They say the best things in life are free. And for the art aficionado traveling to London, this is the truth! The city has some of the most beautiful galleries, and some of them are open for free to the general public. So if you want to take the time and admire the works of the many classical and modern masters, you have found the right place. Here are some of the best free galleries that you can see in London.
The Wallace Collection
Housed in the property of the Seymour family, the collection has approximately 5,000 objects and items. Mostly from the collection of Richard Seymour-Conway, the 4th Marquess of Hertford, he left the house and the art inside to Sir Richard Wallace. The latter, his illegitimate son, then lived in the house together with his wife. In 1897, Lady Wallace, now a widow, bequeathed the townhouse and the art in it to the British nation. House here are some of the world’s most famous works like The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, and J.H. Fragonard’s The Swing, among many others. Check it out here.
Formerly known as the National Gallery of British Art, Tate Britain is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It opened in 1897, and is a part of England’s Tate gallery network together with Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, and Tate Modern. It houses various works from notable painters like William Blake, John Constable, and Anna Lea Merritt, among others. Particularly, a large amount of J.M.W Turner’s work is permanently displayed here.
Famous for their ever changing pavilion, the Serpentine Galleries is comprised of two parts, the main Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Situated in the Kensington Gardens, a bridge over the Serpentine Lake connects these two galleries. Artists from Anish Kapoor to Andy Warhol have been featured in the halls of this Central London gallery. There is nowhere else better to view contemporary art than in the Serpentine Galleries. Have a look here.
Marian Goodman Gallery
Acting as an extension of Marian Goodman’s gallery in New York, this townhouse turned gallery is a must see for underground art enthusiasts. The gallery is one of the most recent additions in the contemporary art scene, having displayed notable artists such as Cristina Iglesias, Jeff Wall, and numerous upcoming gems to the scene. See the gallery here.
The National Gallery located in London is one of the world’s most visited museums, in the league with the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It came into being after the British government bought a small collection of paintings in 1824. After that, the gallery was filled with private donations from various collectors and enthusiasts. It houses some of the most important artworks in history, from the likes of Van Gogh, Vermeer, Constable, and da Vinci. More about it here.
All in all, it is known that those with an artistic eye would not run out of sights to see in the city. When you want to take a break from the city’s pace and noise, it can be quite calming and marvelous to rest your soul in the halls of these great galleries. So what are you waiting for? Book you way into one of the world’s foremost cities in housing art and enjoy the show for free! Find the best short term homes in London near these galleries.