Best Art Galleries in London


Whitechapel Gallery

Arts & CultureArt Galleries
$$$· 77-82 Whitechapel High St·Map·Hours·Website·

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Has some amazing masters, a great cafe and shop and puts on great special exhibitions. Also has guided tours. Adoddle to get there - take the train from Wimbledon heading for Waterloo but get off ... read more

The Home of British Art since 1500 to the present day. With FREE entry (Although you have to pay to see special exhibitions) Tate Britain is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in... read more

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A national museum in a town house displaying 18th century French painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. Superb cafe in their atrium. Hidden ge... read more

Excellent museum house containing one of the world's largest holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms & armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings.

The Wallace Collection is home to one of Europes finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain. Great for lunch/afternoon tea too!

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White Cube Bermondsey opened in October 2011 and is the largest of all the gallery's sites, incorporating more than 5440m² (58,000 sq ft) of interior space. The building, which dates from the 1970s... read more

The top modern art gallery in London. NOTE: The new (2nd) White Cube is in our neighbourhood on Bermondsey Street (144-152) and they show many of the big current artists. And it's free to enter!

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Finest Collection of early 20th Italian Art located in the heart of Canonbury. At the same square (number 27a) lived the writer George Orwell (known by famous novel 1984).

Little known gallery with superb collection of 20th century Italian art. Tucked away just off Canonbury Square.

As well as world class galleries like the Tate Modern, Tate London and The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London houses some fantastic smaller galleries, one of which, the Estorick has a ren... read more

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Victoria Miro represents 40 established and emerging artists. One of the largest commercial spaces in London. The gallery is almost unique in London for having its own garden, a beautiful landscape... read more

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Famous contemporary art centre. Very interesting art bookshop. They have a wonderful garden and cafe which is child friendly with art events organised for children.

Camden Arts Centre is a contemporary art gallery. Its exhibitions are always stimulating and the Centre has a history of supporting emerging contemporary artists as well as lesser known established... read more

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Newport Street Gallery presents exhibitions of work drawn from Damien Hirst’s art collection. Housed within a renovated Victorian scenery-painting studio in Vauxhall, south London, admission to the... read more

Head here to see Damien Hirst's own art collection as well as a changing programme of group and solo exhibitons. You can enjoy a drink or meal in the Pharmacy 2 restaurant too (see Food Scene secti... read more

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Great gallery devoted to photography and has nice cafe and great bookstore/shop. A nice spot for a quiet break from Oxford Street.

The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists, we're the place to see ... read more

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Nice little space with regular exhibition and events in the centre of Hackney Wick

We love this place in Hackney Wick. It's a bit wacky, there's an artshop and a cafe, exhibits very contemporary, up and coming artists.

Take a ride or stroll along the Regent's Canal and finish in Hackney Wick. This little canalside cafe has solid coffee and great brunch.

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Fantastic contemporary art gallery that presents new commissions by exciting artists

Vast former veneer factory hosting shows by emerging contemporary artists, screenings and talks.

In a former industrial building on Regent's Canal, this trendsetting exhibition space is the gallery to see new work by future art stars and to find out what is happening right now in the contempor... read more

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Private art collection in a former Methodist church in Kentish Town.

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Founded in 1967, Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in the world, showing 45 innovative and international artists

Contemporary art gallery that both exhibits and sells work by new and established artists.

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The Institute of Light is a multi-sensory space; a cinema; vinyl record store; film, music and photography bookshop, and social cafe – all under one roof. Cinema showing new films as well as arthou... read more

The Institute of Light is Hackney's newest collaborative, a multi–sensory space. Music shop during the day turns cinema-restaurant night time. A cultural hub set in an enigmatic railway arch and in... read more

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Just 15 mins walk away is the worlds first public gallery dedicated to illustration in all it's forms - from cartoons to adverts to picture books to animation. A must see for the artist within!

House of Illustration is the UK's only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration, with a creative programme of exhibitions, talks and events. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened in July 2... read more

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Cavernous subterranean tunnels under Waterloo station provide the backdrop for some of London's most imaginative theatrical experiences. I caught an excellent interactive production of Alice's Adve... read more

Right now (summer 17) showing the amazing Alice in the Underground. Immersive theatre at its very best.

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The 'White Rabbit' artwork in the bedroom is from this amazing gallery on Columbia Road. Street, urban and just all round gorgeous art in a creative and motivational environment.

Great print shop. Open seven days so you can browse without crowds Monday - Saturday. Spent a lot of money here.

Stumble upon some unique art to decorate your new Haggerston home at Nelly Duff, a shop and gallery on Columbia Road selling limited edition prints and artworks. Established in 2005, they’re known ... read more

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Nice selection of Impressionist paintings in the fabulous Somerset House.

The Courtauld Gallery is an art museum in Somerset House, on the Strand in central London

Somerset House offers free guided tours but you need to check its website for the timings. If not, explore The Courtauld’s collection of paintings, drawings and decorative arts. The displays range ... read more

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Well known East London gallery.

Interesting modern art shows if you can persuade the grumpy curators to open the door for you. There are 3 other galleries in this street and one just around the corner on Cambridge Heath Road, so ... read more

Innovative neighbourhood gallery showcasing art in all forms of media,

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D-Face is one of East London's most prolific street artists – East London is famed for it's street art. This is his gallery space, straight outside the house.

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Well-respected commercial gallery.

Vyner street houses quite a few contemporary art galleries.

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October Gallery

Arts & CultureArt Galleries
$$$$· 24 Old Gloucester St·Map·Hours·Website·

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Lovely gallery - with excellent lunches

Dedicated to contemporary international art, this small cutting-edge gallery is well worth a visit. Since 1979, the gallery has been dedicated to pushing boundaries and showcasing diversity. As wit... read more

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One of Hackney's bigger galleries, child friendly, great stuff to see and there's a fab Japanese cafe behind called TocoNoco. Mainly photography at the moment, but exhibits ever-changing.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is an educational charity and a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery based in London. You can combine with a walk along the canal and a visit to Vict... read more

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The best coffee and very chilled cafe

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Lots of restaurants around and bars

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Contemporary art gallery in central Croydon. Hosts some event evenings.

Recently featured Banksy & Andy Warhol exhibitions. This is a fantastic spot to see work by Croydon's up and coming artists. You can see pieces for sale which you will have noticed in Croydon's thr... read more