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Top 5 Galleries – London

One of the biggest tourist draws of the capital is the diverse range of museums and galleries peppered across the city. London is awash with an eclectic mix of cultural offerings. Here at Easirent we have picked out our top galleries in the city; so whether its sculpture or paintings you’re after, we’ve got it covered.

1. The National Gallery

Home to the national collection of paintings from the 13th century up until the 19th century, the National Gallery is located in the heart of London’s Trafalgar Square and is one of the most important galleries in the UK. Spend a day taking in some of the most iconic works of art, from artists including Titian, Cezanne, Monet and Rembrandt. Open daily from 10:00 – 18:00, the gallery is free to enter and currently houses the Soundscapes exhibition, which is an immersive art installation that combines iconic art with specially commissioned music.

2. Tate Modern

Part of the Tate family of galleries, the Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art. Located on the banks of the River Thames, the Tate Modern is open from 10:00 – 18:00 from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10:00 – 22:00 on Friday and Saturday; admission to the gallery is free. Current exhibitions include Close Up, an exploration of identity and photographic portraiture which focuses on photographs taken in distinct social environments.

3. Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery was opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 to house his vast collection of contemporary art. The gallery, which is located in the centre of Chelsea, is now one of the most famous galleries of contemporary art in the world. Open seven days a week, tickets for the exhibitions can be purchased online, including tickets for the gallery’s upcoming Exhibitionism, which is an in depth look at the life and work of the Rolling Stones, and includes some never before seen photographs of the band.

4. National Portrait Gallery

When the National Portrait Gallery opened in 1896, it was the only portrait gallery in the world. Home to some of the most iconic portraits of the most famous people in British history and over 200,000 portraits from the 16th century up until today. The National Portrait Gallery is currently home to the exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Photographs of an Icon, and illustrates the life and fashion of one of the most iconic women in recent history.

5. The Barbican Art Gallery

Located in the heart of London, the Barbican Art Gallery is housed in a Grade II listed building and is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and is one of the best examples of brutalist architecture in the country. Showcasing a plethora of international artists who specialise in a dynamic mix of art, architecture, photography and design, the Barbican Art Gallery is currently home to The Barbican Exhibition: Bulding a Landmark.

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