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London’s Best Art Collections

The capital’s art scene is as eclectic as the city itself, and it’s possible to flit between Renaissance masterpieces and contemporary stars all within a few gallery steps.
Tate Britain, originally opened in 1897

Contemporary

TATE MODERN

This outstanding art gallery, housed in a creatively revamped brick power station on South Bank, has been extraordinarily successful in bringing challenging work to the masses, both through its free permanent collection and fee-paying, big-name temporary exhibitions. There are free, guided highlights tours at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm daily (tate.org.uk; Queen’s Walk; free).

SAATCHI GALLERY

Famed for courting controversy, the gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of experimental and thought-provoking work across a variety of media. The white and sanded bare-floorboard galleries are magnificently presented, but save some wonder for Gallery 13, where Richard Wilson’s beautiful 20:50 is on permanent display. An interesting shop draws visitors in on the first floor (saatchi gallery.com; King’s Rd; free).

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