Art Galleries in London

London is full of famous sightseeing spots, but being such a global city it’s also full of great art galleries, which many tourists are coming to see. Galleries in London tend to feature a great deal of older European art, a lot of it very famous and valuable, along with some modern works as well. Some of the highlights include:

  • The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square: it was established as far back as 1824 with just 38 pictures; today it has thousands including well-known paintings from artists like van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Monet.
  • Tate Galleries across Britain now include the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern in London. The Tate Britain on Millbank houses a large collection of important British art dating from 1500, while the Tate Modern on Bankside includes international modern art.
  • The National Portrait Gallery opened in 1856 and is located next to the National Gallery. It features over ten thousand portraits including those of William Shakespeare, various royalty, Margaret Thatcher and John Lennon.
  • The Queen’s Gallery is located inside Buckingham Palace and shows the royal art collection – and since Queen Elizabeth II, the current patron of this gallery, dislikes all modern art, pretty much everything here is from before the twentieth century.

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