Photography galleries and exhibitions in London

Whether you're a keen photographer or a budding amateur, or just enjoy admiring other people's creations, you'll love what's on offer at London's top photography galleries.
Brightly lit photography exhibition space with pictures hung up on the white walls and wooden floors.
Discover London's top photography galleries. Image courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery.

If you love getting snap-happy at London landmarks, take in the world-class London photography scene at museums and galleries across the capital.

Whether you're a whizz behind the lens or are just a fan of iconic images, there's sure to be a photography gallery in London to inspire you. Study a photography collection or check out the latest photography exhibition at independent and contemporary photography galleries in London.  

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.

Where: Soho (16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW)

V&A photography collection

A vast light-filled white hall at Victoria and Albert Museum, featuring  sculptures and statues on pedestals, artefacts on walls and a curved, glass roof.
Victoria and Albert Museum © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid

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.

Where: South Kensington (Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL)

Atlas Gallery

Blue sculptures and blue and black and white photographs on display at the Atlas Gallery in London.
Visit one of the capital's leading galleries for photography. Image courtesy of Atlas Gallery.

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.

Where: Marylebone (49 Dorset Street, W1U 7NF)

Huxley-Parlour

Colourful photographs exhibited in a white-walled and grey-floored gallery space at Huxley-Parlour in London.
Visit Huxley-Parlour to see contemporary and modern photography. Image courtesy of Huxley-Parlour, London.

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.

Where: Mayfair (3-5 Swallow Street, W1B 4DE and 45 Maddox Street, W1S 2PE)

MMX Gallery

Based in New Cross, south-east London, MMX Gallery showcases works both by established and emerging talents, as well as giving new life to archived works. Its roster champions British and international photographers who use freedom of expression in their works.

Where: New Cross (448 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY)

Hamiltons Gallery

Close-up of two photographs of trees ablaze on a grey wall as part of a photography exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery.
Images by Murray Fredericks as part of the 2022 BLAZE exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery. Image courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery.

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.

Where: Mayfair (13 Carlos Place, W1K 2EU)

Wren Gallery

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.

Where: Islington (39 Featherstone Street, EC1Y 8RE)

Michael Hoppen Gallery

Artwork named Codie Young, Blossom Fantasia, by Tim Walker, on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea.
See contemporary art at Chelsea's Michael Hoppen Gallery. Credit: Tim Walker. Image courtesy of 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.

Where: North Kensington (UNIT 10, Pall Mall Deposit, 124-128 Barlby Road, W10 6BL)

Photofusion Gallery

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.

Where: Brixton (27 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ)

Discover more photography exhibitions in London and be inspired by Visit London's Instagram page. Don't miss the Photo London contemporary photography event at Somerset House each year.

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