If you are a real culture vulture and want to get a true taste of what London has to offer as regards the most sought-after exhibitions, then visit the West End when you next arrive in town. Whether West End when you next arrive in town. You prefer Old Masters or modern art, contemporary showpieces or Impressionist paintings; there will be a gallery which perfectly suits all bespoke requirements.
Maybe you are into fine sculptures, created with a loving hand, or perhaps prefer colourful, bright splashes on stark white tapestries. Whatever your preferences may be, you are bound to find something which catches your eye. The reason why the capital attracts such a diverse and wide ranging assortment of tourists is due to its cosmopolitan nature.
Any cuisine from around the world can be found in the capital, so if you are a keen jet-setter you can reminisce about your travels and get back that holiday feeling. If you are after a true taste of the Orient, then Chinatown is situated right next to the West End, so you can explore the delights of Piccadilly Circus and then stop off for a delicious bite to eat. Chinatown is full of independent restaurants, local supermarkets and wholesale suppliers, who all rely on passers-by for income.
But before you decide where to head for dinner and drinks, why not explore the many galleries dotted around the West End and immerse yourself in a world of beauty and splendour. Some of the most wonderful art galleries in the world are situated in London, and here are just a few of them:
The Barbican Art Gallery
From Turner prize-winning artists to acclaimed architects, as well as stars of photography and design, the Barbican presents major exhibitions by leading international figures. You should also take a look at the Barbican’s Curve, home to an exciting series of brand new art commissions, created exclusively for the space.
The National Gallery
London’s National Gallery is the crowning glory of Trafalgar Square. It is a vast space filled to the brim with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Discover works by masters such as da Vinci, Van Gogh, Constable, Botticelli, Renoir, Stubbs and Titian. Some exhibitions require tickets, so it is maybe advisable to book in advance.
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square is home to the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from Tudor times to the present day. As well as paintings of Shakespeare, kings and queens, and icons of the modern age, it also has a fantastic collection of photographs and one of the best roof-top restaurants in the region.
There is so much to take in at the Tate Britain. From landscapes by Turner, Francis Bacon’s distorted nudes and pre-Raphaelite paintings; there is something fascinating around every corner. The gallery is home to the largest collection of British art in the world. If you decide to dine at the gallery’s restaurant and you can study the famous Rex Whistler mural in more detail whilst you indulge in delicious gourmet delicacies.
Sitting proudly on the banks of the Thames is the stunning Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to it previously being used as a power station, but this just adds to its overall charm and quirkiness. The gallery’s restaurants offer unbeatable views which stretch right across the city. Remember that some exhibitions may be ticketed events.
Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery is also all about current art rather than traditional pieces, like the aforementioned Tate Modern. Work by younger artists or international artists are rarely exhibited in the United Kingdom, so this gives them a platform in which to showcase their wares and make a name for themselves. It will be renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art upon the retirement of owner Charles Saatchi, who has donated the gallery’s collection to the nation.
The Serpentine Gallery
Small but perfectly-formed, the Serpentine Gallery sits at the centre of Hyde Park. The gallery’s free exhibitions showcase international modern and contemporary art by legendary artists such as Chris Ofili and Andy Warhol. In summer, you cannot miss the annual architectural pavilion commission, as it has to be seen to be believed.
After a visit to some of the most well-known art galleries in the world, you will relish the thought of relaxing in a plush, spacious room, awaiting a home-cooked Full English breakfast in the morning. At the Piccadilly London West End Hotel you will immediately feel at ease with your surroundings and instantly relax. Five star customer service guarantees complete satisfaction every time, and if you have any specific requests then do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
For more information, or to make a booking, get in touch with the Piccadilly London West End Hotel on 020 7871 6000.