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 love being behind the lens or are just a fan of iconic images, there's sure to be a photography gallery in London or a photography collection to inspire you. Explore eclectic talent at The Photographers' Gallery, view seminal images from the Victoria and Albert Museum's photography collection or see the latest photography exhibition at small-scale, independent and contemporary photography galleries in London.
Discover the best spaces for photography exhibitions in London below, and be inspired by Visit London's Instagram page.
The Photographers' Gallery
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 founded the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, one of the most coveted awards in the art world.
V&A photography collection
Having acquired photographs from as far back as 1852, the V&A photography collection is one of the largest and most important in the world, with more than 800,000 images by both classic and contemporary photographers. It's housed within the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the top museums for art and design on the planet.
In its former guise as Beetles+Huxley, this Mayfair gallery focused solely on photography in all its facets, from established masters to cutting-edge contemporary artists. Today, as Huxley-Parlour, the gallery showcases other mediums, but contemporary and modern photography remain at its heart.
Perched elegantly on a Marylebone street corner, 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, and hosts around six exhibitions every year.
Equally as stylish as its neighbour The Connaught Hotel, Hamiltons Gallery specialises in international photographers, representing sought-after masters such as Irving Penn and Helmut Newton. But local heroes, such as London-born war photographer Sir Don McCullin, are also put under the spotlight.
Michael Hoppen Gallery
A major presence in the international photography community, Chelsea's 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.
Find the latest contemporary photographers at Wren Gallery. Opened in 2018, this intimate gallery brings east London’s cutting-edge arts and design scene into focus, hosting works by a range of artists whose work revolves around themes and specific projects.
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.