If you would like to explore the culture that London’s West End has to offer, then a gallery trip is an ideal day out for you. Ranging from the classic to the contemporary, here a few galleries that are well worth a visit in London’s West End.
The National Gallery
This prestigious gallery stands as a piece of art in itself, with its beautifully ornate architecture. It also houses over two thousand paintings. Works range from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, this historical collection of paintings include classic masterpieces by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci.
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery features the largest collections of portraits in the world, guaranteeing that you’ll be looking into the eyes of characters throughout history. Ranging from the 16th century to present, this vast collection of 200,000 paintings, spread across the Primary collection, Photographs Collection and Reference Collection, is a real treat to explore.
Royal Academy of Arts
This acclaimed gallery has hosted real, ground breaking artists, and is known for holding fantastic exhibitions. As one of the oldest fine arts institutions in Britain, this is a must-visit for those wanting to visit the exhibitions by the best in the art-sphere.
Located just behind the Royal Academy of Arts lives the Pace Gallery, exhibiting some of the most celebrated names in contemporary art, from the 20th and 21st century, such as James Turrell. This gallery also plays a great part in hosting new comers into the industry.
The Strand Gallery
Formerly known as The Proud Gallery, this gallery features a variety of contemporary art exhibitions, ranging in form from visual art to creative media.
The Photographers’ Gallery
Being the biggest photography gallery in London, this three floor gallery features an extensive range of international and British pieces, from artist such as Robert Capa, Taryn Simon, Corinne Day and Martin Parr.
This contemporary gallery, exhibits work from the past few decades, featuring works from successful artists such as Laila Shawa, Aubrey Williams and Gerald Wilde. When the October Gallery first opened in 1979, it was the first gallery in London to feature contemporary art from all around the world. There is now work displayed by artists from over 80 countries, and this gallery will continue to progress and exhibit art work that pushes boundaries.