The 5 best small galleries in London

2) Whitechapel

Founded in 1901 with the aim of bringing art to the people of east London, Whitechapel has a reputation for hosting important exhibitions by international contemporary artists. Recent shows include exhibitions on John Stezaker, Sarah Lucas and Emily Jacir. There’s an excellent bookshop run by German booksellers Koenig and a restaurant overseen by Angela Hartnett.

art exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery

3) Wallace Collection

Grand and historic Hertford House has held the Wallace Collection since 1897. Over 25 galleries display fine and decorative artefacts from the 15th to 19th centuries, with paintings by Titian, Boucher, Van Dyk, Rubens and Velázquez, as well as armour, porcelain, miniatures and furniture. The courtyard has been enclosed with a glass roof and houses a restaurant and cafe.

 art at the Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Maryleborne

+44 (0)20 7563 9500


4) Camden Arts Centre

Founded in 1965 and housed in a former public library, this north London gallery exhibits an innovative and inspiring programme of international contemporary art that often focuses on emerging talents. Recent shows have included Kara Walker and Rose English. There’s a bookshop, cafe and garden space too.

Camden Arts Centre

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