National Gallery admission is free
The National Gallery has been sharing its love of art for nearly 200 years. The collection has grown considerably over the centuries. Today, the National Gallery owns over 2,300 paintings, most of which were produced between the 13th and 19th centuries. Some of the most popular paintings include works by Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, and Georges Seurat.
Visiting the National Gallery is a great option for art lovers traveling on tight budgets. The museum offers free admission every day of the week. Plan to visit the museum Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Affordable London travel
Although some hotels in London charge high prices, most people find that they can visit the city without spending too much money. You can save money starting with flight tickets. There are many budget airlines and travel aggregators like GoEuro displaying cheap flight options to London.
Once you reach the city, you can rely on its large public transit system. The London Underground has 11 lines that run among 250 stations. You can get the best prices by paying with Oyster (a smartcard that works for all of London’s public transportation options) or a contactless payment card. No matter what neighborhood you want to visit, you can get there for just a few pounds.
London Public Art
There are lots of things to love about public art. First, you don’t have to spend any money tosee it. Second, public art often pushes boundaries to give you a unique experience that you won’t find in many museums. London has so much public art that you probably can’t see it all during one trip (unless you dedicate your travel plans to viewing public art, of course). If you have limited time, make sure you see:
Abigail Fallis’s “DNA DL90” at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Richard Wentworth’s “Topping Out” at the Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park (SE15 4ST)
Simon Fujiwara’s “Modern Marriage” between Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall
London Art Galleries
Like most large cities, London has countless art galleries that you can visit. Many of London’s galleries, however, take an adventurous approach to choosing which pieces to display. Barbican Art Gallery, for instance, has a Basquiat retrospective opening in September 2017. You don’t often get to see his work outside of the United States. Barbican Art Gallery also has spaces for dance, film, music, and theatre. Check its website to find an< event that interests you.
Other galleries you should consider include:
You have to see art in person to experience it fully. Looking at images on your computer just doesn’t communicate the full idea. The next time you plan a vacation, consider heading to London so you can witness the city’s most exciting artwork.