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Explore modern and contemporary art from around the world

See some of the world’s most exciting modern and contemporary art at Tate Modern. Enjoy innovative works that have shaped art as we know it. Our gallery is free to visit. On display are paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations from artists around the world including Pablo Picasso , Yayoi Kusama and Henri Matisse . Explore the iconic Turbine Hall alongside our underground Tanks, a striking space dedicated to live performances and video.

Members enjoy unlimited free entry to exhibitions with no need to book. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms still requires a free Members ticket, given the show’s special and intimate scale.

Find out what changes we’ve made to keep you safe .

Capturing The Moment

A journey through painting and photography

Philip Guston

One of the 20th century’s most captivating painters responds to a world in turmoil

Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind

Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono

Performer and Participant

Discover how artists working between the 1960s and the 1990s opened up new spaces for participation

Materials and Objects

Discover artists from Tate's collection who have embraced new and unusual materials and methods

Interested in a tour of the collection?

Media networks.

See how artists in Tate’s collection have responded to the impact of mass media

Tate Members

Free entry to every exhibition.

Cycle hire docking stations are located at New Globe Walk (320 metres), Sumner Street (320 metres) Southwark Street (480 metres). Find availability on Transport For London .

To park your own bike, parking spots are available on Holland Street (160 metres), New Globe Walk (320 metres) and Sumner Street (320 metres). See all parking spots on Active Things .

Routes 40, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road Route 381 stop on Southwark Street Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road

Check TFL before you travel for any changes to their services.

Blackfriars 300 metres from the South exit; 800 metres from the North exit. Cannon Street 1,000 metres approx London Bridge 1,100 metres approx. Waterloo 1,280 metres approx.

Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx Blackfriars: District and Circle Line, 800 metres approx St Paul's: Central Line, 1,100 metres approx.

You can also use this webapp to make your journey during quiet times.

Travel direct between Tate Britain at Millbank Pier and Tate Modern at Bankside Pier with the Tate to Tate – RB2 service.

The RB2 service runs every 30 minutes. Check Thames Clipper for the latest timetable .

A drop off / pick up point is situated on Holland Street, just outside the main entrance.

There are no parking facilities at Tate Modern or in the surrounding streets. Public transport is the easiest way of getting to the gallery.

A drop off / pick up point is situated on Southwark Street, a short walk from the main entrance.

Entry details

Entry to the collection is free for everyone. Booking is recommended for exhibitions.

Exhibition entry

  • Members and Supporters enjoy free exhibition entry – no need to book, just turn up with your card. Yayoi Kusama:Infinity Mirror Rooms still requires a free Member ticket given the show’s special and intimate scale
  • Visitors with a disability pay a concessionary rate, and entrance for companions is free
  • Visitors aged 16–25 can join Tate Collective to access £5 exhibition tickets
  • Up to four children aged 11 and under go free per parent or guardian
  • £5 family child tickets are available for children aged 12–18 years

For more information see our Booking and Ticketing FAQs .

Entry is via the Turbine Hall ramp or via the Blavatnik Building.

Bag size policy

Bags and items larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) are not permitted in the building. Potentially dangerous objects are also not permitted.

Skateboards, scooters, and folding bike policy

Electric skateboards, scooters and folding bikes are not permitted in the building. Non-electric skateboards, scooters and folding bikes are permitted but must be stored in the cloakroom. Cloakroom capacity is limited, so we regret that at busy times we may not be able to accept these items.

We take security very seriously and work closely with Police Project Servator teams . You can read more about our approach to safety and rules for the gallery .

Last entry 17.30, galleries start closing 17.50

Tate Modern visual story

A step-by-step visual and written guide to help you plan your visit to Tate Modern

Visit Tate Modern with your family

Plan your visit to Tate Modern with our family visiting tips and FAQs

School visits to Tate Modern

Explore art and ideas to take ownership of the gallery

A guide to slow looking

Be amazed by the discoveries you can make when you look for longer at art

Visiting tips for social care professionals

Information and resources to help social care professionals plan a visit to Tate

Cafe, Bar, Venue

Terrace Shop

Discover a range of artist books, designer collaborations, jewellery and prints

See your drawings come to life using our digital sketch pads at Tate Modern

Granville-Grossman Members Bar

Pop in to our lively bar and enjoy a spectacular view of London

Seasonal menu with stunning views of London’s skyline

Level 1 Members Bar

Relax, recharge, and refuel in our exclusive Members Bar

Accessible car parking

Wheelchair and mobility scooter provision, facilities at tate modern, assistance dogs, blind and visually impaired visitors, deaf and hard of hearing visitors, dyslexic visitors, epilepsy and seizures, communication cards, access events.

There are twelve parking spaces for disabled visitors, accessed via Park Street. Please book these spaces at least 24 hours in advance.

To book accessible parking:

Email [email protected]

  • Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 1 (daily 10.30–17.00)

Our phone line supports the use of speech recognition apps

Your name, contact details, vehicle registration number, date and time of visit are required to make the booking for an accessible parking space

Once you have parked, enter via the South Entrance of the Blavatnik Building across the level terrace, approximately 30 – 60 metres from the parking spaces. Two RADAR Key operated lifts link the South Entrance on Level 1 and the Ticket desks in the Turbine Hall. RADAR keys are available from staff at the South Entrance on Level 1 and ticket desks on Level 0.

If you have booked a mobility scooter or wheelchair, these can also be collected from the South Entrance.

Entrance is via the Turbine Hall or via the Blavatnik Building from Park Street.

To borrow a wheelchair or walker you can either book in advance or ask a member of staff on arrival (subject to availability). Reservation is free.

To borrow a mobility scooter please book at least 24 hours in advance of visiting. Reservation is free but you must have driven a mobility scooter before.

Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 1 (daily 10.00–17.00) Our phone line supports the use of speech recognition app

Your name, contact details, date and time of visit are required to make the booking

Fully accessible toilets are located on every floor on the concourses.

A Changing Places toilet is available on Level 0 of the Natalie Bell Building. You can access the toilet using a RADAR key. RADAR keys are available from the tickets desk on Level 0 and from staff at the South entrance on Level 1.

  • Plenty of room for carers
  • Full room coverage electric hoist equipment
  • Height adjustable changing bench
  • Height adjustable wash hand basin
  • Non-slip floor
  • Privacy screen

Baby changing facilities

  • The Baby Care Room is located on Level 0 Natalie Bell Building.
  • Additional nappy-changing facilities are available in toilets on levels 0 to 5.
  • There are four lifts in the Natalie Bell Building, by the main stairs on each floor. You can reach the lifts from the Turbine Hall. These lifts are being prioritised for people who are not able to use the stairs or escalators
  • There are eight lifts in the Blavatnik Building, situated by the main stairs on each floor
  • Two RADAR Key operated lifts link the South Entrance on Level 1 and the Ticket desks in the Turbine Hall on Level 0. RADAR keys are available from staff at the South Entrance on Level 1, and from the cloakroom and ticket desks on Level 0
  • There are seats and benches throughout the gallery.
  • Folding seats are available – just ask a member of staff or pick up a stool from the racks located on the concourses on levels 2, 3 and 4.

Water fountains

Water Fountains are located next to the toilets in the Natalie Bell building on Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.

There is also a water dispenser in the Espresso Bar in the Natalie Bell building on Level 3.

Food and Drink

There are opportunities to buy food and drink at Tate Modern:

  • The Espresso Ba r on Level 3 in the Natalie Bell Building
  • The Kitchen and Bar on Level 6 in the Natalie Bell Building
  • The Terrace Café on Level 1 in the Blavatnik Building

Tate Modern shops

There are opportunities to visit the shops at Tate Modern:

  • The River Shop on Level 1 in the Natalie Bell Building
  • The Terrace Shop on Level 1 in the Blavatnik Building
  • The Turbine Hall Shop on Level 0 in the Natalie Bell Building

Member Facilities

The Members Bar is located on Level 5 Natalie Bell Building, accessible by lift from Level 4.

Multi-Faith and Contemplation Room

A multi-faith and contemplation room is available in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4, off room 2 of the Materials and Objects display. This is a designated space for worship and prayer, as well as quiet and reflection. All are welcome to use this room.

The quiet room is currently being refurbished and will remain closed until further notice. When on site, please ask a member of staff who can contact a manager for assistance.

We welcome guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs in the gallery. Drinking bowls are available at the Turbine Hall entrance – just ask a member of staff.

To help plan your visit to Tate Modern, have a look at our visual story . It includes photographs and information of what you can expect from a visit to the gallery.

When you get to the gallery, ear defenders can be borrowed from the Ticket desks.

A quiet room is available to use in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4, off room 7 of the Materials and Objects display. This room is for neurodiverse people, families or anyone who would like to spend some quiet time away from the gallery environment.

Loud noises, flashing lights, smoke effects and strobe lighting feature in some artworks.

For more information before your visit contact us on:

Large print guides

Large print guides are available for all exhibitions.

You can access printed versions in the gallery:

  • Ask a member of staff the exhibition entrance.

You can access PDF versions on our website:

  • Visit the relevant exhibition page and click on the blue box 'Read the exhibition guide'; click on the 'Download large print guide' button near the top of the page to read the guide or to save a copy to your device.

Large print captions are currently not available for the permanent collection.

Magnifiers and Coloured Overlays

Magnifiers and coloured overlays are from all exhibition entrances. Please ask a member of the team for more information.

Hearing loops

The ticket desks are fitted with a hearing loop.

  • Coloured overlays and magnifiers are available. Ask a member of staff for more information.
  • Large print captions are available in all exhibitions. Ask a member of staff at the exhibition entrance.

Communication cards provide a means of visual, or nonverbal, communication.

You can use our communication cards to ask for directions to facilities in the gallery. These include toilet, café, seating, shop, quiet room, and exit. Show one of the cards to a member of Tate staff if you need to be shown to one of these places.

You can download these cards and print at home or save as a PDF on your portable device. There are two colour versions, with white or yellow background. Use whichever version you find easiest to read.

  • Print at home communication cards (white) 36.22 Kb
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  • Digital communication cards (white) 36.65 Kb
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Tate is grateful to Anna Farley who initiated and championed the development of these communication cards. Anna is an autistic artist who makes work exploring her autism, UK disability culture and inclusion.

View upcoming access events at Tate Modern .

BSL interpretation, captioning and audio descriptions are also offered where possible.

You can find the accessibility statement for our website here .

For queries about:

  • mobility scooter reservations
  • wheelchair reservations
  • accessible car park reservations
  • membership and ticketing services

Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 – option 1 (daily 10.00–17.00)

  • general information to plan your visit

Email [email protected]

We want to make sure that all our galleries are welcoming and accessible, your feedback will helps us to continue improving.

If you would like to leave us a comment about your visit or your experience of our website you can send your thoughts to us in the email templates below:

  • Accessibility at Tate Britain
  • Website feedback

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Plan your visit

The National Gallery is free to visit

Booking is recommended

Open daily 10am–6pm and Friday until 9pm (Closed 24–26 December and 1 January)

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Free exhibitions are included with Gallery entry.

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NG200 - Celebrating 200 years of the National Gallery

We are making some exciting changes to the building: providing a first-class welcome for you and millions of visitors each year, creating a dedicated space for our Members and supporters, and upgrading our Learning and Research facilities.

These changes will help more people get closer to the collection.

While the Sainsbury Wing is closed, many of the paintings have been redisplayed across the Gallery. We strongly recommend you book a ticket online ahead of your visit to the Gallery and please check the floorplan for up-to-date room closures and the painting pages for the current location of our paintings.

Thank you for bearing with us while we prepare for our Bicentenary celebrations.

Find out more about NG200.

We have several entrances. Our main, free Gallery entrance is the Portico , with step-free access at the Getty Entrance . All doors into the Gallery have walk-through metal detectors where we inspect bags and rucksacks.

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Portico Entrance

Our main entrance, the Portico , is at the centre of the Gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square. 

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Getty Entrance

The Getty Entrance is on the east side of Trafalgar Square and is for visitors with an exhibition ticket; Members and Supporters priority; visitors with mobility access requirements; and pre-booked groups. It has step-free access. 

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The Keeper of Paintings and the Palette of Perception

Eat and drink.

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Our beautiful restaurant Ochre offers a contemporary European menu ranging from weekend brunch to afternoon tea and dinner. There's also a lively cocktail bar, intimate private dining room, and special live music events.

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Muriel's Kitchen

Our café by Muriel's Kitchen offers seasonal salads and proteins, quiches and hot main meals, alongside cakes and patisseries, all prepared fresh every day.

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Espresso Bar by Muriel's

The Espresso Bar by Muriel's serves artisan coffee and a selection of freshly prepared pre-packaged sandwiches, seasonal salads and baked goods.

Every single purchase you make from us supports the National Gallery. Visit our shops or shop online.  

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Shop in-store 

Complete your Gallery experience with a visit to our shop . You’ll find our exclusive gifts and souvenirs in our shop by the Portico Entrance. 

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Shop online

Shop online for Gallery gifts and art books and have them delivered straight to your home or click and collect when you visit. 

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From our walls to yours 

Customise an image of your favourite painting and choose a frame, size and material. Made bespoke to your order and delivered to your door.  

Shop for prints

Facilities and amenities

We aim to make access to the paintings enjoyable and welcoming to the widest possible public.

For more detail on what you can expect from a visit, please see our   visual story .

The cloakroom costs £2 per item to use (free for Members). We accept bags up to 56 x 25 x 45 cm. Wheeled luggage, including cabin bags, and suitcases are not allowed. You are welcome to bring baby buggies into the Gallery. 

There are toilet and baby changing facilities inside the entrance.

Explore the collection

Explore the nation's collection before you visit or download the Smartify app for information on the go.

Connect to our free WiFi - look for ‘National Gallery’. Read our terms of use .


Feel free to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use, unless a sign says you shouldn't.

Safety and hygiene

To ensure your safety and that of our visitors and staff, the National Gallery remains committed to the following safety measures

Face coverings

Visitors are welcome to wear a face covering in the National Gallery. You may be asked to lower it temporarily when you pass through our security checks.

Cleaning and hygiene

We continue to thoroughly clean all parts of the Gallery and there are hand-sanitiser stations located throughout.

If you're feeling unwell

If you display symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so.

Getting here

Please follow the latest guidelines on travel and public transport..

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Plan your journey on the TFL website .

Getting here by:, parking for:.

There is a parking space on Orange Street for Blue Badge holders only. Please book in advance by calling 020 7747 2885.

There are designated parking bays on St Martin's Street. Please phone Westminster Parking Information Service on 020 7823 4567 for more information.

Public car parks are available nearby in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square .

The nearest bike stands are on Orange Street, St Martin's Street, St Martin's Place, and Duncannon Street.

The nearest Santander Cycles docking stations are on St Martin's Street, Craven Street, Pall Mall East, William IV Street, Charles II Street and Oxendon Street. Please check TFL for up-to-date information about nearby Santander Cycle docking stations.

Visiting guidelines

To help us keep the Gallery a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please follow the guidelines listed in our Visitor Admissions Policy .

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An Art Lover’s Guide to London in 24 Hours

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Home to world-class museums and galleries, London is an art lover’s paradise, but when you only have 24 hours, where do you start?

A mini-guide to london museums, 1. tate modern.

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One of the first London galleries to challenge the art museum model, Gagosian Britannia Street opened in 2004 in the middle of the King’s Cross development. The former garage was transformed into 1,400 square metres (15,069 square feet) of naturally lit gallery space by architects Caruso St John, who also designed The New Art Gallery in Walsall. The three interconnecting spaces lend themselves perfectly for ambitious exhibition projects by gallery artists, so expect to see immersive painting installations by Katharina Grosse or be dwarfed by Richard Serra’s monumental steel works.

5. Sadie Coles HQ

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Take a street-art tour

Discover the street-art-laden East End of London, with a walking tour that takes in some of the area’s most famous art. Shoreditch Street Art Tours is one of the best as the company keeps up to date with the freshest work in the area. The tour operator will also teach you about the history of Shoreditch through its contemporary artists.

Dine at these arty restaurants

6. marksman.

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Marksman Public House, London

Named Michelin Pub of the Year in 2017, the Marksman was given both a culinary and interiors revamp by chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram in 2015. The duo, with their acclaimed experience at St John and Fifteen respectively, has created a simple yet innovative menu that includes the delectable beef and barley buns served with horseradish. Make sure to check out the Martino Gamper-designed dining room upstairs, where the restaurant hosts regular cookbook dinners with guest chefs.

7. Andrew Edmunds

Restaurant, European

Andrew Edmunds

Have a dining experience as if Francis Bacon still strutted around Soho at this charming bistro-esque haunt. Since 1986, the restaurant, which is spread over two floors of an 18th-century townhouse, has been serving up traditional dishes like roast grouse with bread sauce, and pear and sherry trifle. Booking is essential. If you have time, peruse Andrew Edmunds Prints & Drawings next door, which specialises in English and French 18th- to 19th-century satirical and unusual works.

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10 Best Art Museums In London That Offer Captivating And Inspiring Journey Through Masterpieces

Let's check out some of the best museums in London, a top tourist destination with a thriving arts scene and exceptional theater performances.

  • London is a vibrant city with a rich history, incredible arts scene, and diverse population. Visitors should explore the world-class museums and theater performances.
  • The selected hotels are conveniently located near London's top tourist destinations and offer amenities for a comfortable stay based on positive reviews.
  • From the Bank of England Museum to the National Gallery, London is home to some of the best museums in the world, showcasing impressive collections and offering free entry.

London is one of the most visited cities in the world , hosting about 20 million visitors annually. It’s home to tons of history , a diverse population, incredible food, and wild nightlife. Every visitor to modern London should take in the vibrant arts scene. It’s no surprise that a city awash in history like London should have some of the world’s greatest museums and best theater performances. There is so much to see in this city ; walk along Southbank to pass the National Theatre, British Film Institute, and Tate Modern. Purchase tickets to see renowned musicals playing in the West End theaters. As an alternative, relax in some of the finest hotels , take in some culinary delights, look to cross off bucket list sites, or go to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for a night of lavish entertainment.

The hotels on this list have been carefully selected based on how close they are to London's museums and other tourist destinations. They guarantee that they offer all the amenities required for a relaxing and enjoyable stay based on thorough research and positive reviews from previous visitors on websites like Kayak.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Bank of England

A fine interactive and educational museum that is free to visit. There is a lot to discover about British history and economics. It offers a fascinating look at how the Bank of England has shaped monetary policy and currency since its founding in 1694. Interesting options to keep young visitors entertained (either drawing or hunting for clues), resulting in a nice "gold" ingot pin and a few interactive exhibits. The million-pound note and gold bar are just two memorable displays.

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10 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ

The Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery is a beautifully curated gallery in London. It is one of the best places for fans of Impressionism. Tucked away in the beautiful Somerset House, this exquisite museum showcases an impressive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern art. It's not that big of a gallery compared to others in London , but the grounds are big and beautiful, especially when sunny. The gallery's focus on French art includes remarkable works by Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. On the top floor, there are captivating paintings by Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, and more. Lastly, there is a Lovely gift shop and cafe too in the center of the square.

30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH

The British Library

The library is super expansive, with many reading rooms. The first noticeable thing is the massive, imposing construction and British design with Scandinavian influence. Inside there is an eerie of peacefulness due to the open and elegant interior architecture design. Spend a few hours here, take a rest, and read a book in the middle of exploring London.

71-91 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DD

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British Museum

One of the top museums on the planet. Visitors could easily spend hours here sifting through the vast collections and getting lost in the fascinating galleries that are a great place to get lost in history. Although visiting the museum is free, there are numerous reminders to make a donation to keep it running. The exhibits are arranged neatly and offer helpful background information.

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20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HD

Camden Arts Center

In the middle of Finchley Road's bustle, there is a tiny haven of nature and artwork. The café is flawless, and the exhibition spaces are lovely. There is always a younger artist in the other spaces and a more experienced body of work in the main galleries. With kid-friendly art-related activities, the center is also family-friendly. The café has a cozy feeling because, despite being quite busy, it is quiet—a pleasant location to spend an hour.

128 King Henry's Road, London, NW3 3ST

Natural History Museum

Exceptionally great museum with something for everyone. Some of the visitors' favorites include the mineral and gem exhibit and the mammal exhibit. The architecture is unmatched; the building is genuinely stunning from the inside out.

2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS

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Cartoon Museum

It is a sizable, eccentric museum with helpful staff and historical cartoons to view. The focus is political satire, plus it is free for those under 18 and a wonderful location to spend time in. They have a small additional exhibit on a graphic novelist, his process, and his comics over time. It is motivational to observe how his mind operated and how he wrote his novels.

190 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5EX

Barbican Art Gallery

Beautiful art gallery with exhibitions that are well-curated, spread out over two floors, on level 2 of the Barbican Center. Even though some of the exhibitions can be a little esoteric and eclectic, the majority are worth seeing. The gallery presents exhibitions with a theme. Unless you are a Barbican member, entry is paid. Additionally, it is a lovely location to take in the Brutalist architecture surrounding their water feature, as well as the St Giles-without-Cripplegate in the opposite corner.

40 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4DJ

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden, one of London's more interesting neighborhoods , has a theme that is complemented by London Transport Museum. In a stunning building that was once a flower market in Covent Garden, there is a small but very interesting museum that both children and adults enjoy visiting. The museum's three floors showcase the evolution of London's various modes of transportation through time. Everything gets its fair share, from carriages and boats to trains, buses, and the tube. They have a number of interactive features that provide thorough information and are presented in a very adorable and playful way.

Strand, 189, London, WC2R 0EU

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National Gallery

An impressive collection of well-known painters' works, including unforgettable masterpieces by Van Gogh, can be found at the National Gallery. There is no admission charge, similar to many museums in the UK, and a visit is unquestionably worthwhile. The cafeteria, gift shop, and restaurant inside the gallery make it even more appealing.

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8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

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Things to Do in London if you’re an Art Lover

Dynamic, diverse and utterly brimming with creativity and culture, London ticks all the boxes for when you’re feeling crafty and artistic. From hundreds of unique art galleries to workshops of every kind, the city has heaps of brilliant artsy activities to get stuck into. Here’s our list of the top eight things to do if you love art and want to embrace your creative side.

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Friends chatting and doing art work at a MYO class which is one of the top things to do in London if you love art

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Explore your creativity at a M.Y.O class

M.Y.O offers a range of crafty classes in London designed to help unleash your creativity and explore your inner child. None of the M.Y.O classes require any previous experience, so they’re an excellent opportunity to try something completely new. They host seasonal classes like Christmas stocking making and festive wreath workshops, as well as the mainstays like lino printing, candle painting and embroidery. Oh, and they’re BYOB (bring your own booze), making them the perfect activity to do in London if you love art and are partial to a drink or two.

M.Y.O | Multiple Locations

The majestic Tate Modern Museum overlooking the bankside.

Make your way around London’s galleries

When it comes to art, London’s got it all. Whether you’re looking for classic or contemporary, the city is home to well over a thousand exhibition spaces and around 800 galleries, all featuring something unique. Tate Modern (WA) is the most famous place to go for contemporary art in the capital. At the same time, Tate Britain (WA) showcases the development of British art that has evolved from the 16th century to the present day. There’s also The Wallace Collection (WA) , where more than 5,500 of the most prestigious European paintings reside, and Mimosa House (WA) , an independent non-profit gallery that houses the work of female and queer artists worldwide. And the best bit? All of the places we just named have free entry.

We also LOVE a guided tour of the city’s best art galleries and museums, like this affordable tour where you’ll explore the National Gallery with an art expert .

Customer at a candle making call at Yougi which is one of the top things to do in London if you love art

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Get stuck into a candle-making workshop

These Candle Making Workshops with indie wellness brand Yougi offer the opportunity to make your very own eco-soy wax aromatherapy candle that you can take all the way back home with you. They have themed classes like the Christmas Candle Making Workshop , where you’ll infuse your candle with a blend of orange, cinnamon, tonka bean, cedar wood and frankincense essential oils; they describe it as ‘Christmas in a candle’. There’s also the Crystal Candle Making Workshop , where you’ll learn about aromatherapy and the crystals you’ll be using in the class, and the Aromatherapy Candle Making Class , which is all about fragrances and how to create your own blend of essential oils to add to your candle. All materials used in the classes are ethically sourced, cruelty-free, eco-friendly and 100% natural.

Candle Making Workshops at Yougi | Shoreditch 

Doodle bar on a busy evening

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Sip, eat and scribble at The Doodle Bar

If you’re the kind of person who finds yourself doodling on everything, you’ll love this bar in Bermondsey. The Doodle Bar is a laid-back bar and restaurant where they serve a tasty menu of burgers, like their aged beef burger with smoked applewood cheese, bacon, jalapeño relish and chipotle mayonnaise. But the best bit is the dedicated doodle wall where you can scribble away to your heart’s content while sipping on beers, wine and zingy cocktails. They also host occasional creative events and workshops.

The Doodle Bar | Bermondsey | WA

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Learn about the East End’s colourful street art scene

Since London’s street art movement in the ‘80s, when the capital was home to a thriving underground scene, the city has remained a canvas for eye-catching murals. You’ll find graffiti painted in every neighbourhood, especially in East London, and one of the best ways to experience it is by heading on this Street Art and Graffiti Guided Walking Tour . This particular tour will take you to some of the city’s trendiest areas, teaching you all about the history of the East End as you wander down streets and alleyways covered in colourful graffiti, much of it with a message behind it. You’ll get to see art by over 40 artists while learning about the area’s urban art and street art culture with a local guide.

Street Art and Graffiti Guided Walking Tour | Spitalfields | WA

Perfume being made at one of the workshops held by the Experimental Perfume Club

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Make your own perfume at The Experimental Perfume Club

In The Experimental Perfume Club’s workshops , you’ll get to create your very own scent that’s totally unique to you. They offer classes that take place at different times, so you’ll easily find something suitable. From the Apprentice Workshop , which is half a day and is essentially an introduction to perfumery, to the Expert Masterclass for those who want to dive even deeper and learn more about advanced perfumery skills. All classes are led by expert perfumers and are suitable for all levels.

Experimental Perfume Club | Covent Garden

Embroidery at a textile class at Fabrications is one of the things to do in London if you love art

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Get crafty at a Fabrications textiles class

The classes at Fabrications are designed to help you embark on a personal creative journey and learn all about the craft of textiles. You can get stuck into all sorts here, from learning how to use a sewing machine or hand sewing to hand embroidery, printing, and dyeing. All the staff hold a wealth of knowledge in their dedicated craft, so you’ll be learning alongside super-experienced teachers who will always be on hand to answer any questions and help lead the way.

Fabrications | London Fields

Customers showing off their art work after a session at Paint and Picasso.

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Channel your inner Picasso (with wine)

Pinot and Picasso offer painting classes in the heart of the buzzy East End. The clue is in the name: you get to sip on wine while you paint. What a dream. They run all kinds of different classes so you can paint something that you might actually want to hang up, ranging from ‘ Paint your Partner ’ to ‘Winter Wonderland ’ and ‘ Paint your Pet ’. It’s the perfect activity to get stuck into something creative while drinking wine and mingling with other like-minded people.

Pinot and Picasso | Shoreditch 

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The Best Places To See Art In London

two old trains with painted faces and a mural reading 'let's adore and endure each other'

The Best Places To See Art In London Culture / 11 months ago


By Christina Rose Brown

11 months ago

Christina Rose Brown's new guide, An Opinionated Guide To Art London , proves that there's a lot to love about our arty capital

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The Best Places To See Art In London

There’s a lot to love about London : vibrant bars , experimental restaurants , random pop-ups and flagship stores. There’s lots of museums and galleries , too – and lots and lots of exhibitions , immersive experiences, and opportunities to see street art around many a corner. But where to begin? How to root through the commotion and glean London’s best art spots from the hubbub? Christina Rose Brown ’s new An Opinionated Guide To Art London is a good place to start.

An Opinionated Guide To Art London – Extract

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What’s So Great About London’s Art Scene?

London’s got it all. It’s got more world-famous art museums, celebrated studios, high-end commercial galleries and avant-garde art schools than you can shake a paintbrush at. But, so what? Lots of cities around the world could say the same thing. New York hosts many of the most powerful (and wealthy) galleries, Miami’s got ultra-luxe art fairs and Paris has the grand, historic Louvre, so what makes London so special?

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Rana Begum’s Catching Colour’, 2022. The Line (c) Angus Mills

It is London’s subversive, rebellious streak that draws artists and art-lovers in like no other capital. Whether it’s punks in the 70s, the wild irreverence of the YBAs, the birth of Pop Art in the 50s or the Pre-Raphaelites’ orchestrating their radical shake-up of the art establishment in Victorian London, this city has always been one for challenging norms. All the best art pushes back at the status quo, forcing us to shake off our assumptions and see things anew – and that’s why London is the best place in the world to discover art.

From the ever-controversial Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, which showcases contemporary work on the grandest scale, to an outsider artist transforming discarded chewing gum into mini-masterpieces on the city streets, this counter-cultural dynamism still rules London’s art scene today. It’s home to some incredible galleries dedicated to amplifying marginalised voices, from Autograph championing anti-racist photography to QUEERCIRCLE ’s community-focused programme of LGBTQ+ artists.

One of the best things about London’s art is how much of it you can see for free. Most major museums, including both Tates and The National Gallery are proudly open to all, but what you might not know is that all the commercial galleries are also free to enter (even if the presence of security guards might suggest otherwise).

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L. Cornelissen & Son (c) Lesley Lau

If you do want to start your own collection and support some emerging artists, you can peruse affordable and collectable artists’ books at bookartbookshop or find electrifying prints from up-and-comers at Jealous Gallery . And for those who’d rather make their own, we’ve selected the best art supply shops and classes so you can gather all the tools and knowledge you need for a major magnum opus.

When you know where to look, you’ll see that art is seeped into every nook and cranny of this city. In fact, London has so much to offer it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of temporary exhibitions and open studios there are to see, so let us guide you to the very best, the sometimes missed and the most inspiring art in London. Whether you’re a gallery-hopper looking for something a little bit different, a wannabe collector, aspiring painter or just a little bit art-curious, this city has some-thing for you. It’s time to put on your shoes, dust off your oil paint sand – with this book in hand – get ready to take on the (art) world.

Where To See Art In London

Where to see grand collections.

Kenwood House and The Wallace Collection have lavish collections in stately-home settings. For a grand tour of Western art, head to the National Gallery. Alternatively, the perfectly preserved Sir John Soane’s Museum is as eccentric today as it was two hundred years ago.

Spots For Discovering New Artists in London

You might not have heard of Guts Gallery , TJ Boulting or The Approach but these are the galleries to go to if you long to discover artists on the ascent. Regular group shows at the Sarabande Foundation are a great way to see the next generation of pioneering creatives.

Where To Find Affordable Art in London

There are plenty of places to buy art in London that don’t require a trust fund. Pick up reasonably priced prints at Jealous Gallery and Print Club London , limited editions from established artists at Studio Voltaire and one-of-a-kind artists’ books from bookartbookshop.

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Sir John Soane’s Museum (c) Gareth Gardner

The Best Art Trails In London

For a leisurely stroll with an artful twist, just follow The Line – London’s only permanent art trail. Short on time? Spot multi-coloured miniatures painted on discarded gum on the Millennium Bridge or soak up street art in Shoreditch.

The Best Art Classes & Workshops in London

Ever visited a gallery and thought, ‘I could do that’? Now’s your chance. Take up film photography at Darkroom , perfect your portraits at The Royal Drawing School or sharpen your pencils and try out a drop-in life drawing session at Candid Arts Trust .

Where To Buy Artistic Gifts

Please your choosiest friends with some gorgeous stationery from Choosing Keeping . A voucher for M.Y.O ’s eclectic craft studio is guaranteed to inspire, while a monograph from the carefully curated shelves at Hauser & Wirth will be sure to impress.

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Lets Adore and Endure Each Other by Stephen Powers, Shoreditch

Artful Dining Spots

For fine dining with a serious helping of fine art, make a reservation at sketch – where opulent interiors come with a Michelin-starred menu – or drop by the ever-elegant Sessions Arts Club for seasonal sharing plates surrounded by contemporary paintings.

The Best Art Supply Shops

If you want the best bargain brushes and acrylics then head to superstore Cass Art or try L. Cornelissen & Son for unusual heritage supplies. If you’re looking for something hard-to-find, there’s nowhere better than Atlantis Art Materials ’ cavernous warehouse.

Christina Rose Brown is a Brighton-born, London-based artist, educator and writer. She can normally be found in a gallery with her kids in tow.

An Opinionated Guide To Art London is out now. £10.95. hoxtonminipress.com

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