Attractions & sightseeing

Royal Academy of Arts

One of London’s most influential galleries has hosted the likes of Van Gogh and Tracey Emin throughout its impressive spaces, and now has its first permanent restaurant.

Design Museum

An excellent collection of design pieces, intriguing guest exhibitions and a fantastic museum shop and café all form part of the draw here.

Annroy Gallery

Photographer Rankin takes to Real Estate with the opening of his very own gallery.

White Cube

Set up by Jay Jopling in the 90s, White Cube continues to host an incredible roster of names including Tracey Emin and Gilbert and George.

The Wapping Project

The extraordinary space of this ex-power station really dictates the pace of the exhibitions which fit themselves around the venue, which also includes a great restaurant.

Victoria Miro Gallery

Whilst its popularity could be ascribed to its own garden overlooking the Regent’s Canal, the two floors here boast some serious resident artists including Peter Doig and Grayson Perry.

The Royal Opera House

Possibly the only place where you won’t get smacked around for alluding to the fat lady who sings – because this is where you’re most likely to find her – as well as The Royal Ballet.

Rivington Place

Rivington Place is the first new-build public space in London since the Hayward, putting on educational shows on international issues from culturally diverse perspectives.

Riflemaker Gallery

A former gunmakers (hence the name) turned art gallery exhibits hot little shows under the curatorial eyes of Virginia Damtsa and Tot Taylor.

Proud Central

Putting rock legends on a pedestal, Proud Central is the gallery version of the live music venue of the same name, showcasing equally cool, musically led exhibitions.

National Portrait Gallery

Representing the face of the nation, the NPG has everything from paintings dating back to the pre 16th century to modern canvases splashed with the likes of Kate Moss.

ICA

Galleries, a theatre, a bookshop and two cinemas are all well and good – but it’s the bar here that really packs them in for some ‘culture’.

The Hayward

The visual arts arm of the Southbank Centre, The Hayward hosts experiential and experimental shows in a curator’s wet dream of a space.

The Gagosian

Hosting some of the most inventive contemporary work on the arts scene across its seven worldwide outposts and with its finger firmly on the modern pulse.

Hauser & Wirth

This German art outfit packs an upper class, arty punch on an international scale.

Barbican

A multi-disciplinary venue which offers up Europe’s largest selection of arts, music, theatre and dance under one roof.

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