London's top commercial art galleries exhibit works by world-famous modern artists as well as showcasing new and emerging talent. With exhibits ranging from the brilliant to the bizarre, you're sure to find something to suit your taste in one of the capital's contemporary art galleries.
As many of the galleries are in unusual suburban locations, it's also a chance to explore areas of London off the traditional tourist trail.
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.
Showcasing an ever-changing programme of contemporary art, London's Gagosian Gallery, owned by Larry Gagosian, is one of 11 worldwide. The large, airy space has exhibited big names including Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein. All art is for sale.
A gallery that strives to be unconventional, Lazarides sells "outsider art" and represents photographers, sculptors, agent provocateurs and even taxidermists! With a private viewing space for new works, the gallery also runs Shop at Lazarides, selling limited-edition prints, books and originals at affordable prices.
Established in 1977, Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair showcases the best modern masters as well as up-and-coming photographers. Previous exhibitions, by artists such as Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Tomio Seike, demonstrate the diversity of modern photography. All imagery on show is for sale.
Founded as an artists' exhibition space, the Lisson Gallery was the first in London to promote American minimalist art in the 60s, and has always been a platform for emerging contemporary artists, as well as more established Turner Prize winners. Shows are always thought-provoking and often represent artists who challenge the status quo.
Hauser & Wirth
Exhibiting a huge variety of contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy, Hauser & Wirth sits in an elegant Edwardian building on Piccadilly. One of Europe's leading international galleries, the oak-panelled space feels pleasingly different to the stark white walls of most contemporary galleries.
Phillips de Pury
One of the biggest auction houses and art dealerships in the world, Phillips de Pury also holds selling exhibitions in contemporary art and photography, as well as design and jewellery, at its London gallery, located in a former Victorian post office. Phillips de Pury has a second exhibition space at Claridge's hotel.
Located in a converted Victorian furniture factory between Hoxton and Islington, Victoria Miro exhibits a collection of avant-garde pieces by artists such as Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili. The gallery's aim is to promote innovative artists and nurture new talent. Look out for the unique garden used by installation artists such as Yayoi Kusama.