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Art lovers rejoice! Art galleries are set to return come 4th July.

If you’ve been missing your weekly dosage of art gallery visits, you’ll be glad to know that they are among the selection of venues reopening on 4th July. In honour of their reopening, we’ve rounded together a list of our 12 favourite art galleries in London that we’re excited to explore once more.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is an art gallery you no doubt visited during one of your school trips to the big city and it’s one that will stick with you forever thanks to its iconic architecture and entertaining exhibitions. 

We recently saw the largest collection of Andy Warhol’s work ever seen in the UK make its way to the gallery and due to the outbreak of coronavirus it soon received a virtual facelift, but the effect of the artist’s iconic works and some unseen beauties was still magical. Fall in love with some of the greatest contemporary artists of all time, including Yayoi Kusama, Steve McQueen and Bruce Nauman.

Bankside, SE1 9TG

Cao Fei

Serpentine Galleries 

The Serpentine Galleries come in pairs. Located just five minutes from each other, the Serpentine Galleries specialise in contemporary art and are best known for their annual Pavilion architecture commission that takes over the pavilion gardens throughout the summer. 

Boasting some of the best collections and exhibitions, the galleries celebrate the best of contemporary art and artists of our time. Right now before the reopening, you can enjoy the Serpentine experience at home with their online exhibitions. We love Cao Fei’s Out of Blueprints exhibition, an exhibition specialising in moving images. Each week a different artist produces a piece of work surrounded by the theme of NOWNESS, in response to the outbreak of the pandemic.

Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Lubaina Himid
Francia Bacon Credit: Rikard Österlund

Tate Britain 

The oldest in the Tate network, Tate Britain showcases the best of British art over the years. Roam the rooms and explore some of the best artwork created by British artists, including J. M. K. Turner, Tracey Emin, Douglas Gordon, Tacita Dean and Sam Taylor-Wood. 

Right now you can experience the best of British history through art online through their virtual exhibitions, exploring artworks from 1545 to the present day. From July, you’ll be able to experience all of these iconic and beautifully treasured artworks for yourself.

Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG

NOW Gallery 

Never one to hold back, NOW Gallery has become renowned for bringing the biggest and brightest art exhibitions to London. 

Residing on Greenwich Peninsula, NOW Gallery provides a blank canvas for contemporary art, fashion, design and photography to come to life. Earlier this year, we saw Emmanuelle Moureaux’s magical work, Slices of Time, come together and fill the gallery with multicoloured paper cutouts inspired by the vibrant shades of Tokyo.

The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A isn’t all just about big dresses and textiles, although that is a real selling point for most. The museum houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that stem from over 5,000 years ago to modern day. 

Inside the museum celebrates the best of art and design as a medium, showcasing everything from illustration to textiles, architecture to fine art, so there really is a collection for everyone. Stroll from room to room and uncover something new today.

Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL

The National Gallery

Boasting over 2,300 paintings ranging from the mid-13th century to 1900, The National Gallery is the place to go for both a history and a culture lesson. 

See some of the most famous works in the flesh, from Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks to Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, WC2N 5DN

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts’ history stems as far back as 1768, and since has been a museum centred around the arts of design in Britain. It’s a space where new ideas and art can come together and be showcased in new formats and innovative ways. 

Back in 2018, they opened up a new campus in honour of their 250th anniversary, which showcases free displays and exhibitions, as well as eating and drinking spots to fuel you in between the collections.

Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 0BD

Shana Moulton
Chole Wise Credit: Tim Bowditch via Zabludowicz Collection

Zabludowicz Collection

Running as an independent charity, the Zabludowicz Collection promotes the most sustainable ecology for art. It provides budding artists with a gateway into the industry, helping to transfer their stories into the light from the beginning stages of their artistic careers. Expect to find truly innovative unusual and interesting collections from the artists of today.

Expect to find truly innovative unusual and interesting collections from the artists of today.

Currently closed until September 

176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3PT

National Portrait Gallery 

One gallery that does what it says on the tin, or rather the name, is the National Portrait Gallery, widely known for housing vast collections of portraits. Expect to spot a few familiar faces on the walls as you gander around the museum floors. 

The National Portrait Gallery is due to close in June 2020 for three years for part of a redevelopment programme. Works will be loaned to other London art museums so keep an eye out when you’re next out on an art gallery day out.

St. Martin’s Place, Charing Cross, WC2H 0HE

Mark Bradford

Hauser & Wirth, London

Part of the international art group, Hauser & Wirth opened their current London branch back in 2010 and is known for its large exhibition The Fabric works by Louise Bourgeois. 

Home to two exhibition spaces, the gallery celebrates the best of contemporary art through film screenings, artist talks, workshops and exhibition programmes. Post-lockdown you’ll be able to explore Isa Genzken’s Window exhibition, a series of immersive installations surrounding the theme of travel and the To Exalt the Ephemeral exhibition by Alina Szapocznikow, an exhibition addressing the human body.

23 Savile Row, Mayfair, W1S 2ET

Eva Jospin

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre

Tucked inside the Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery has become renowned for its collection of contemporary art and host of year-round exhibitions. Post-lockdown you’ll be able to explore the best of the Among the Trees exhibition, a compilation of work exploring human relationships with trees and forests. Expect to venture from Colombian rainforests through to olive orchards in Israel in a matter of footsteps.

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Bishop’s, SE1 8XX

Saatchi Gallery

Set up by Charles Saatchi back in 1985, the Saatchi Gallery celebrates the best of contemporary art. The gallery’s mission is to provide a space for young artists from across the world to come and showcase their work here in London. This year we’ve seen the major exhibition of TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh take centre stage, showcasing the largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures to have ever been out of Egypt.

Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY

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