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The art lover’s guide to London

By Lauren Harmes

Art is everywhere in London. In galleries, in the streets, via architecture. There is no escaping that the city is a melting pot of culture and art is a huge part of that.

If you’re organising a trip to the capital and want to soak up some of the art on offer, check out our list below.

1. Tate Modern

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If you’re an art lover in London, the obvious place to start is surely the Tate Modern.

Situated along the River Thames in Southwark, this is the home of contemporary art and is situated in a huge converted power station. With installations, paintings, films and much more, there’s no chance of getting bored in this cultural haven.

2. Shoreditch Street Art

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Street art has become huge in London over the last few years, specifically in the East End, and Shoreditch is full of wondrous works of art full of vibrant colours, political messages and cultural references. Take one of the Shoreditch Street Art Tours to learn the history behind these pieces and the artists who created them.

3. Keeper’s House

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Fancy mingling with fellow artists and architects? Then Keeper’s House is the place to be.

Hidden alongside the Royal Academy of Art, this is the former home of the Academy’s ‘keeper’ and is as arty as a bar you’ll find in the city. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant, or a refreshing cocktail in its beautiful garden.

4. V&A Museum

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If fashion art is your thing, your first port of call on your art lover’s tour of London should absolutely be the V&A Museum. Residing in the stunning Kensington neighbourhood since 1852, the V&A catalogues amazing pieces of clothing spanning from centuries gone before to the swinging sixties and much more.

5. National Gallery

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Is classic, famous art more your thing? Then head down to the National Gallery in Covent Garden to see work from famous artists throughout history. Pieces from da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Michelangelo and hundreds more adorn the walls in this hotspot of art history.

6. Wallace Collection

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Most people would head to Oxford Street to indulge in some much-needed retail therapy, but hidden behind the shopper’s paradise is the Wallace Collection. This peaceful gallery is home to old masters, arms and armour and French 18th century arts with interior design to match – a beautiful space not to be missed.

7. White Cube

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Independent galleries are true gems of any major city’s crown, and White Cube is a real jewel. Situated in Bermondsey, White Cube is a contemporary art gallery that gave one person shows to many of the Young British Artists (YBAs) including Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. Showing innovative shows, installations and special projects, it’s not one to be missed.

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