Art & Entertainment

 The National Gallery, Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery are a few of the well known large art galleries in London and there are the smaller Rivington Place, Photographers' Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery which must be included in a art lovers itinerary.

Alan Cristea Gallery                   ideal for lovers of art

31-34 Cork Street, W1S

Telephone: 020 7439 1866

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Piccadilly Circus   

 

A commercial gallery with a rotating range of works or art on display.

Barbican Art Gallery & The Curve         ideal for lovers of art     

Barbican Building, Silk Street, EC2

Telephone: 020 7638 4141

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Barbican   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ngEDi

Europe’s largest multi-arts venue with two exhibition spaces.

Sherling High-Level Walkway - National Theatre            

Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1 9PX

Telephone: 020 7452 3000

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Waterloo

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Yr4HiYRtPuz

See productions being created before they reach the stage.

The Sherling High-Level Walkway offers visitors views into the busy production workshops for set construction and assembly, scenic painting and prop-making.

Open: Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 7.30pm

Access to the Sherling High-Level Walkway is from the Gallery Level in the Dorfman Theatre Foyer.

Be in the Audience of a BBC Show     

Various venues

Admission: Free – Tickets must be booked in advance

The BBC records 100’s of TV and Radio shows every year and it is free to be in the audience.  You need to book tickets in advance from their web site and you need to be there early to get in as they always over subscribe shows to cover non-arrivals.

Bloomberg Space                 ideal for lovers of art

50 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1HD

Telephone: 020 7330 7959

Admission: Free        

Train/Underground: Moorgate or Liverpool Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Xkhbr

Bloomberg L.P. opened its own gallery called Bloomberg SPACE dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting contemporary art within its European headquarters in London. The space has collaborated with over 340 artists since 2002.    

Gods Own Junkyard    

Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ

Telephone: 020 850 9057 / 020 852 18066

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Walthamstow Central

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZU2V2nQHDQL2

Chris Bracey has been the Neon Man for 37 years creating iconic art pieces for David la Chappelle, Martin Creed etc. With a cult following in London and Los Angeles.

Come and see amazing neon signs at GODS OWN JUNK YARD. Open to the public Friday 11am - 9pm, Saturday 11am - 9pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm

Canada Gallery   

Canada House, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ

Telephone: 0207 004 6000 

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Charing Cross

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xLeobb7BDPk

The Canada Gallery is located within the Canadian High Commission (please use the Pall Mall East entrance). This small gallery promotes Canadian art and is usually open Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 17:45.  

Pre-booked free tours of inside the High Commission to see the art on display there are also hold on selected Fridays (book though their web site).

Brunei Gallery - School of Oriental & African Studies     

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

Telephone: 020 7898 4023

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Russell Square or Goodge Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/r6dSO

An exciting venue in central London that hosts a programme of changing contemporary & historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Jerwood Visual Arts   

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, Bankside, SE1 0LN

Telephone: 020 7654 0179

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Southwark, Borough or London Bridge    

Train: London Bridge

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/PHcTo

Jerwood Visual Arts is a contemporary gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events at Jerwood Space, London and on tour nationally. Jerwood Visual Arts commissions and showcases the work of talented emerging artists, makers and curators. It also aims to make connections and provoke conversations within and across disciplines.

Covent Garden                                                       

Covent Garden Piazza, WC2

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Covent Garden   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cD5NP

Free street theatre, eating and shopping are all available in the popular Covent Garden.  Former home of the famous London Fruit & Veg Market, Covent Garden is now a bustling venue.

Guildhall Gallery & Roman Amphitheatre     

Guildhall Yard, off Gresham Street EC2

Telephone: 020 7332 3700

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Bank   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pOLmt

The first Guildhall Art Gallery was built in 1885 to display the City of London Corporation's growing art collection. In 1988 an astonishing discovery that changed the face of Roman London. London’s only Roman amphitheatre was located in Guildhall Yard.

Hauser & Wirth      

23 Saville Road, W1S 2ET

Telephone: 020 7287 2300

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Oxford Circus  

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pKSpZ

View a range of art exhibitions throughout the year.

Mediatheques at BFI Southbank     

Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT

Telephone: 020 7815 1346

Admission: Free        

Underground/Train: Waterloo   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Yl5u3

BFI Southbank’s Mediatheque is the place to explore the BFI National Archive, for free.

Using the BFI Mediatheque is easy – turn up on the day or book a viewing session in advance. Check in at the desk inside the Mediatheque and then log on to a viewing station. Proof of age may be required, as only age-appropriate material is made available to younger users

National Gallery                                         

Trafalgar Square WC2

Telephone: 020 7747 2885

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BLx0s

The Gallery offers a view of some of the great works of art and sits straddling Trafalgar Square.

National Portrait Gallery                                 

St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE

Telephone: 020 7306 0055

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kAH7m

Portraits from throughout history, people you may know and people you might not know, but all painted by the best artists of the world.  Explore over 185,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.

Photographers’ Gallery      

16-18 Ramillies Street W1F 7LW

Telephone: 020 7087 9300

Admission: Free to some exhibitions

Underground: Oxford Circus   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Hyo0w

The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.

Rivington Place     

Rivington Place EC2A 3BA

Telephone: 020 7749 1240

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Old Street or Liverpool Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/B9FPo

Rivington Place is the UK's first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts and the first new public gallery to be built in London for 40 years.

Saatchi Gallery              

Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3

Telephone: 020 7811 3085

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Sloane Square   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/JXMgQ

The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international rarely seen artists.

Serpentine Gallery     

Kensington Gardens, W2

Telephone: 020 7402 6075

Admission: Free                    

Underground: South Kensington   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/tQxDW

The Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery                

Kensington Gardens, W2

Telephone: 020 7402 6075

Admission: Free                    

Underground: South Kensington   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/76j07

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store, located seven minutes’ walk from the Serpentine Gallery across the Serpentine Bridge.

It has 900 square metres of new gallery, restaurant, shop and social space.

Tate Britain                                                 

Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Pimlico   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/0J00y

The Tate is the home of Britain’s art collection and has a varied schedule of art collections on display including Turner.

Tate Modern                

Bankside, SE1 9TG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Southwark or London Bridge   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/t3KLC

Located in a disused power station on the bank of the River Thames, Tate Modern exhibits a wide range on contemporary art.

The Scoop at More London     

The Queen’s Walk, More London, SE1 2AA

Admission: Free        

Train/Underground: London Bridge   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zeXXy

The Scoop at More London is an outdoor sunken amphitheatre with seating for 800.

Throughout the summer months it regularly hosts a variety of free events - from free films, free music and free theatre to local community events and activities. The Scoop at More London is open to everyone.

Wallace Collection     

Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN

Telephone: 020 7563 9500

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Bond Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NrbBT

Displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

Wellcome Collection     

183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE

Telephone: 020 7611 2222

Admission: Free        

Underground/Train: Euston   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C3fA2

Exhibition galleries, events, visit the café, bookshop, or the world famous Wellcome Library.

White Cube Mason’s Yard        

25-26 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU

Telephone: 020 7930 5373

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Piccadilly Circus   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/S037s

White Cube Mason’s Yard opened in September 2006. It is located off Duke Street, St. James's, home of the original White Cube gallery.

Whitechapel Gallery     

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX

Telephone: 020 7522 7888

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Aldgate East   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GuDwl

The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

William Morris Gallery              

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP

Telephone: 020 8496 4390

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Walthamstow   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VIQTL

Discover the life and works of Britain’s most inspiring designer at the newly-refurbished William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

Chisenhale Gallery       

64 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ

Telephone: 020 8981 4518

Admission: Free

Underground: Bethnal Green or Mile End     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/I3O3A 

Chisenhale Gallery is located in a creative and constantly changing part of east London, full of contemporary art galleries, great food and shops, and green spaces.

Anise Gallery     

13A Shad Thames SE1 2PU

Telephone: 020 3754 2374

Admission: Free

Underground: Bermondsey     Train: London Bridge    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jPgtn

Since opening in March 2012, Anise Gallery has focussed on promoting art and architecture as a joint artistic discipline. Through a programme of curated exhibitions Anise Gallery has quickly made a name for itself within the local art and architecture community.

The work displayed in the gallery often extends to practices associated to architecture such as illustration and photography. Working closely, both in the sense of shared space and interest, with architectural illustrators AVR London, the gallery exhibits chosen artists that capture architecture through a variety of artistic forms.

The Building Centre     

Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Telephone: 020 7692 6234

Admission: Free

Underground: Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road 

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/nmxgA

The Building Centre is open 6 days a week and hosts a number of free exhibitions throughout the year.

Pump House Gallery     

Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ

Telephone: 020 8871 7572 

Admission: Free

Train: Battersea Park     Underground: Sloane Square

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pCqIr

Pump House Gallery is a public contemporary exhibition space housed in a distinctive four story grade I listed Victorian tower in the centre of Battersea Park.

Collaboration and participation is at the heart of its programme, working in partnership to bring engaging contemporary art to Wandsworth Borough and beyond. The diverse range of exhibitions are supported by workshops, temporary projects and one-off events that explore the different ways art can be made, experienced and interpreted.

Lewisham Arthouse     

140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

Telephone: 020 8691 9113

Admission: Free

Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate      Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kc3Sz

Lewisham Arthouse is a voluntary led co-operative organisation formed in 1992 based in a Grade II listed Carnegie donated ex-library in Deptford. They run studios a busy gallery, classes, workshops, community activities and events.

The Arthouse  is a remarkable venture. They run a unique system of part payment for low cost studio space in the form of unpaid work hours. All members must participate in the scheme and commit time each month to running the studios, gallery and other related activities and events


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