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“A lovely escape”

The Courtauld Gallery
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Ranked #26 of 1,591 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.
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“A lovely escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

The gallery is not too big, intimate but with stunning art. It is a joy to browse the various levels and then have lunch/tea/coffee in their cafe in the basement. Good food - really good for a cafe - great teas, cake too. A very special place in the middle of London.

Visited November 2013
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“Exquisite small collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Small but well thought out collection of art from Fra Angelica to Picasso. Not as busy as the main collections at the National or the Tate allowing the viewer to really enjoy the works on display.
Only takes about an hour to see everything but is well worth the visit

Visited December 2013
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“Great Selection of Paintings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

This is not the largest of galleries but it has a good range of paintings by the great artists. I visited on a Monday and the adult entry fee was only £3 so a bargain as well. Wandering through the rooms and looking out on to the ice skaters below was a delightful break from the chaos of London outside.

Visited December 2013
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

The Courtauld is not exactly 'hidden' in its Somerset House location - but I get the impression that it is less well known than many other galleries in London. However, I absolutely guarantee that if you are an art lover, you will see several wonderful paintings which you will already know from reproductions - for example, Manet's 'bar at the Folies Bergere'; a van Gogh self-portrait with bandaged ear; 3 or 4 stunning Gaugins, including a version of 'Nevermore'; Monet's 'La Loge'; works by Cezanne and Degas... and so on. We also saw an exhibition of early drawings by Durer. All this for a very reasonable £6 - a bargain! On our visit, there was also a temporary ice rink in the courtyard - so, something for everyone. There are lockers which can hold small cases in the basement.

Visited December 2013
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“From Ice Skating to Fine Art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

I visited in late November and just outside the Courtauld Gallery is an ice-skating rink. So it's feasible that there is something for everyone to do.

The gallery is just lovely and late November is a great time to go - uncrowded. The collection is just amazing.

Visited November 2013
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