The King's Gallery
The King's Gallery
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The King's Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.
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Neighborhood: Victoria
How to get there
  • Hyde Park Corner • 10 min walk
  • Green Park • 10 min walk
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  • Railene
    Budgewoi, Australia283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An insight to life in Georgian times
    It was an extensive, visual exhibition in to life and fashion in the Georgian era. The artwork, as well as gowns, jewels and accessories were a delight to see. Also note: the gift shop at this exhibit is the best of the Royal gift shops in Buckingham Palace precinct.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Caroline S
    Arlington, Virginia137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Portrait-Heavy, Clothing-Light Exhibit
    My husband and I went to the “Dressing the Georgians” exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery. It was a lovely exhibit, with meaningful content, a good audio guide accompaniment, and many portraits to illustrate the content. It was also a short exhibit, so there was no museum fatigue. The thing that kept it from top marks was that there weren’t many actual articles of clothing displayed; there were some, and the ones on display were fitting, just not enough.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Commuter2015
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Idiosyncratic booking system
    Ticket bought for exhibition can be used for any exhibition there for the following year but those extra visits cannot be booked online. Phone call required and costs £2. If going with a friend who doesn’t have a ticket they book online. Difficult then to ensure both can use the same time slot. Seems like an idiotic system. Exhibitions great but can’t be bothered with this hassle.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Antonietta T
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    The gallery was very educational and interesting. History at its best! At one point my audio guide lost battery power and a very kind gallery attendant asked me why I wasn't listening to the guide. I told him that it wasn't working and he promptly got me another one. So happy he did!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Smithy87
    429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Definitely 5* as you would expect in a Royal palace. Booked on line which was exceedingly easy and quick, tickets printed out at home. I took my daughter and granddaughter to see the Dressing the Georgians Exhibition. We started out with at leisurely lunch at The Buttery in Ebury Street only a short walk away from Buckingham Palace. We ere slightly early for our time slot so had to wait for a few minutes for entry. The first impression on entering was “wow”. The building is impressive, very light and airy and very, very clean. Plenty of staff, very friendly and courteous staff, all extremely well turned out. Airport style was security was well managed and then we were in. I found the exhibition mind blowing with a wealth of information, almost an overload at times. It was a relief to find that the exhibit information posters had not been written by “the woke brigade”; we were not bludgeoned into being made to feel ashamed about or country or past. The exhibits were mainly portraits of the Georgian Period along with a few stunning garments. In this day and age of modern technology it is almost overwhelming to realise that everything was made by hands (many hands). The stitching and seaming were immaculate. One multi laced collar took a lacemaker a year to make working for 15 hours a day. It is a tribute to her skill that visitors are able to see it. There was a short 10 minute talk about two of the portraits, one of George IV and Queen Charlotte which was very interesting. My only quibble is that I found it very difficult to hear, the huge height of the gallery swallowed up the speakers voice! My daughter relayed the info went the talk was finished. Not sure which was most impressive, the content of the talk or the fact that my daughter could remember it all. All in all we have a very enjoyable visit. However, I would have liked to have seen more garments displayed.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,376 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Current exhibition is outstandingly good
    We came here to visit the Dressing the Georgians exhibition. We delayed our visit until now so when we convert our tickets to an annual pass we can have as much time as possible to see at least one other exhibition. The exhibition itself is outstanding but there was so much to see we couldn't see it all within the 2 hours we set aside so we have already arranged a second visit to finish it off.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Clive W
    1,906 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Portraits but Too Many People
    This review is based on the Holbein exhibition. My friend and I pre-booked tickets and admission time some weeks ago, for a Friday morning. We had our ticket stamped so it is now valid for a year. Disappointingly, there was not a reduction for senior citizens. There were so many people at the exhibition that it was difficult to view the art on show. There were insufficient seats to sit and listen to the audio guide as so many people wanted to sit down. At one point, a long stream of people walked to the exit, clattering over the grille in the floor and it made such a noise it was impossible to concentrate. We were pleased at noon, when there was a talk, the room emptied so we could look in comparative peace! It seemed ridiculous that we saw people buying tickets for immediate entry when it was so crowded. Nevertheless, it was wonderful to admire Holbein’s skill, techniques and execution. For example, the fur on the Duke of Norfolk’s outfit was superbly depicted. The sketches of Sir Thomas Moore’s family were marvellous. Holbein’s methods and the context in which he painted were clearly explained. There are portraits, miniatures, charcoal/chalk sketches, armour and other Tudor portraits not by Holbein. The characters on show immersed the viewer in the Tudor world. We had never before seen portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (Katharine of Aragon’s parents). The labels were excellent. The audio guide, included in the ticket price, was easy to use and clear. The staff were pleasant.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Bob P
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HOLBEIN AT THE TUDOR COURT
    We visited the queen gallery for the first time for the exhibition of HOLBEIN AT THE TUDOR COURT and also a lunch time lecture on King Henry’s Armour given my Simon Metford. The exhibition was fantastic with the original artwork from the Tudor period. The armour talk was the real highlight of the visit as King Henry’s normally never is moved and put on display where you can get a 360 view.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • KrissieE
    London, United Kingdom45 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chaotic entry system
    The entry system was chaotic. Nobody knew where to queue and had to ask staff. I felt sorry for people who's English was limited, it must have been bewildering. Staff were frazzled and we got snapped at when we thought we had been called through ("Not you!") We finally got in about half an hour after the time of our ticket. It was packed. People seemed to be more interested in the captions and audioguides than the pictures themselves. Managed to see all the pictures eventually, beautiful drawings by Holbein in which the character of the sitters shone through. Here's a thought. How about some signage? Two A-boards, "2.15 entry queue here" and "2.30 entry queue here"? The times could be changeable as the day went on, of course.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • AlisonMG
    Canterbury, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Holbein
    Wonderful to see Holbein's sketches up close and the gallery explaining the materials and techniques he used was very interesting. Also impressed by the skill of the curators in providing such good explanatory text beside each drawing. Great value for money. The queue for entry was frankly bizarre and as a previous commenter has said could be easily improved with the addition of boards indicating where to queue based on time of entry.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
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Pinkertonx
Hereford, UK1,532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Do get the audio guide, it adds so much more to a smaller exhibition showing George IVs fabulous artwork and gold collections. We loved the great works of art but the gold plate was stunning – goldsmiths working at the top of their game for royal patronage. WE also had a short talk which was witty and interesting, giving some background to Georg’s personality, whims and misdemeanors. We spent several hours in the galleries, spellbound by the pomp and circumstance of it all!
Written January 21, 2020
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Traveldoc
Newton, MA70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This review is prompted by the exhibit on the collection of George IV: Power and Splendour, but it is really about the Gallery itself, which does not receive the attention it deserves.

The original structure was a conservatory, one of three designed by John Nash in the style of an Ionic temple. Completed in 1831, it became a private chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843. It was destroyed in an air raid in during WW II, and then redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962. It houses many masterpieces from this collection. The Queen's Gallery was opened in 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebration.

I have seen several exhibitions and irrespective of the focus, the colors, lighting and staging are brilliant. It is an intimate place in which one can spend a little time or a lot.

The staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and truly devoted to the gallery.

Many tourists seem to spend as much time in the shop as in the gallery. The shop does have some unique memorabilia.
Written March 30, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,735 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
The Royal Collection has an amazing collection of art from over the centuries, despite the Civil War in the 17th century when Charles I lost his head and much of the collection was then sold off.

The Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh create excellent themed exhibitions around different aspects of the collection, the last being on Leonardo di Vinci's amazing intricate drawings which has now moved from London to Edinburgh.

The 19th century kings before Queen Victoria were a funny lot, living in their own world

King George IV has a mixed reputation. With a variety of mistresses, several illegitimate children and huge debts, he was also a collector and patron of the arts and of architecture, enhancing the Royal art collection by buying works by a variety of artists including Rubens, Rembrandt and the Scottish artist David Wilkie, along with major remodelling of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and creation of the unique Pavilion in Brighton.

The exhibition at the Queen's Gallery tells the story of George IV - his life, his interests, his art collection and his architectural achievements. There is more however - he was instrumental in the foundation of one of our great universities, King's College London.

Written January 19, 2020
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Questers
Weston super Mare, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Among our most derided and self-indulgent of monarchs, George IV was also arguably the greatest and most avid contributor to what has become known as The Royal Collection; evidence this sumptuous display of the finest artworks almost too rich to fully digest in a single visit.

George's collecting zeal had the immense good fortune to coincide with the tyranny of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, both leading to an art market feeding frenzy; he was also eager to seize any opportunity to re-acquire works previously sold off by Oliver Cromwell.

Arms, armour, furniture, paintings and porcelain are of the highest quality, whilst there are also vivid accounts of the long-lost Carlton House, not to mention the wonderfully OTT Brighton Pavilion.

As ever, the whole is beautifully displayed in a gallery that always seems relaxed and rarely crowded. Magnificent!
Written February 26, 2020
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Bruce W
London, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
George IV as a collector.
A very well assembled collection of outstanding items. Paintings, silver, statues, furniture etc but perhaps George IV does not have the attraction of other monarchs. The gallery was as empty as I can remember but that allowed time and space to examine the exhibits.
It was a surprise and pleasure to come across the Rembrandt portrait of Agatha Bas [1641]. R was at the peak of his popularity and this is one of his finest portraits. This picture is seldom on display outside the Palace and to see it again after 20 years was a real treat.
One should note that if one has one’s entrance ticket endorsed on exit it allows admission to other exhibits at the Gallery free during the next 12 months.
Written January 17, 2020
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RobertBabb
Houston, TX88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A small Gallery filled with some wonderful pieces. The Red Room is stunning as are the treasures it holds. Some of my favorite things were The bust of The Duke of Wellington, The Portrait of David Garrick and the Stubbs painting of George IV (1791). The Gift shop is a great place to shop for a quality item to bring home. Even if the Gallery is too much for your budget -check out the Gift Shop. (They have a bargain table .)
Written January 14, 2020
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Queen's Gallery has on a very good exhibition on King George IV. The historical context is of course very interesting. Of course, perhaps most important, it is a rare opportunity to view a whole host of beautiful paintings, furniture, sculpture and other items that are not on display usually to the public. I would highlight the amazing furniture and a series of paintings by Thomas Lawrence.
Written January 18, 2020
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LondonDrac
London52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
You would expect the Queen to have the best paintings as so many of her relatives have been avid art collectors..well in that respect the Queens Gallery wont disappoint. My main reaction to seeing all the artwork was that it was of such high quality. I was seriously impressed.Some of the armoury artifacts were pristine and of such high quality. Its a great place to visit just behind Buckingham Palace and a few minutes walk from Victoria main line station.The tickets we bought allow unlimited further visits during the year so when the next exhibition opens we will be making a return visit. Staff are as one would expect highly knowledgeable.If you like art and history its a must see.
Written February 9, 2020
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Macenceman
Villa de Mazo, Spain91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were in staying in Kensington for a few days after visiting family in Banbury. we went to see the art, but it was like going back to school, I was taught at school that he was Prince of Wales and became Regent for his father King George III and was crowned King on the death of his father in 1820. He promoted the building of Regent Street, Regent´s Park, Brighton Pavilion and promoted the enlargement of Buckingham House (Bought by his father) to be Buckingham Palace as we know it today.
He was a great collector of art and interior decoration, this exhibition has wonderful pictures and furniture and is well worth seeing.
Written January 20, 2020
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Clive W
Orpington1,906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This review is based on the Holbein exhibition.

My friend and I pre-booked tickets and admission time some weeks ago, for a Friday morning. We had our ticket stamped so it is now valid for a year. Disappointingly, there was not a reduction for senior citizens. There were so many people at the exhibition that it was difficult to view the art on show. There were insufficient seats to sit and listen to the audio guide as so many people wanted to sit down. At one point, a long stream of people walked to the exit, clattering over the grille in the floor and it made such a noise it was impossible to concentrate. We were pleased at noon, when there was a talk, the room emptied so we could look in comparative peace! It seemed ridiculous that we saw people buying tickets for immediate entry when it was so crowded.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful to admire Holbein’s skill, techniques and execution. For example, the fur on the Duke of Norfolk’s outfit was superbly depicted. The sketches of Sir Thomas Moore’s family were marvellous. Holbein’s methods and the context in which he painted were clearly explained. There are portraits, miniatures, charcoal/chalk sketches, armour and other Tudor portraits not by Holbein. The characters on show immersed the viewer in the Tudor world. We had never before seen portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (Katharine of Aragon’s parents). The labels were excellent. The audio guide, included in the ticket price, was easy to use and clear. The staff were pleasant.
Written January 27, 2024
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