Guildhall Art Gallery

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Guildhall Art Gallery
4.5
Art Galleries • Art Museums
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Guildhall Art Gallery & London’s Roman Amphitheatre will be closed for essential maintenance work from 23 December until early April 2022. 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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The area
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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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  • Bank • 4 min walk
  • Bank • 5 min walk
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happytravels618
London, UK32 contributions
Jan 2020
Victlorian paintings and some contemporary, you'll see history in the art and see more if you take one of the free guided tours(phone for times, they are daily). The last one I went on was with Liz who is a blue badge London City Guide and I saw so much more more in paintings I already know and she took us to the wonderful amphitheatre in the basement for the history of its finding and it was a real find. It's been renovated fairly recently and their temporary exhibitions are always well curated but whilst not free like the rest of the gallery not very expensive. Go to the Guildhall too. The history of the city of London in different aspects awaits you here. Children's activities on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
Written January 28, 2020
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We are delighted to know that you enjoyed our Gallery and one of our free guided tours. Our next exhibition is The Enchanted Interior and it is on display from 13 March 2020. We hope that you visit again and thank you for the 5* review.
Written January 31, 2020
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Roving488978
4 contributions
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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Jason G
Petts Wood, UK5 contributions
Feb 2020
I often wonder whether hidden gems are hidden by accident or design. The Guildhall Art Gallery sits in the middle of one of the busiest business districts in the world but my guess is that a tiny fraction of those working nearby have ever visited or perhaps even know it exists.

I have to say the welcome is not as warm as it might be when one walks in. The ‘greeting’ you generally get is from a security guard who looms up as soon as you poke your head in. He may well be a very efficient security measure but I think he may have missed the customer service memo from head office.

It’s also not particularly clear whether you have to pay or book-in to enter and look around (neither is required). Again, my guess is that this would put a lot of people off at the first hurdle.

In any event, once you’re in, it all gets much better. I am no art connoisseur but there are some lovely paintings to admire from all sorts of perspectives, including as you would expect, lots of London historical context. However, for many visitors, I imagine the underground remains of the Roman amphitheatre would be the most compelling section of the gallery to explore. A real eye opener beneath the modern City streets.

There are free guided tours on certain days of week and it is also a routine stop-off point for the ‘Roman London’ City guided tours run from the tourism centre by St Pauls.

All in all, a free hidden gem which It would be nice to see more people visit. Don’t be put off before you get in!
Written February 19, 2020
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hilary d
London, UK550 contributions
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, UK1,721 contributions
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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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,721 contributions
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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Laura L
Chelmsford, UK117 contributions
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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wanderer_scotland
West Kilbride, UK1,231 contributions
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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Gianangel
London, UK362 contributions
Oct 2021
A hidden gem. The collection of painting is absolutely stunning. I can't believe it's not better publicised. Or maybe that's a great thing, as the venue is quite and mostly pretty empty, and one can take all his time to stop and take in all that beauty.
The Roman amphitheatre ruins are also very interesting and well displayed.
Written October 18, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,212 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
The glorious upper floors of Guildhall Art Gallery display one of the most impressive collections of Victorian art anywhere in the country, rivalling even Tate Britain’s collection. Many record events in the cultural and social life of London such as the investiture of the Lord Mayor or a meeting of the elders of a livery company. Some recall scenes from English history such as a portrait of a scene from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII in which the King thanks his First Minister Thomas Wolsey from quelling a rebellion. Some interesting sculptures as well. Downstairs there is a superb collection of oil paintings by the early twentieth century artist Sir Matthew Smith of landscapes in the south of France in vibrant Fauvist colours as well as a self-portrait. Also a room displaying recently acquired works some by contemporary artists. Also an exhibition of photographs celebrating the City of London’s working women. And the remains of a Roman amphitheatre are still open in the basement. A Noel Coward exhibition opens next month.

Written September 18, 2020
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