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Galleries & Exhibitions

London is home to an extraordinary number of world-class galleries with new and exciting exhibitions opening all the time. Read on for our guide to what's on in London.

Somerset House

2 minutes walk

From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion including the first home of the Royal Academy of Arts and other learned societies – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Now one of the largest creative communities in London, experience its diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture.

Skate at Somerset House

Until 12 January 2020

Glide your way around London’s most beautiful ice rink in the heart of the capital and enjoy the perfect winter day out at Somerset House. Skate on the 18th Century neoclassical courtyard, day or night with family and friends as Somerset House transforms into London’s most vibrant festive setting.  

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24/7: A Wake-up Call for our Non-Stop World

Until 23 February

Somerset House scrutinises the nonstop nature of modern life in this intriguing exhibition. Five themed zones featuring over 50 multimedia artworks by global artists explore how  modernity distorts boundaries: waking and sleeping, private and public blur in our always-on world.

National Portrait Gallery

10 minutes walk

The National Portrait Gallery was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. It houses the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, offering a unique insight into the men and women who have and are shaping British history and culture from the Tudors to the present day. 

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

23 February - 28 June

For the first time in over twenty years, David Hockney’s drawings come together in a major exhibition. Intimate and inquisitive, the artworks scrutinise Hockney’s relationship with his closest peers.  

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

12 March - 7 June

Step into the eclectic world of the ‘Bright Young Things’ in this dazzling exhibition. Alongside paintings by Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John, Beaton’s photography brings to life all the extravagancy and eccentricity of twenties and thirties youth culture.

The National Gallery

10 minutes walk

Founded in 1824 and located in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece

Until 26 January 2020

This immersive exhibition reveals the secrets of Leonardo’s masterpiece, ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’, by guiding you through four separate spaces within the gallery. Enter a studio, a light experiment and an imagined chapel before seeing the magnificent work up close.

Titian: Love, Desire, Death

16 March - 14 June

Celebrated as a genius in his own lifetime, Titian was one of the greatest Renaissance painters. Experience Titian’s masterful dexterity as a storyteller as The National Gallery unites for the first time in four centuries all six paintings in his famous 1551 commission, inspired by Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’.

The British Museum

12 minutes walk

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World Influenced Western Art

Until 26 January

Experience orientalist art from a new perspective in The British Museum’s vivid, inquiring exhibition. Through a stunning collection of paintings, pottery, travel books and costumes, the Gallery traverses centuries of cultural conversations between East and West.

Tate Modern

20 minutes walk

Based in the former Bankside Power Station, The Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day of international modern and contemporary art.

Steve McQueen

13 February - 11 May

British artist, film director and screenwriter Steve McQueen is one of the most influential artistic voices working today. This original exhibition – the first in the UK for two decades – explores his oeuvre through immersive video and film installations.  

Andy Warhol

12 March - 6 September

Discover how Andy Warhol revolutionised modern art in this vibrant retrospective. Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup Cans – the iconic Pop Art pieces – will be on display alongside a selection of rarely seen work from the 1970s.

Saatchi Gallery

22 minutes by cab

The Saatchi Gallery is a powerhouse of artistic innovation; showcasing new and rarely seen work by international artists and emerging young talent, the gallery is committed to sharing the finest contemporary art from around the world and offers a springboard for new artists, many of whom progress to become major global names. 

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Until 3 May

Sensational objects of art as well as precious historical artefacts are on display in this ground-breaking exhibition. It features 150 of the objects unearthed from Tutankhamun’s renowned tomb, offering visitors a rare insight into the marvels and mysteries of Ancient Egypt.

Royal Academy of Arts

25 minute walk

For over two centuries artists and architects have directed the independently-owned Royal Academy of Arts. Housed in Piccadilly, the RA continues to bring historic collections to new generations while also showcasing the stunning works of today’s leading artists and its own talented art students. Now celebrating its 250th anniversary, the RA unveils a newly renovated campus as it projects its vision for the future. 

Picasso and Paper

Until 13 April

For Picasso, paper was a material giving rise to artistic inspiration. Bringing together more than 300 of his works, experience Picasso’s pioneering exploration of cuttings, printmaking, collage and more in this stunning exhibition.  

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