The city of London has loads to offer art lovers and the best thing is that it is virtually all free to explore. The art industry is huge in Britain, with collections from artists all over the world available to view in London’s galleries and at exhibitions. The city is also home to a lot of British art, so when you are next in the capital why not check some of it out.
There are a range of galleries to choose from. The Tate Modern, which is found on the South Bank of the Thames, has the world’s biggest collection of Modern Art. Its free to enter and has two huge floors which contain a range of art work including abstract pieces, such as piles of bricks and canvases with random splodges of paint.
There is the national gallery on the north side of Trafalgar Square. It has a wide collection of Western European art which dates back to from the middle ages, to the early 20th century. Again it is free to enter and with so much on offer it is worth splitting your visit into two trips.
The Tate Britain is on the north side of the Thames not far from Victoria Bridge. If you fancy arriving in style you can get a river bus to the Tate Britain which also travels across the river to the Tate Modern. The gallery is the home of British art dating back from the 1500 to the present day. For those that are new to the arts scene you can get an art guide for a small fee.
One other place worth visiting is the National Portrait Gallery. Home to a huge collection of portraits which include those of Kings, Queens and other influential historical figures, the gallery is unique it what it offers visitors. When it opened in 1856, it was the first portrait gallery in the world. Since then it has been expanded twice and one of the gallery’s most famous portraits is of William Shakespeare.