, London

On the north bank of the River Thames, Tate Britain is home to some of the UK's finest art. 'The home of British art from 1500 to the present day'.

National Portrait Gallery

The world's first portrait gallery. Walk through UK history and culture. Just around the corner from The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square.

Serpentine Gallery, London

Close to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, Specialises in modern and contemporary art.