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Serpentine Gallery in London.
Serpentine Gallery in London.

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Discover a “new” London art gallery

With an endless array of galleries from huge permanent monuments to tiny back street independents, those with a thirst for art will never be short of options. Once you’ve covered the “must-see” galleries, spread your wings a little further – there’s plenty to feast your eyes on and all of them cost nothing to visit.

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Sir John Soane’s Museum

This old architect’s mansion in London, on a grand 17th century square, displays the marbles, sarcophagi, oils and antiquities of the eponymous owner. Just existing in the graceful sun-bathed rooms with art is awe-inspiring.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

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Chisenhale Gallery

Of London’s gritty East End galleries, Chisenhale is perhaps the most important, commissioning its own experimental work and hosting artists who explore themes of alienation, violence, sex and the environment. The roster was diverse before “diversity” became a cultural buzzword. Poke around, then cross the canal to Victoria Park.

Chisenhale Gallery

64 Chisenhale Road, London

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Design Museum

Cut through the wild expanse of Holland Park to this massive, minimalist museum of design feats – 20th century classics, bold graphic art and a timeline of innovative tech.

Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, London

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London Mithraeum

Bloomberg built its new European headquarters atop a subterranean Roman temple, then designed a gorgeous glass gallery around it, showcasing ancient marbles, writing tablets and other artefacts. Chances are you’ll be the only one down here circling the 2,000-year-old stone foundations.

London Mithraeum

12 Walbrook, London

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Serpentine Gallery

Pair a visit to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with this free mini-museum on the green. Despite the classical cupola-topped building, it hosts all the giants (and future giants) of contemporary art. Inside you’ll see the work of Danish naturalists, international photojournalism and avant-garde design. Outside, the annual summer pavilion pushes the boundaries of postmodern architecture.

Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens, London

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