London has some of the finest art galleries and museums in the world. While most of the prominent ones are free to visit they rely on public funding, so when visiting any of the venues make it a point to leave a token amount as a donation. While their permanent exhibits are generally free, for special or temporary exhibitions there are admission charges at these venues.
Whether you are on business at the meeting rooms City of London or on holiday and staying at the London City Suites by Montcalm, if you are passionate about art, a visit to these major galleries is definitely not something to miss.
The benefit of staying at the Montcalm luxury hotel suites London is they offer easy access to the major galleries in central London. Some of the best free galleries to tick off on your bucket list include:
The National Gallery:
Those that keenly follow European art done by the masters will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the National Gallery. It has probably the finest collection of European artwork on the planet. It has in excess of 2,000 paintings by the most renowned European masters beginning from the 1300s to the 1900s. Located to the north of Trafalgar Square, the exteriors of the building are as impressive as the magnificent pieces of art it has in its collection.
National Portrait Gallery:
Just adjacent to the National Gallery is another iconic art gallery, the National Portrait Gallery. It was instituted in 1856 for the specific purpose to gather portraits of famous Britons from all spheres of British society. It has a massive 120,000 portraits starting from the 1600s to contemporary times. One of the earliest paintings that became part of its illustrious collection is a portrait of William Shakespeare.
The official national gallery of British art it is a short stroll from Westminster Abbey and located along the banks of Thames River. Its collection of artworks begins from the 1500s to modern times. It has the largest British art collection with works by famous artists like Turner, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Hogarth, Constable, Moore, Sickert, Hodgkin, Hirst among other celebrated British artists.
The sister art gallery of the Tate Britain in London is the Tate Modern, which is the leading art gallery of modern art in the country. Its collection begins from the 1900s to present times and consists of international art from the modern era. Some of the major artists’ works on display include Picasso, Dali, Rothko, Matisse and Warhol. Among the contemporary artists whose works are on display include Gilbert & George, Susan Hiller and Dorothy Cross among other well-known painters. Located across St Paul’s Cathedral and adjacent to the Thames, it is housed in a former Bankside power station.
The works on display at the Wallace Collection are the personal art collections of the four marquises of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. It has 25 galleries exhibiting some of the finest 18-century French art pieces, porcelain, an exquisite armoury, furniture and Old Masters artworks, among other priceless items. Its location is a short distance from Oxford Street.