London has long laid at the beating heart of Britain's arts and culture scene and its here that you can discover the world's best loved artists in some of the most iconic galleries. National treasures and modern accomplishments lay side-by-side in a vibrant and diverse array of gallery spaces dotted across the city.
London boasts a huge selection of art galleries, but many of the most popular are central and easy to get to, such as the striking Tate Modern. You can also look for contemporary artworks online.
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The Thames Bankside gallery is a shrine to modern art of the 20th century, hosting impressive contemporary exhibitions from Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko to Duchamp and Man Ray.
Most permanent exhibits are free of charge so you can take in the remarkable interior architecture of the Bankside Power Station, which houses the Tate, and marvel at the iconic work of some of your favorite contemporary artists at your leisure.
London's Victoria and Albert museum, or simply the V&A, can be found in South Kensington. Exhibitions at the V&A are also mostly free, and offer a wealth of opportunity to experience the regal splendor of royal artifacts, ceramics and medieval treasures.
More National treasures can be unearthed at Trafalgar Square's National Gallery. This busy and popular Gallery boasts entire wings of period art and hosts treasures by famous names from Van Eyck to Vermeer, Caravaggio to Constable and Rembrandt to Renoir.