Best art galleries in London

A quick guide to London's art galleries, including Tate Modern, the National Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery and more.

Whether you love Old Masters or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to suit you.

London's smaller art galleries are full of hidden treasures. 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. Find out which area of the city each gallery is in using the London Attractions Map.

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.

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British Museum Free

Great Court at British Museum
British Museum - Great Court
The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets. Read More

Royal Academy of Arts

Explore world-class displays of art and architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts. Founded in 1768, it's the oldest fine arts institution in Britain. Free exhibitions celebrate the RA's history as a leading arts school and contemplate what makes a great artist. Some exhibitions require tickets. Read More

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.

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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.

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Serpentine Gallery Free

Small but perfectly formed, the Serpentine Gallery sits in the middle of Hyde Park. The gallery's 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.

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Victoria and Albert Museum Free

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list goes on. Some exhibitions require tickets Read More

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 you can study the famous Rex Whistler mural between mouthfuls!

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Tate Modern Free

Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to its previously being a power station. Inside you'll find temporary exhibitions by top artists from Damien Hirst to Gauguin. The gallery's restaurants offer fabulous views across the city. Entry is free.

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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 events programmes. In the past, the gallery premiered artists such as Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

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