It should come as no surprise that one of Europe’s art meccas, London, has a vibrant gallery scene as well. Here are five top galleries that are sure to please contemporary art and photography aficionados soon boarding flights to London.
Saatchi Gallery – Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road, London, Greater London
020 7811 3081
Saatchi Gallery is a world-renowned venue for contemporary art. The gallery hosts a series of artist lectures and has a variety of works for sale in the gallery and online. This expansive, luminous space is frequently rented out for special events in the evenings. Saatchi Gallery also has a casual eating area, perfect for a post-visit snack.
020 7402 6075
Each year, the Serpentine Gallery hosts a large number of shows by contemporary artists working in various media. In addition to artist talks, the Serpentine offers a variety of educational programs for art lovers of all ages. Bibliophiles will love the selection in the gallery’s art book shop.
The Photographer’s Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies St
0845 262 1618
The largest public gallery devoted entirely to photography in London, The Photographer’s Gallery displays rotating exhibitions (featuring work from emerging photographers and archival works), and has an impressive lecture/education series. The new and improved Photographer’s Gallery will open in May, 2012.
52-54 Bell Street
020 7724 2739
Lisson Gallery specializes in contemporary art. The bright, modern gallery space hosts exhibitions from international artists working in a variety of media. Exhibition catalogs can be purchased online, and art buyers can peruse current pieces in the online showroom.
48 Hoxton Square
London, Greater London
020 7930 5373
White Cube has three locations in London (Hoxton is located in London’s East End) and one in Hong Kong. Thanks to the large amount of gallery space, White Cube is able to host numerous simultaneous contemporary art exhibitions each year.
CC Flickr photo credit: Colin Grey