Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Gallery shows a changing display of about 250 artworks from its collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture, in addition to a programme of temporary exhibitions. A rich variety of Victorian paintings can be seen as you enter the Gallery, displayed in original 19th century style. The collections illustrate the key artistic movements and influences of the Victorian period, from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, to Orientalism, Classicism and narrative painting. The Gallery's collection of London paintings opens a window onto unusual, memorable and colourful scenes from the city's history.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • Helen W
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small Gem
    Lovely small gallery with friendly staff. Went early on a weekday so there weren't many people around and I had the Roman amphitheatre to myself, really interesting to just sit and soak it in! Free admission or pay what you want, I think the collection is completely worth a small donation and I happily bought a few postcards of some of my favourite paintings on display.
    Hi Helen. Thank you for your donation and purchase in the shop. We really appreciate your support.
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Paul H
    Surrey, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hit my sweet spot
    I loved this gallery. It's quite hidden away in the City so I'm not sure it's on most people's tourist trail but the art is absolutely superb. There are plenty of places to take a seat and spend some time if you wish, but it's not so large as to feel overwhelming. It hit one of my favourite periods of art, focussing on the Victorian era, so I guess it depends on your tastes a bit. There was also an exhibition of art about London which was a bit more hit and miss, but on the whole I think this is a wonderful gallery.
    It's not deliberately hidden! We are glad you were able to visit and thanks for taking the time to leave a positive review.
    Written September 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Dave B
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a little gem of a free gallery
    What a proper good find of a gem tucked away behind St Paul’s. Stumbled across this with 30mins before closing so didn’t get to see it all but what we did see was awesome. The Roman ruins in the basement literally and the Shakespeare documents a must see. Will be returning on our next trip to the big smoke to see the rest we missed. Staff were really friendly and the lady at the shop gave us a mini talk about the history. Beats many of the other free galleries in London hands down.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • David B
    El Barco de Avila, Spain660 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art Gallery with access to the Roman amphitheatre
    This free exhibit includes the remains of part of the Roman amphitheatre of London, a small exhibition on Sir Christopher Wren and another on Shakespeare, some London related paintings as well as the Art Gallery which shows a number of Victorian art pieces including some nice Pre-Raphaelite works. A good way to spend a quite hour. Note that you do not see the Guildhall itself.
    Thank you for visiting Guildhall Art Gallery & London's Roman Amphitheatre. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time looking at the permanent displays and the temporary exhibition 'Wren at Work', marking the tercentenary anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren's death.
    Written October 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • FIL M
    London, United Kingdom636 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in plain sight
    In all honesty we popped in here to get some respite from the torrential rain. It was actually a really interesting place to visit for an hour or so and see some great Victorian/Edwardian art and some later pieces. In addition, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre were an unexpected and delightful surprise.
    It's a pleasure to provide you somewhere beautiful and inspiring to dry off. You are welcome to visit when the weather is good too!
    Written November 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • JanS1750
    Northampton, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An undiscovered gem
    Treasures in gold and silver wire is such a fabulous exhibition. The intricacy of the embroidery is something to behold. On display are items spanning many centuries for example a coffin pall, Queen Mary’s Coronation dress, The Queen’s Coronation glove, a Yeoman of the Guard outfit, Garter robes, David Tennant’s costume for Hamlet, Darcy Bussell’s tutu. All magnificent. Thankfully this exhibition has been extended. In addition the Art Gallery is a gem with over 3000 paintings owned by The Corporation of London, a sample of which are on display. I was lucky enough to join a free tour in which the knowledgeable guide talked about some of the collection. The tour also included a visit to the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre discovered during the excavations during the 1990s. A wonderful visit
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 10, 2023
  • MagsY2014
    Sheffield, United Kingdom152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtakingly beautiful
    Went to the special exhibition of gold work. This was absolutely beautiful. The place was so quiet I was able to take my time and enjoy the sheer beauty and skill on display.The staff were lovely and I spoke to several other visitors so had a wonderful afternoon
    We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Guildhall Art Gallery and the temporary exhibition 'Treasures of Gold and Silver Wire'. Thank you for complimenting our staff and volunteers who work so hard welcoming all of our visitors. We hope you will consider visiting again in the future.
    Written November 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Tessa C
    Windsor, United Kingdom88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a place
    I love coming across unsung little gems in London and this place is one of them. Lovely, unexpected paintings of Lady Jane Grey,a stunning Clytemnestra,a Constable and the Roman remains of an amphitheatre,beautifully lit and explained. Very welcoming lady in the small shop. A great visit.
    We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Guildhall Art Gallery. The collection is full of interesting and surprising works of art! We will pass on your positive feedback to our Welcome and Shop Volunteers.
    Written March 6, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free Entry to see Roman Amphitheatre Ruins and Art Pieces
    The Guildhall offers free entry and you can make donations at the gift shop or by some of the exhibits. The highlight is definitely the history and ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre that was discovered here while they were building the Guildhall. Other highlights include the two story Gibraltar painting by John Singleton Copley, the Tower Bridge Exhibit, bust of then Prince Charles and a temporary exhibit on woodcutting and kaleidoscope inspired art by Anne Desmet. The Guildhall has a library that features the world's largest collection of books to a single city - London, large models of the city and a very nice washroom in the basement of the art gallery. This is an interesting spot to check out and you can save it for a rainy day and I would prioritize it for people interested in the Roman history of London or just London history in general. The Guildhall is close to St. Paul's and has a number of underground stations and bus stops nearby.
    Thank you for leaving a review of Guildhall Art Gallery. We are glad to hear that you also enjoyed visiting the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre and the temporary exhibition Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope/London. We just wanted to clarify that Guildhall Library and The London Centre (displaying the London models) are currently accessed from an entrance on Aldermanbury, not from Guildhall Art Gallery. We are glad to have great public transport links and other attractions to visit in the City nearby too! We hope that you will consider visiting again in the future. Please see our website for details of temporary exhibitions.
    Written July 7, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2024
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Ivor M
London, UK527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
To be frank I rarely write reviews of anything in London since I live here and keep my reviews for my travels, However, in this peculiar year my travels are restricted to London so it seems reasonable to write reviews. I regularly visit the Guildhall Gallery and had wanted to see the temporary exhibition before lockdown. So I am pleased to see it now. Limited opening. Book on-line. Controlled numbers. Toilets. Hand sanitizer. Very nice temporary exhibition-Enchanted Interiors. Limited part opening of the permanent galleries. You can see many of the great Victorian paintings but the many of London not yet back. Go again.
Written August 18, 2020
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Brian H
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The first impression is that this is a beautifully designed gallery. The quality of the building stands out. The paintings aren't quite top rate but some are very beautiful and others are of historical interest for their portrayal of London life. There's a hilarious statue of our future king! The galleries are spread out intriguingly and you can have a good stroll around. The Roman amphitheatre is likewise impressively presented; in fact the swish of the installation outshines the remains themselves. Very strongly recommend for a visit.
Written January 9, 2020
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Thank you for your 5* review and I am glad to know that you enjoyed your visit and found something of interest in our Gallery.
Written January 24, 2020
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We went today to specifically see the Noel Coward Exhibition, which was free with my National Art Pass. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the life work of Mr. Coward. The exhibition details his childhood through to his old age. We found out about where he lived, saw artefacts that were in his various homes and saw numerous photographs, programmes and paintings associated with his life. I didn't realise how much he had written and performed. He was also an artist and some of his pantings are displayed. Detailed also of the important friends in his life. The outfits that were worn by his leading ladies and even some of Mr. Coward's own clothes were on display. There were also film clips of him and his friends and clips from his films. A truly comprehensive account of his life. Wonderful!
Written June 22, 2021
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Roving488978
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I wish I had discovered the Guildhall Art Gallery sooner! From the moment of arriving the staff and volunteers were friendly and the free guided tour was great. The guide highlighted various paintings that I might have missed and they all have fascinating stories behind them. How lucky we are to have the volunteers who give them time and knowledge so generously. A great collection of paintings and the facilities are spotless. The Noel Coward exhibition was a bonus and I hope to visit both again soon! Thanks you for all your hard work.
Written September 12, 2021
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Hi Roving488978. Thanks for your review. We're so grateful to all of our volunteers and the City Guides as well; we think they do a fantastic job as well! For your information, the Noël Coward: Art & Style exhibition runs until 23 December 2021. The Gallery and Amphitheatre will re-open after a short break over Christmas and New Year and we have a new temporary exhibition opening in 2022.
Written September 30, 2021
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Simon G
Broad Oak, UK323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had not planned on visiting this gallery (didn’t even know it existed!) , and just popped in as we were passing.

It is beautifully curated, with the exhibits in themes and lots of London paintings. Even more unexpected were the Roman amphitheatre remains in the basement.

And all this was free! Recommended.
Written January 18, 2020
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We are delighted that you were able to find us and enjoyed our wonderful Gallery and amphitheatre. I hope that you will recommend us to anyone that you know that might be interest in visiting.
Written January 24, 2020
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Laura L
Chelmsford, UK126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
How have I never found this beautiful gallery before? It is absolutely entrancing and I can’t wait to return. I went for the Noel Coward exhibition which was delightful but spent more time wandering around the gallery and finding paintings that I recognised but never knew were housed here! To add to my excitement, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre wonderfully displayed in the depths. Lovely lady in reception made me feel welcome. Just a shame it doesn’t have a coffee shop.
Written September 27, 2021
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Hello Laura. Thank you very much for your comments and we hope you will consider coming back for our next temporary exhibition in the new year. We'd love to have a coffee shop as well, but unfortunately to fit one in we would have to take some artworks off display, which we don't think would be worth it.
Written September 30, 2021
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hilary d
London, UK765 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This was our third visit to this wonderful free art gallery.There is a Noel Coward exhibition on until December,very interesting!We also took the free guided tour,we were shown some selected paintings in detail and toured the amphtheatre.

Outside there was an exhibition about Keats.The court yard is beautiful!
Written November 7, 2021
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Have been here many times and it never disappoints. We went to the Noel Coward exhibition first - a small and very interesting exhibition detailing the varied and interesting life of this man. My only criticism is that the captions are in small type. This is ok when reading at eye level but some of the captions are near the floor and it is impossible to read these without bending down, difficult for some people! Afterwards we had a look round at the themed gallery on the first floor and there are some beautiful and interesting paintings here. A small shop sells good quality souvenirs. You can also peek at the roman amphitheatre in the basement, but this is not open to wander round, due to covid.
Written October 28, 2021
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Thank you for your review and constructive feedback. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the exhibition design and wanted to let you know that we take this feedback very seriously; we will be making changes so that our next exhibition opening in 2022 is more accessible. We're sorry if you thought the amphitheatre was closed - you should have been able to get into the basement by following the one-way route. Thankfully it's not going anywhere so you will still be able to see it next time you visit!
Written October 29, 2021
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wanderer_scotland
West Kilbride, UK1,419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Was in London with my wife for a weekend, and we have done all the major sites to see in the city, and with my visits now I like to take the chance to visit the countless number of free museums and art galleries that the city has to offer that go under the radar.

We had planned to visit the National Gallery, but could not get a booking slot, and after looking around the Guildhall Art Gallery came not behind, and it had plenty of times.

Located not far from St Paul's and Bank Tube Station in the east end of the City of London, its easily accessible.

Not the biggest, but you could easily spend a good 2 hours here, and at our time of visit they had a exhibition on the life and times of Noël Coward (who I really only knew as Mr Bridger in the Italian Job) and after this visited the Roman Amphitheatre (worth doing if you plan to visit the near by Museum of London) and the full time exhibition.

Just the right size that you can kill a couple of hours, but not over powering that you will be left drained by the end of it.
Written November 2, 2021
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Hi wanderer_scotland. Thanks for taking a chance and visiting Guildhall Art Gallery! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 7, 2021
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Helen W
Edinburgh, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Lovely small gallery with friendly staff. Went early on a weekday so there weren't many people around and I had the Roman amphitheatre to myself, really interesting to just sit and soak it in! Free admission or pay what you want, I think the collection is completely worth a small donation and I happily bought a few postcards of some of my favourite paintings on display.
Written July 25, 2023
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Hi Helen. Thank you for your donation and purchase in the shop. We really appreciate your support.
Written August 17, 2023
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