The Ultimate Guide To The National Gallery

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The National Gallery

If you are staying at The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington hotel, you’re only a short distance from The National Gallery. The National Gallery is one of London’s top art destinations and is popular with locals and visitors alike. If you haven’t heard of the National Gallery or visited before, it offers a fantastic opportunity to explore a more artistic side of the city. With its expansive collection and fascinating exhibits, it is extremely popular all year round. If you are heading to London and want to check out an interesting and enjoyable attraction filled with works of art from some of the most exciting artistic talents in Europe, The National Gallery is definitely worth checking out.

What’s To See?

The National Gallery has a vast collection, widely regarded in fact to be one of the best in Europe. Its main collection contains over 2,300 works of art and represents all major types of Western European painting styles, with works spanning from the 13th – 20th century. Though The National Gallery is of interest to art buffs and those who know a thing or two about the art scene eager to see pieces from more obscure artists, it’s also full of paintings from iconic names that everyone knows – such as Monet and Van Gogh. This means that there’s truly something for everyone. Thanks to its mix of styles, it’s also a great introduction for those who are new to the arts but keen to learn more.

What’s On?

As well as the main art collection, The National Gallery also hosts a number of displays and exhibitions throughout the year. This summer visitors can see:

Michelangelo & Sebastiano: The Credit Suisse Exhibition: 15 March – 25 June 2017
Rubens and Rembrandt: 22 March – 16 July 2017
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic: 26 April – 28 August 2017

When To Go?

There’s no one ideal time to go to The National Gallery as it’s open all year round and has things to see and do every day of the week. However, it is advisable to go earlier on in the day to ensure you have time to see everything you want to. That said, if you were to pop in for an hour or so after visiting another attraction you’d still have time to see some key art pieces so don’t cross it off your itinerary if you’re not able to dedicate a full or even half day to your visit.

Visiting The National Gallery

The National Gallery is extremely easy to get to as it is located in the centre of Trafalgar Square, close to Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. This makes it a great late afternoon option if you plan to go out for dinner or drinks the same evening. It’s open every day of the week from 10am – 6pm, with a late night opening on Friday until 9pm. The nearest London Underground stations are Charing Cross and Leicester Square, but it is also easily accessed by a number of bus routes.

It is free to visit The National Gallery, which makes it a popular choice for those staying nearby at The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington.