|Venue name:||Guildhall Art Gallery||Contact:|
off Gresham St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon-4pm|
|Price:||Temporary exhibitions £5, £3 concs|
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Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016
Claes Jansz Visscher’s 1616 engraving of London shows us a medieval city of spires and steeples that has almost entirely vanished. Four centuries on, artist Robin Reynolds has given the engraving the reboot treatment, creating a six-foot panorama that...Until Sunday November 20 2016 FreeRead more
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What a gem in the city!
They scan your handbag like at the airport at the entrance, but after that you are free to explore (for free too) this spacious, gorgeous gallery full of Victorian paintings in the main gallery and some interesting exhibitions downstairs.
Plus you can see some pretty old London bits in the London Roman Amphitheater that I believe was discovered when they were renovating the gallery itself (It's almost like finding the biggest ever Viking ship while renovating the Viking ship museum - but that was in Reykjavik.
Funnily enough, looking at some of those idealized Victorian depictions of women cuddling and whatnot I found myself thinking - but is this art? Perhaps I spent too much time at Tate Modern!
Don your Sunday best, see the gallery and then mingle at the pretty square with all those important city people lunching there during the breaks in their very important jobs.