Photography Galleries in London

Whether you're a keen photographer or a budding amateur, or just enjoy admiring other people's creations, you'll love what's on offer at London's top photographic galleries. Discover the best exhibition spaces for photography here below, and get inspired by Visit London's Instagram page.

Photography is everywhere in London! From tourists getting snap-happy at London landmarks to paparazzi lurking behind their lenses, the capital is full of photographers. If you're a photography fan, there's sure to be a gallery or photography collection to inspire you. Explore eclectic talent at the Photographers' Gallery or view seminal images from the National Portrait Gallery's Photography Collection. Check out our highlights below.

Atlas Gallery

Free

The Atlas Gallery is one of the capital's leading galleries for photography. The gallery specialises in classic and modern 20th-century vintage photography, photojournalism and fashion. 

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Beetles + Huxley

Free

Beetles + Huxley celebrates photography in all its facets, from established masters to cutting-edge contemporary artists. The gallery also publishes beautiful catalogues to accompany its exhibitions. Make sure not to miss photographers such as Berenice Abbott and Sebastião Salgado.

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Foto8 Gallery

Free

Foto8 Gallery was established by top independent picture agency Panos Pictures and photography magazine Foto8. It specialises in engaging, exciting photojournalism exhibitions. Special features include a 60-capacity screening/events space, and the gallery is available for private hire for events.

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Getty Images Gallery

Free

London's largest independent photographic gallery, the Getty Images Gallery showcases photos taken from contemporary libraries and its Hulton Archive. It is one of the largest resources of archive photography in the world. Photographers can also hire the gallery for exhibitions.

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Hamiltons Gallery

Free

Hamiltons Gallery specialises in international photographers, representing sought-after masters such as Irving Penn and Helmut Newton. Enjoy its intimate gallery space, situated between beautiful Grosvenor Square and Berkeley Square, and come in contact with stunning photographs.

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Michael Hoppen Gallery

Free

A major presence in the international photography community, the Michael Hoppen Gallery displays vintage and contemporary black and white photography. The aim? To emphasise the importance of photography in contemporary art today. Exhibitions feature both established and emerging artists.

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National Portrait Gallery – Photography Collection

Free

The first photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery was a Cecil Beaton retrospective in 1968. Since then, the gallery has featured everything from Captain Scott's last expedition to the Royal Ballet's 75th Anniversary. Don't miss the stunning rooftop restaurant.

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Photofusion Gallery

Free

This trendy Brixton gallery is a photography geek's heaven. The rotating Photofusion Gallery's collections are open to the public, and showcase emerging and eclectic talent. There are also darkrooms, a studio and a range of classes available for budding photographers. 

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The Photographers' Gallery

Free

The Photographers' Gallery always packs a punch. Previous exhibitors include Juergen Teller, Martin Parr and Faye Goodwin. It's Britain's leading centre for contemporary and historical photography, and also hosts the annual Photography Prize, one of the most coveted awards in the art world.

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V&A Photography Collection

Free

The Victoria & Albert Museum began acquiring photographs in 1852, and today The V&A Photography Collection is one of the largest and most important in the world, with more than 500,000 images by both classic and contemporary photographers.

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