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The many marvellous art galleries in London

For those who have a passion for all things old and historic London is the city to visit. With a glorious history that stretches back to 2000 years, the city idyllically located along the banks of the Thames River is the perfect holiday spot in Europe. With a fine blend of historical landmarks, museums, entertainment and art galleries, London is truly a city that caters to varied tastes and interests.

All of this makes it a tourist hub with millions visiting the city every year. For those who want to indulge themselves on a holiday it is recommended to stay at any of the luxury hotels in London city centre. There are a number of trendy places to stay at in the area.

One such fine luxury boutique hotel is the M by Montcalm London Tech City Hotel that offers elegance and comfort at an affordable cost. While in the city some of the top art galleries worth a visit are:

Tate Modern Art Gallery:  One of the finest galleries in the world to view modern and contemporary art is the Tate Modern Art Gallery, which is also the nation’s national art gallery. Although it was established relatively recently in 2000, it houses a fantastic collection of art that dates back to the early 1900s. The Tate Modern forms part of the Tate network of art galleries. It has millions of visitors every year and is out of the most visited art galleries in the world. Its massive collection is divided into four main sections viz. Landscape/Matter/Environment, History/Memory/Society, Still Life/Object/ Real Life, and Nude/Action/Body. In the year 2006 exhibition sections were allotted on different floors, which feature art work from the 20th century. On level 2 visitors can view exhibits of contemporary art collections. Level 3 consists of an interesting collection of art work that is based on poetry, dreams and other intangible elements. The exhibits are captivating and portray expressions, human emotions and abstract creations.  Level 4 is reserved for temporary art exhibitions and an admission fee is charged. On level 5 visitors are treated to stunning creations of renowned and acclaimed modern and contemporary art.

Tate Britain: Another gem of an art gallery under the aegis of the Tate gallery network, it opened to the public in 1897. It contains some of the best of British art which begins from the 1500s. Of the numerous priceless collections featured most of them are of J.M.W. Turner. In fact the gallery has instituted the Turner Prize in his honour for which a single outstanding artist is selected annually, which is hosted at the venue. It consists of art creations of four artists that are shortlisted and placed on display.  Art creations that deal with sensitive or controversial themes are selected and the best of the 4 artists is chosen to receive this prestigious award. Visitors to its famous main space at the gallery can see permanent exhibits of British collections, while other areas feature the work of individual artists. The first Friday of every month is the busiest time when there are a variety of events like performance arts, live music etc. all that can be enjoyed at half the normal admission charges.

The National Portrait Gallery: With more than 10,000 portraits of some of the most influential figures in British political and social life The National Portrait Gallery is truly one of a kind. In fact it was the first such gallery in the world to be opened to the public in 1856. It is administered by public sponsors and falls under the purview of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports. Post expansion it also included other art forms including miniatures, paintings and sculptures.

Trafalgar Square’s National Gallery: It opened to the general public in 1824, and its vast collection features paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is home to some of the finest European and British artists and covers a vast expanse which includes the Renaissance, Baroque & Romanticism movements which feature prominently in the collections on display here.  The National Gallery also houses the greatest collection of the best Western European artworks. It is counted among the finest art galleries in the world and is renowned for its priceless collections of art work. Admission to the gallery is free of cost.

Whitechapel Gallery:  Although the Whitechapel Gallery is relatively small gallery in comparison to most of its eminent peers, it still holds its own unique niche among the competition. It was out of the first art galleries in the city that was funded by the public and serves as a venue for temporary exhibitions in the city. It exhibits the creations of contemporary artists, while also inviting emerging artists from the local community. It is located near Brick Lane and is bang opposite London Metropolitan University, which makes it a hub for modern art aficionados.

Saatchi Gallery: When it comes to contemporary art the Saatchi Gallery is right up there among the best in the world. While it has been relocated quite a few times in different parts of the city, it is now ensconced in the trendy district of Chelsea. It has played a prominent and influential role in the development of contemporary art in the country. With a stunning collection of art it is amazing that all of this is open to the public for free. It offer new and emerging artists a platform to display their creativity and helps to promote their talents. Being in the centre of Chelsea it offers easy access to shopping venues and some of the best restaurants in the city. It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring followed by a lavish meal at any of the fine dining establishments in the vicinity.

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