It’s no secret London has a bevvy of world-class museums. So many that a lot of them fly under the radar.
If you’re in the UK or are visiting for a long time, check out Art Fund’s National Art Pass. They do amazing things. And it’s easy to make up the price.
This first post will focus on more art-related museums.
Step right into an aesthetic Victorian man’s Orientalist fantasy. It’s gaudy and bright and all pre-raphaelite. Love it or hate it – it’s a place that leaves an impression. Upstairs though is the envious studio room. It’s massive. Leighton’s enormous easels still stand today.
Every room in the Wallace Collection is astonishing. Here you’ll find a wealth of masterpieces, like The Laughing Cavalier.
Its 18th-century French pieces and decorative arts are unrivalled – except by a few notable museums in France.
This painting will never cease to delight me. It’s a lot smaller than you might expect though.
Find this gallery immediately to the right when you enter Somerset House. It has excellent Impressionist and Late-Medieval collection. There’s almost always an excellent special exhibition going on too.
Take the staircase up. It’s one of the most famous in London.
There is tons to explore here, so make sure and check their website and what else is on.
Loads of sentimental Victorian art is here to be found!
But wait, there’s more! Go to the basement and you’ll be rewarded with the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. Not much of ancient Londinium exists, so this is a treat.
If you love illustration this new gallery has a revolving array of exhibits. There are also chances to hear lectures, take classes, or attend family-friendly events.
The surrounding area, King’s Cross, is also a delight. Dancing fountains, hidden gardens, and trendy boutiques can be found nearby. Admittedly, it’s not a must-see. But it’s a perfect little getaway if you need somewhere quiet and family-friendly.