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Top 10 London Art Galleries

1. The National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, from the 13th to 19th century. Famous names include Holbein, Da Vinci, Raphael, Renoir, Constable, Titian, and Turner.

2. Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art, with works ranging from the 16th century to the present day. There is a main gallery area and a number of smaller rooms where work is changed more frequently. The Turner Bequest comprises some 300 oil paintings and 20 000 watercolours.

3. Tate Modern

Tate Modern is one of the world's premier collections of contemporary art, housed in a huge converted power station on the south bank of the Thames. The entrance leads straight into the massive turbine hall, where every year an artist is commissioned to install. Exhibitions are complimented by works from the other Tate galleries.

4. The Royal Academy

Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy hosts prestigious touring exhibitions of major artists such as Rodin, Monet and Baselitz. It's also well know for its annual summer exhibition, featuring over 1200 works by established and unknown artists.

5. The Whitechapel Gallery

Founded in 1901 and located in East London, the Whitechapel Gallery provides a thought provoking alternative to the larger public galleries, showing works by well and lesser known contemporary and modernist artists.

6. The Courtauld Institute

The Courtauld Institute is best known for its dazzling collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, by artists such as Manet, Cezanne, Degas, and Gaugin, as well as a fine selection of works by Rubens, Van Dyck and sculptures by Rodin, Matisse and Moore.

7. Dulwich Picture Gallery

Designed by Sir John Soane and opened in 1817, Dulwich Picture Gallery is the nation's oldest public gallery, crammed full of superb paintings including a series by Poussin, and works by Hogarth, Rembrant, Gainsborough, Canaletto and Rubens. 

8. The Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine occupies a prime location in Kensington Gardens near the lake of the same name in Hyde Park, and is renowned as a centre for staging exciting landmark exhibitions by contemporary artists.

9. The Photographers Gallery

The Photographers Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists, it's the place to see photography in all it's forms.

10. The National Portrait Gallery

Located around the east side of the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery (founded in 1856) houses portraits of everyone from 19th and 20th century movers and shakers of British society to the more recently famous rock stars, footballers and celebrities.
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