From old masters or modern art, London offers the culture-vulture a proliferation of every art form known to man. With more museums and art galleries than any other city in the world, this world-class offering is accessible to all, with many offering free entry to permanent collections.
The National Gallery is home to some of the best art collections in the world. Glorious gilt-framed Rubens, Botticellis and Leonardos adorn its walls, while room of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings certainly make an impression on all who visit. Its neighbour, The National Portrait Gallery, starts chronologically on the top floor with Kings and Queens of England and ends with today’s rock n’ roll royalty. For those with a more contemporary taste, there’s Tate Modern, reborn from an industrial power station on the Southbank. Take a trip across the River Thames to the sister gallery, Tate Britain, for a collection of Turners and superb special exhibitions to delight any art enthusiast.
For the iconoclasts, look no further that the Saatchi Gallery in The Duke of York Headquarters, Chelsea, home to some of the Young British Artists, including Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin. Or, explore the White Cube galleries displaying the works of Gilbert & George, and the brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman. If that’s not to your taste, hit the streets of Mayfair, where shop galleries exhibit and sell established artists.
Children are well catered for with the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, where life-size dinosaurs look on over specially devised quizzes and clever exploration routes with loads of opportunity for interactive learning. Further south, the London Dungeons and Aquarium are a must when exploring the Southbank, while the Harry Potter experience is a just reward for those willing to travel slightly further out of the city.