If you’re heading to the city in search of all things art, consider staying at The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection; wherever you stay you’ll be close by to a number of galleries and art venues, as well as public transport links. London has a thriving art scene and there are tonnes of galleries, exhibitions and displays to visit throughout the year. However, knowing where to head and what to do can be a struggle and many visitors find themselves with too many things to do and not enough time to do them in.
With such a varied art scene, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and prioritise the galleries you are most interested in. Here are some of the hottest spots on London’s art scene.
The National Gallery
Set in the heart of London’s busy Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery is arguably London’s best known gallery. It has a vast collection of art and lots of exhibitions throughout the year. With everything from 13th Century art to modern pieces on display, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a keen artist or simply want to tick a London gallery off the list, The National Gallery is a great choice.
Saatchi Gallery is a hub for contemporary art and it showcases a number of pieces by young and international artists, most of whom are not featured elsewhere in the UK. Many of the artists exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery go on to become well known in the commercial world and so a visit here is a great way to get a preview of those most likely to go on to bigger things in the future.
The Tate Modern is part of the well-known Tate group of galleries, along with its sister gallery, Tate Britain. It boasts a wide collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world including pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Warhol and Pollock. The Tate Modern building itself is also worth checking out – it used to be the Bankside Power Station!
South London Gallery
The South London Gallery is one of London’s most exciting galleries and it has some of the most ‘out there’ and modern art pieces in the city. Though there is a large focus on up and coming curations, the South London Gallery also shows works by established artists such as Tracey Emin, Mark Quinn and Eric Bainbridge. This summer’s exhibition includes work by Erik Van Lieshout.
National Portrait Gallery
A trip to London in search of the best pieces of art wouldn’t be complete without time spent at the National Portrait Gallery. It holds the world’s largest collection of portraits from the Middle Ages through to the 21st Century. Here visitors can see portraits of famous faces from British history, musicians, the Royal Family and people in film.
With a number of different locations to choose from, The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection can accommodate you wherever you wish to stay in the city. From Hyde Park to Paddington, a range of luxury rooms are available.