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Visit London’s top galleries during the Summer downpours

Rainy days aren’t exactly rare in London. Luckily, there are a wide range of indoor activities to take part in. Here is a list of the capital’s finest art galleries.

Visit the crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery without having to worry about ticket prices. You can view over 2,000 Western European paintings ranging from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, all free of charge. Founded in 1824, the gallery is home to paintings from all of the continent’s major art schools.

The Barbican Art Gallery is a world-class arts and learning organisation where you can enjoy a range of displays and entertainment. These range from major photography, fine art and design exhibitions. The complex is also home to a cinema, a theatre and a library.

Hayward Gallery, located on the South Bank of the Thames, is famous for its long history of presenting work by the world’s most adventurous and innovative artists. Along with enjoying the work, you will be able to witness the building’s signature Brutalist style of architecture – Hayward is the only gallery in the world built in such way.

Founded by Sir Henry Tate, Tate Britain is one of the best museums when it comes to British art, along with the National Gallery. It features work by the likes of Reynolds, Hogarth and Turner.

The Art Now exhibition showcases some of the most promising upcoming British artists. The restaurant inside the gallery’s also worth a visit!

The other Tate in this list, is the Tate Modern which offers a range of modern art as its name indicates. Established in 2000 in the former Bankside Power Station, it holds the best of British contemporary art as well as many international artists. The museum has been a huge success, attracting over 4 million yearly visitors.

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