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Tate Modern

The Tate Modern Gallery is one of the world’s busiest modern art galleries, displaying the national collection as well as international works. It’s housed in an old power station, offering huge space and a view of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral from the restaurant, bar, and balcony. There are often large displays in the Turbine hall, making use of the huge open space not normally possible in galleries. These works are specially commissioned roughly from October to May each year. (Unfortunately the sponsor is Unilever, a terrible company).

There are free guided tours (daily, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 approx 45min), multimedia guides, and play areas for children. Temporary exhibitions are usually ticketed, at around £10. Current exhibitions here.

On the South Side of the Thames, opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral, over the Millennium Bridge.

Sun – Thurs – 10:00 ~ 18:00
Fri – Saturday – 10:00 ~ 22:00

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London has thousands of works, ranging from early paintings of English Royalty to photographs of modern day celebrities. There is something for everyone here, and best of all, its FREE! Most of the collection is permanent, with additional works on temporary display throughout the year. Find out what’s on here.

Free. Walk from Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Tottenham Court Road Stations.
Entrance is around the corner from the National Gallery.

Sat – Wed – 10:00 ~ 18:00
Thurs – Fri – 10:00 ~ 21:00

National Gallery London

The National Gallery is right on Trafalgar Square in a huge, impressive building. It is a public gallery containing over 2,300 works from Western Europe. Their website highlights 30 of them here, including Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and a Rembrandt Self Portrait.

Walk from Piccadilly Circus, Charring Cross or Leicester Square Tube Stations or Soho to Trafalgar Square. FREE entry.

Sat – Thur 10:00~18:00
Fri 10:00~21:00

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