London’s best small galleries

Lulu Le Vay, November 2017

Love visiting the Tate and the National Gallery, but inquisitive to discover new and lesser known work in different parts of the Capital? Then here’s your ultimate guide to the best small galleries in London.

The South London Gallery
Based in Camberwell, The SLG has been around since its inception in 1891, and has now become an internationally renowned public institution. Not only is the gallery free to all, but the gallery prides itself on showing new work from both known and emerging artists. The SLG also puts on talks, and has an extensive range of educational and creative activities, curated for young people and adults. And its newly revamped and spectacular garden by Gabriel Orozco is well worth a visit.

The Old Police Station
Just down the road from the SLG is this hidden gem in the heart of up-and-coming Deptford. The Old Police Station is what it is – an abandoned cop shop which has been turned into a unique space to both show and make art, as well as housing rehearsal studios, performance spaces, a radio station and cocktail bar. As the cultural headquarters for the area, this is a must-visit for those who are bored with Dalston (yawn) and are looking for something a little more edgy.

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Large Glass
If you head north of the river to Caledonian Road, you will discover the Large Glass gallery, a commercial space which shows contemporary art curated through a range of diverse themes. Inspired by the spirit of Marcel Duchamp, this gallery is a place to visit to discuss art, engage the senses, and even buy a piece if your budget allows. Modest yet sensationally modern.

The Wapping Project
For something a little different, the Wapping Project – which is situated next door to the Tate Modern – focuses on lens-based media from a regular roster of artists such as Lillian Bassman, Deborah Turbeville and Elina Brotherus. Expect an impressive array of talks and events to accompany the exhibitions. Perfect for a full-on arty day out.

Victoria Miro
How could we not include Hackney? The Victoria Miro gallery is a bit of a trek to find, but worth it when you get there. Tucked away on a desolate road between Hoxton and Islington, the space overlooks a delicious stretch of the Regent’s Canal and the perfect spot to escape the craziness of London’s hustle bustle. Expect to see known artists such as Grayson Perry alongside some emerging talent.

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