Art lovers are spoiled for choice in London with famous galleries hosting works by the most revered artists.
Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day. The collection is free and you’ll find masterpieces by Gainsborough, Hogarth, Millais and Whistler, as well as outstanding contemporary artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst. Tate Britain also hosts the largest collection of works by JMW Turner.
The National Gallery displays over 2000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Discover inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. Admission is free. There are special exhibitions, lectures, audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for the whole family.
Somerset House is an imposing neo-classical building in the heart of the city. During the summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard and in winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.
Home to the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery shows a changing programme of exhibitions which includes contemporary watercolours and original prints by members of the two societies. Almost all works are available for sale and the gallery’s bookshop stocks a wide range of books, materials and cards for art lovers.
The finest display of international modern art in Britain, housed in the former Bankside Power Station transformed by architects Herzog & De Meuron. Entrance to the permanent collection and Turbine Hall is free. Tate Modern also holds world-acclaimed temporary exhibitions as well as an extensive children’s programme.