Art Galleries in London
If you are visiting London for the first time, a return visitor or live here and are wondering what to see while you are here, try some of the art galleries in London listed below. All gallery listings below are free to visit and the information provided contains direct web links to each sites homepage.
If you discover any other free London Galleries or have any comments about the listings below, please contact What's Free in London and let us know.
Tate Britain Gallery
Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection.
Tate Britain is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art and works actively to promote interest in British art internationally. The displays at Tate Britain call on the greatest collection of British art in the world to present an unrivalled picture of the development of art in Britain from the time of the Tudor monarchs in the sixteenth century, to the present day.
Opening times: . Last admission to exhibitions 5.15pm. Open until 10pm on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain. Closed 24, 25, 26 December (open as normal on 1 January). Open as normal on Bank Holidays.
Entry cost: £0
Location: Millbank, Chelsea, London SW1P 4RG »
Tate Modern Gallery
Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art.
Opening times: , . Last admission into exhibitions 5.15pm (Friday and Saturday 9.15pm). Closed 24, 25 and 26 December. Closing at 6pm on 31 December (open as normal on 1 January).
Location: Bankside, London SE1 9TG »
The Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.
The audience for exhibitions of contemporary art has increased widely during the recent years as general awareness and interest in contemporary art has developed both in Britain and abroad.
Opening times: , last entry 5:30pm
The National Gallery
The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.
With free access to over 2,300 paintings from da Vinci to van Gogh, there's something for everyone at the National Gallery.
Discover new ways to learn about Western European art at the Gallery, from talks and tours to online guides.
Opening times: and , including bank holidays and public holidays (Closing commences at 5.55pm and 8.55pm). Closed 1 January and 24-26 December.
Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN »
Chisenhale Gallery is one of London's most innovative galleries for contemporary visual art, promoting national and international developments in visual culture through its ambitious commissioning of solo exhibitions and a programme of public events including performances, film screenings and talks.
At the heart of Chisenhale Gallery's programme is a remit to commission new work, supporting artists from project inception to realization. The gallery aims to reflect new forms of artistic production, and to propose alternative models responding to the needs of artists as both participants and as part of our core audience.
Opening times: . During exhibitions, the gallery will be open on the first Thursday of each month until 9pm.
Location: 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ »
Wellcome Collection is a free visitor destination for the incurably curious. The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The venue offers visitors contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a cafe, a bookshop and conference facilities.
Opening times: Monday Galleries closed,
Location: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE »
Serpentine Gallery is one of London's best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Its Exhibition, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes attracts up to 800,000 visitors in any one year.
In the grounds of the Gallery is a permanent work by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to the Serpentine's former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. The work comprises eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle at the Gallery's entrance.
The Serpentine comprises two galleries situated on either side of The Serpentine lake in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London.
Opening times: Open during exhibitions, plus bank holidays.
Bankside Gallery consists of the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Bankside Gallery celebrates the very best in contemporary watercolour and printmaking through regular exhibitions by Royal Society Members.
The Little Black Gallery
The Little Black Gallery was set up by Tamara Beckwith, Lindsey Carlos Clarke and Ghislain Pascal in November 2008. It is also home to the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation and has a permanent room of work by the legendary photographer.
Opening times: and
Location: 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ »
The Whitechapel Gallery
For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucien Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.
With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the newly expanded Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.
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.
Lauderdale House Gallery
Originally built in 1582 as a private home for three-times Lord Mayor of London, Sir Richard Martin, Lauderdale House in Highgate is now a community hub.
The galleries of Lauderdale House are alive all year round. From the work of impressionist Ivor Lewis and the paintings and prints of Sirpa Moghissi and Carole Moffat to the photography of Nick Smith, they welcome work from a diverse range of visual artists.
Opening times: and
Location: Highgate W Hill, London N6 5HG »
The Brunei Gallery is an exciting venue in central London that hosts a programme of changing contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Gallery's aim is to present and promote cultures from these regions and to be a student resource and public facility.
Part of Museum Mile, the Brunei Gallery is located on Russell Square opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and only a three minute walk from the British Museum.
Opening times: , Late night Thursday until 20:00 closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays
Ambika P3 Gallery
Ambika P3 is a 14.000 square ft space for contemporary art and architecture developed from the vast former concrete construction hall at the University of Westminster which presents a public programme of curated group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, education projects, talks and events in central London.
Ambika P3 commisions artists and researchers across creative disciplines, particularly those developing large-scale installations and prototyping.
Opening times: Varies depending on exhibitions
Location: 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS »
Conceived by artist/curator Robert Gordon Mc Harg, the space itself is a 1960's kiosk with glass walls which creates a unique showcase for art, interacting naturally with passers by, visitors and the local community, interacting naturally with passers by, visitors and the local community.
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) works with artists, curators, creative producers, writers and the public to explore the diversity of society.
It generates ideas for debate and a greater understanding of the complexities of the contemporary world through exhibitions, events, Learning and digital initiatives, and research projects. Iniva programmes at Rivington Place, off-site as well as virtually.
Opening times: Monday Galleries closed (except public holidays, 12pm-6pm), , , , , Public holidays/Bank holidays 12pm-6pm
Location: 1 Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA »
The Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art Gallery was created in 1995. It encourages artists to develop their practice without the constraints of market or trends through a programme of curated exhibitions, solo shows and projects, both within the gallery and the public realm.
Opening times: or by appointment +44 (0)20 7735 8292
Location: 123 Kennington Road, London SE11 6SF »
Victoria Miro Gallery
The Victoria Miro gallery is located in a 8,000-square-foot former furniture factory situated between Hoxton and Islington in northeast London. With exhibition spaces on two floors, the gallery is almost unique in London for having its own garden, a beautiful landscaped area overlooking a restored stretch of the Regent's Canal at Wenlock Basin.
Opening times: , Closed Bank Holiday Weekends and Public Holidays
Location: 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW »
Anise Gallery is a South London based art studio and event space with a strong architectural aesthetic
The former warehouse shares its unique charm with Anise Gallery and Architectural Illustrators AVR London. As a gallery, we aim to promote the link between art and architecture, as a rare but increasingly appreciated connection we feel it brings the gallery experience into a new realm. Our focus is not only in exhibiting architectural art work but also work that has originated from the traditional skills that are often associated with architecture, such as illustration and photography.
Opening times: , (Mon-Wed: By appointment)
Location: 13a Shad Thames, London SE1 2PU »