Smaller London Art Galleries

London's smaller art galleries are full of hidden treasures.

They may be small, but you can still see everything from Old Masters to the latest modern art in London's smaller art galleries. Whether you're into fine art, sculpture, photography, contemporary works or arty events, you will find hidden gems to satisfy your artistic interests in one of London's more intimate art spaces.

From Impressionist masterpieces to contemporary sculpture, their collections offer just as much as London's more famous art galleries.


Dedicated to contemporary art, Calvert22 is the first London-based, not-for-profit organisation to promote works from Russia and Eastern Europe. Founded by the Russian art collector Nonna Materkova, Calvert22 is committed to bringing exciting established and emerging artists from this region to the London art scene.

Camden Arts Centre

Originally a library, this grade-II listed building became an arts centre in the 1960s, and has been a world-class contemporary visual arts space ever since. At Camden Arts Centre you can see up-and-coming as well as established artists, enjoy free exhibitions and take part in artist-led courses and activities.

Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is home to Impressionist and Post-impressionist masterpieces as well as earlier paintings and drawings. Displayed in the elegant Somerset House, world-famous artists from Monet and Botticelli to Van Gogh sit alongside a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery was England's first purpose-built art gallery. Dating back to 1811, the lush interiors are the perfect setting for one of the world's most important collections of European Old Master paintings. Dating from 1600s to the 1700s, the collection includes works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Poussin and Canaletto.

Estorick Collection

If Italian art is your thing, head to the Estorick Collection. Home to a collection of paintings and sculpture by 20th century Italian artists, there are also Futurist works by Balla, Boccioni and Severini, plus a selection of figurative art and sculpture. The Estorick is housed in a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion.

Guildhall Art Gallery

Discover the art collection of the City of London Corporation at the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre. The Gallery was established in 1886 as, "a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city". See works dating from 1670, including 17th-century portraits and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.

Louise Blouin Foundation

The Louise Blouin Foundation in Shepherd's Bush hosts exhibitions, installations, performances and screenings by established and emerging artists, and also runs lectures, debates and events. A philanthropic organisation, its aim is to use culture and creativity as a catalyst for positive change. Admission is free.

Pump House Gallery

Located on the lakeside in Battersea Park, the Pump House Gallery is a visual arts exhibition space. Built in 1861 as a Victorian water tower, the Pump House now exhibits established and emerging contemporary art. The gallery also runs talks and workshops. Admission is free.

Queen's Gallery

Dedicated to works of art from the Royal Collection, The Queen's Gallery was constructed 40 years ago at Buckingham Palace, out of the bomb-damaged ruins of a chapel. In addition to gems from the Royal Collection (which is held in trust by the Queen for the nation), there's a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.

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South London Gallery

With an international reputation for its exhibitions and live art events, the South London Gallery is an important contemporary art space in London. A renowned platform for young artists, the gallery has also shown the likes of Tracey Emin, Mark Quinn and Julian Schnabel. Exhibitions and many events are free.

The Wallace Collection

Located in an historic London townhouse, which was once the grand home of Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, The Wallace Collection is one of the capital's most sumptuous national museums. Inside you can see furniture, porcelain and a world-class armoury alongside art by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Velàquez.

White Cube

White Cube Gallery in Mason's Yard exhibits a range of works by internationally recognised contemporary artists, such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn. A newer and larger sister gallery White Cube Bermondsey brings contemporary art to South East London.