There’s good reason art fans flock to London and throng the halls of world class venues such as the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. The city is a treasure trove of masterpieces, from the old Masters as well as modern and emerging talent. If you’re looking for something a little low key though and are interested in checking out a great gallery, consider the Whitechapel Gallery as a somewhat lesser known space to indulge your hobby. Though it is not mentioned as much as the National Gallery or the Portrait Gallery, there’s a lot to see and do and it should definitely not be missed for anyone in search of fine art and culture.
What Is The Whitechapel Gallery?
The Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery in the centre of London, close to a number of our hotels near St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was first opened in 1901 and was one of the first publicly funded galleries in London, meaning there’s a big emphasis on local people and the local area. For those staying at the Montcalm Luxury Hotel London, it’s a gallery well worth visiting for an hour or two.
What’s At The Gallery?
There’s a lot to see and do at the gallery including numerous art exhibitions, displays, archives and a well-stocked bookshop. There are also art courses and education resources for visitors to take advantage of. If you’re planning to spend a while at the Whitechapel Gallery or you find yourself wanting to relax and reflect on the pieces you’ve observed, head to the gallery’s cafe for a light lunch or something to drink.
As Whitechapel Gallery is so close to many of the hotels near St. Paul’s, it’s ideal if you have a few hours spare and want to do something that doesn’t break the bank. As is the case with many London galleries, entrance to Whitechapel Gallery is completely free for all.
What Is There To See and Do?
The Whitechapel Gallery has a range of temporary exhibitions on show throughout the year, covering a number of different styles and eras. Many of the exhibitions at the gallery showcase the work of contemporary artists, with some others focusing more on what the local community would like to see. Past exhibitions have included works by some of the world’s most famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Frida Khalo plus many more.
Where Is The Gallery?
If you’re staying at the Montcalm Luxury Hotel London, you can visit the Whitechapel Gallery with ease by hopping on to the London Underground or a local bus; you can even walk if you’re feeling up to it. The nearest Tube stations are Whitechapel, Aldgate and Aldgate East. The Whitechapel Gallery is close by to Old Spitalfields Market, Tower Bridge and many other tourist attractions, making it a great place to include on your itinerary during a day of sightseeing.
Whitechapel Gallery is open to visitors all year long from 11am until 6pm, though it is closed on Mondays.