London offers the most cutting-edge, renowned and innovative art galleries in the world. With so much to see, we have selected some of the best galleries around Centre Point.
The Photographers’ Gallery – Soho, W1F 7LW
The first independent gallery in Britain devoted entirely to photography, the Photographers’ Gallery has tirelessly promoted the role of photography in culture and society. It is one of London’s best galleries in terms of exhibitions, drawing visitors in to lives of the people, places or issues photographed and showcasing the work of emerging talent to established artists.
Every year, the gallery hosts the popular exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, a £30,000 prize rewarding the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the previous year. The gallery itself has large, open exhibition spaces spread over six floors, a café and a bookshop where gallery editions of prints are available to buy.
Joseph Fine Art – New Oxford St, WC1A 1BL
Joseph Fine Art is a private fine art gallery on New Oxford Street that specialises in works by a handful of well-known artists including Andy Warhol, BAMBI, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein and Jurgen Kuhl.
The gallery is spread over two floors and available to view without appointment. The gallery prides itself on its relaxed, approachable and laid back environment and a knowledgeable staff that can provide information on availability of works worldwide, history and provenance, along with prices – both historical and current.
Whether shopping to buy or just browsing, the gallery is worth visiting to see work by some of the best modern and contemporary artists on display.
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery – Fitzroy Square, W1T 6BA
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery on Conway Street is one of three internationally-renowned galleries – two in central London and one in New York – opened by the former Australian cultural attaché in London, Rebecca Hossack.
Since its establishment in 1988, the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery has pioneered exhibitions of Aboriginal art in London, as well as curating important collections from Papua New Guinea, tribal India and the Bushmen of the Kalahari.
The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery also advocates contemporary Western artists who resist the dominant trends of the art world. The gallery also has a reputation for discovering talent and starting trends in contemporary art.
The Courtauld Gallery UK – Strand, WC2R 0RN
The Courtauld Gallery is located in Somerset House on the Strand and it is one of London’s must-see art museums.
It houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art and though its collection dates from the early Renaissance into the 20th century, the Gallery is particularly known for its unrivalled collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézanne in the UK.
Once the home of the Royal Academy of Art, the galleries are an elegant and intimate space in which to enjoy the collection. Somerset House, a beautiful 18th century neo-classical building, also hosts a number of exhibitions and offers a variety of cafés and restaurants with outdoor terraces with either the courtyard or riverside views to enjoy.
The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery – Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
The National Gallery, founded in 1824, houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings in the Western European tradition dating from the mid-13th century to 19th century. Highlights include The Fighting Temeraire by J.M.W. Turner, Sunflowers by Van Gogh, Bathers by Cézanne and The Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio.
Next door to the National Gallery is the National Portrait Gallery, which houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. A who’s who of British culture, the gallery is a treasure trove of portraits dating from the 16th century to the present day in a wide variety of different mediums including drawings, miniatures, negatives, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures.