11 best art galleries in London

Discover some of London's best art galleries, including Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery and more.
Content contains affiliate links, marked with asterisks (*). If you click through and make a purchase, Visit London receives a commission – every purchase supports London’s jobs and economy.

Whether you love Old Masters or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to satisfy your cultural cravings.

Check out the latest exhibitions, find iconic works in famous London galleries, or explore the city's smaller art galleries for treasures.

Whether you're into fine art, sculpture, photography, contemporary works or arty events, you will find hidden gems in one of the capital's many intimate art spaces.

Find out which area of the city each gallery is in with this London attractions map.

The National Gallery Free

Explore the National Gallery's world-class works © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid
Home to one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, The National Gallery contains a “who’s who” of art icons – from Titian and Turner to Van Dyck and Van Gogh. This iconic gallery on Trafalgar Square also features blockbuster exhibitions: past shows have included Gaugin Portraits and Monet & Architecture. Book the Official National Gallery Highlights Tour.

Tate Modern Free

Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern. Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art has a unique design due to the building's previous life as a power station. Inside, you'll find temporary exhibitions by top artists from Damien Hirst to Gauguin and restaurants offering fabulous views across the city.

National Portrait Gallery Free

National Portrait Gallery. Image courtesy of Heart of London Business Alliance.
Trace life from the 16th century to the present day through more than 200,000 portraits in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Explore some of the best portrait paintings, photographs, prints and drawings in the world, including depictions of everyone from Queen Elizabeth I to Amy Winehouse.

Royal Academy of Arts

Walk through the gates off Piccadilly to the Annenberg Courtyard and into the Royal Academy of Arts. Founded in 1768, it's home to an ever-changing programme of exciting blockbuster exhibitions. Highlights include Queen Victoria's paintbox and the only Michelangelo sculpture in the UK.

Tate Britain Free

From Pre-Raphaelite paintings to landscapes by Turner and Francis Bacon's distorted nudes, there's lots to look at in Tate Britain. The gallery is home to the largest collection of British art in the world. Eat at the gallery's restaurant and study the famous Rex Whistler mural between mouthfuls!

Hayward Gallery

Housed within the brutalist Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery is one of London's leading contemporary art galleries. Be captivated by boundary-pushing and thought-provoking shows from some of the world's most adventurous artists, as part of the year-long programme of exhibitions.

Barbican Art Gallery

From acclaimed architects to Turner prize-winning artists, as well as stars of design and photography, the Barbican Art Gallery presents major exhibitions by leading international figures. You should also check out the Barbican's Curve, home to an exciting series of new art commissions created for the space.

Prices from £10.00

Saatchi Gallery Free

Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery is all about contemporary art, with work by young artists or international artists rarely exhibited in the UK. It will be renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art, London upon the retirement of owner Charles Saatchi, who has donated the gallery's collection to the nation.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Head to pretty Dulwich in south London, where you’ll find works by the likes of Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Canaletto at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Alongside its collection of Baroque masterpieces, England’s first purpose-built gallery hosts regular exhibitions spanning many art movements and mediums.
Prices from £15.00

Serpentine Galleries Free

Small but perfectly formed, the Serpentine Galleries sit in the middle of Hyde Park. The galleries' free exhibitions showcase international modern and contemporary art by world-famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Chris Ofili. In summer, don't miss the annual architectural pavilion commission.

Whitechapel Gallery Free

The Whitechapel Gallery champions contemporary art. Founded in 1901 to bring art to the people of east London, it is now internationally acclaimed for its exhibitions, education and event programmes. In the past, the gallery premiered artists such as Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Explore by category