A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Next time you visit London, instead of visiting the usual art galleries which are dotted around the region, why not take a look at what is going on elsewhere? The capital is home to some of the best galleries in the world, but if you cast your net further and look at the bigger picture then you could discover some hidden gems which are yet to be unveiled by the general public.

Whether you are a fan of contemporary, modern pieces or prefer something a little more traditional, your day will certainly not be wasted if you choose to peruse stunning creations at these sought-after locations:

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Tate Modern

The Tate Modern attracts around 4.7 million visitors a year, and it is easy to see why. This gallery has the most sought-after pieces of art in Britain, which go all the way back from 1900 to the present day, alongside international and local creations. It is the most popular modern-art gallery in the world, and continues to welcome audiences from across the globe. Admission is completely free, and you can access this beautiful building from the Southwark station on the Jubilee line.

Opening times are from 10:00-18:00 Sunday to Thursday and 10:00-20:00 Friday to Saturday.

Whitechapel Gallery

This gorgeous gallery was founded in 1901, and has proudly exhibited artworks from well-known, notable art maestros such as Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. Whitechapel is normally associated with longstanding outreach educational projects, and gives something back to the community. Admission is also free of charge, and you can take the Underground to Aldgate East in order to make your way to the hottest venue in town.

From Tuesday to Sunday, the Whitechapel Gallery is open from 11:00 to 18:00, and stays open until 21:00 on Thursdays.

Barbican Art Gallery

There are two galleries to visit at the Barbican: the main Barbican, and its newcomer, ‘The Curve’. It is a magnificent building, and you can spend hours exploring hidden nooks and crannies and searching for forgotten treasures.

For a small admission fee, you will be able to experience the delights of this fantastic attraction, and because there is so much to see and do, you could be there all day! Just disembark at the Barbican tube station and walk a couple of minutes up the road and you will be there in no time at all.

From Saturday to Wednesday the Barbican is open from 10:00-18:00, and on Thursdays and Fridays it stays open until 21:00.

Serpentine Gallery

Situated in the centre of Hyde Park and nestled inside the middle of Kensington Gardens, there are two Serpentine galleries on either side of the stunning Serpentine Lake. Andy Warhol and Man Ray are famous artists who have chosen to showcase their works in this fabulous environment. During the summer months, a different makeshift pavilion is erected, showcasing original, innovative architectural designs which are created to wow an audience and get people thinking.

Again, admission is completely free, and you can take the tube to Lancaster Gate in order to soak in a smidgen of culture. And, with the gallery open all day from Tuesday right through to Sunday (10:00-18:00), you have ample time to see the sights before enjoying something a little more high-brow.

Saatchi Gallery

The famous Saatchi Gallery now has a permanent home in the borough of Chelsea, having moved locations several times previously, and draws in 1.5 million visitors a year. Most artists whose work is presented here for the very first time are hardly recognised by the art community or general public, hence the reason why Saatchi has given underground artists a platform to showcase their works.

After shopping until you drop in Sloane Square, you can then take a sneaky peek at the latest conceptions which are certain to create a stir.

Opening times are from 10:00 to 18:00 Monday to Sunday, so you have ample time to figure out how to plan ahead if you have other items to tick off on your ‘to-do’ list.

Everyone deserves a break from time to time, but it can be extremely difficult knowing how to plan ahead if you want your trip away to run without a hitch. Budget accommodation London can still be a little too pricey if you take into consideration additional costs and hidden extras, so perhaps you should take a step back and consider all viable options before booking a room.

At least you know you are in safe hands if you secure a boutique suite at the gorgeous Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel. Each and every room is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, and simple touches such as complimentary broadband and tea and coffee-making facilities are guaranteed to win anyone over.

Chic, stylish rooms are teamed with subtle elegance and sumptuous furnishings, and feel immediately at home with your surroundings. You will be unable to resist the temptation to snuggle into those plumped-up cushions and wrap up warm in a snuggly duvet, especially if you have been on the go since the early morning.

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