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Six Amazing Galleries in London you must visit.

Galleries to visit: Frameless Gallery

London’s vibrant art scene offers a plethora of galleries that cater to all tastes, from classical masterpieces to contemporary marvels. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a casual visitor, these galleries are essential stops to experience the rich artistic heritage and innovative spirit of the city. The National Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries will transport you to the realm of the classics. On the other hand, the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, the Frameless Gallery, and the Graffik Gallery will immerse you in the artistic avant-garde.

The National Gallery

Situated in the heart of London, at Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery is home to an extensive collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The Gallery features over 2,300 works, including masterpieces by iconic artists such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and Turner. Key highlights include Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” Turner’s “The Fighting Temeraire,” and Da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks.” Admission is free, making this cultural treasure accessible to all. If you can’t make it to London yet, don’t fret. The National Gallery of London also holds virtual tours of the gallery. Visit the Gallery’s website and take one of the virtual tours on your computer or phone.

Galleries in London: The national Gallery.
Photo: The National Gallery

The National Gallery, in celebration of its 200th birthday, created a magnificent, colorful light show projecting paintings from its collections and using its facade as a canvas.

The Courtauld Gallery

Located in Somerset House, the Courtauld Gallery boasts an exceptional collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. Highlights include works by Manet, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. The gallery is known for its collection of Impressionist paintings, featuring iconic pieces like Manet’s “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” and Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.” Recently renovated, The Courtauld offers virtual tours of Peter Doig, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Manet, and Claudette Johnson. Whether online, or on location, the gallery offers a serene and beautifully designed space to appreciate its world-class collection.

Galleries in London: The Courtauld Gallery
Photo: © The Courtauld

Vincent Van Gogh: Peach Trees In Blossom, The Courtauld Gallery online. Van Gogh admired Japanese prints and hoped his paintings of blossoming fruit trees would sell well during spring, aiming to emulate their aesthetics. He only painted a frail tree sampling, but the use of Japanese woodcuts resulted in the creation of majestic landscapes.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

Situated within the iconic Westminster Abbey, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries offer a unique blend of art and history. Opened in 2018 to celebrate the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne, these galleries are located in the medieval triforium, offering stunning views of the abbey. The exhibits include rare manuscripts, royal artifacts, and exquisite medieval stained glass. This gallery provides a fascinating insight into the rich history and heritage of Westminster Abbey and the British monarchy.

Galleries in London: Westminster Abbey houses the queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries
Westminster Abbey Photo: Cameron Mourot

The Westminster Abbey, the coronation church for the British Monarchy since 1066, hosts the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries on 13th-century triforium. Hidden from the public for 700 years, the Galleries are now displaying treasures from British history such as ‘The Litlyngton Missal ‘and  ‘The Liber Regalis’.

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

This is where ancient Rome meets contemporary, metropolitan London. Located in the city’s heart, the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE combines ancient history with modern art. The gallery is built around the reconstructed ruins of the Roman Temple of Mithras, discovered during excavations in the 1950s. Alongside the archaeological site, the gallery features a rotating series of contemporary art installations that engage with the themes of history and modernity. The Gallery offers an interactive, multisensory approach to classical history and modern art. This unique blend of past and present provides a distinctive and immersive cultural experience.

Galleries in London: The London Mithraeum
Photo: tillotsondesign 

The London Mithraeum provides an innovative outlook on ancient artifacts the missing pieces on translucent resin while employing Latin chantings and interactive displays.

Frameless Gallery

For those who appreciate contemporary art, the Frameless Gallery in London’s West End cultural district is a hidden gem. This gallery specializes in modern and contemporary works, providing a platform for emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibitions are thoughtfully curated, offering a fresh and dynamic perspective on the contemporary art scene. It’s an intimate space where visitors can engage closely with the artworks and gain insight into the latest trends and ideas in the art world. Immerse yourself in extraordinary landscapes and alternate realities beyond the confines of frames. 

Galleries in London: Frameless Gallery
Photo: Frameless Gallery

Paul Cezanne, Avenue at Chantilly. Cezanne painted a symmetrical and spatially deep view of the park surrounding the chateau in Chantilly, 24 miles north of Paris. He focused on the avenue through the forest rather than the town’s castle. The landscape was organized as a mosaic of color patches, with warm ochre and reds contrasting cooler blues, greens, and greys.

Graffik Gallery

Nestled in the vibrant area of Notting Hill, Graffik Gallery is a must-visit for street art enthusiasts. This contemporary gallery specializes in urban and street art, showcasing works by renowned artists such as Banksy, Stik, and Dotmaster. Graffik Gallery not only exhibits art but also offers graffiti workshops, allowing visitors to engage with street art culture firsthand. The dynamic and edgy atmosphere makes it a standout destination for those looking to explore the cutting edge of contemporary art.

Galleries in London: Graffik Gallery
Photo: Graffik Gallery

”Crush” by richparkerart Acrylic on canvas Bespoke tray frame on display at the Graffik Gallery. 

London’s art galleries offer a diverse and enriching journey through the world of art. Whether you’re captivated by classical masterpieces at The National Gallery, intrigued by contemporary exhibitions at Frameless Gallery and Graffik Gallery, or fascinated by the blend of history and art at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries and London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, there is something to inspire every visitor. Immerse yourself in the city’s artistic offerings and discover the rich tapestry of creativity that makes London a global art capital.

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