London is a cultural hub with a rich history that spans several centuries. There is something for everyone to do in London! A trip to London isn't complete without visiting museums and galleries. Many spaces offer free entry, then why not visit?
The National Gallery
The National Gallery consists of the most significant collections of Western European paintings. It is a world-renowned gallery that dominates all other galleries in the city. Some major attractions of the gallery are European art, 'The Ambassadors' by Holbein's, 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage'. The gallery also displays the work of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG), founded in 1856, houses an extensive collection of portraits of notable British people. It is close to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Charing Cross Underground station. The portraits displayed are in various shapes, sizes, media, including paintings, drawings and photographs. The work of the gallery is supported by the government and a large number of individuals, companies, trusts, foundations etc. It is temporarily closed.
Address: St. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The ICA is a cultural centre located on The Mall, near Trafalgar Square. It was established in 1947 by artists, poets and writers to showcase contemporary culture. It has introduced many artists, performers, writers to national and international audiences. It consists of two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, a bookshop, a bar and a café.
Address: 12 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH, United Kingdom
The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery is an art museum located in Somerset House. It features art collections, paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, United Kingdom
Museum of Happiness
The Museum of Happiness is a non-profit organisation that aims to spread happiness and improve wellbeing by teaching fun and techniques.
Address: Trafalgar Sq, St. James's, London WC2N 5DX, United Kingdom
London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum (LTM) is a transport museum that hosts exhibits about London's transportation and its history. The museum displays the history of London's public transport network - buses, trains, taxis and tubes from the 19th century to the present day.
Address: London WC2E 7BB, United Kingdom
Household Cavalry Museum
The Household Cavalry Museum is located in the Horse Guards. Visitors get to see the horses in the 18th-century working stables through a partition. Exhibits include the history of the regiment, ceremonial uniforms, regalia, royal standards, horse furniture etc.
Address: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, United Kingdom
Two Temple Place
Two Temple Place (formerly Astor House) is a public gallery near Victoria Embankment in central London, England. It contains notable works by William Silver Frith, Sir George Frampton RA, Nathaniel Hitch and Thomas Nicholls. It is also used for art exhibitions.
Address: 2 Temple Pl, Temple, London WC2R 3BD, United Kingdom