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The Fourth Plinth at The National Gallery © Abigail Lelliott / Time Out
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger © The National Gallery, London
Julian Opie portraits © Time Out
© National Gallery, London
The Central Hall © National Gallery, London
Leonardo's 'Lady with an Ermine', 1489-90 © National Gallery
The Sainsbury Wing © National Gallery, London
© National Gallery, London
Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh © Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
The National Gallery cafe © Rogan Macdonald
Children's painting workshop © Susannah Stone/Time Out
Trafalgar Square Free

Founded in 1824 to display a collection of just 36 paintings, today the National Gallery is home to more than 2,000 works. There are masterpieces from virtually every European school of art. The modern Sainsbury Wing extension contains the gallery’s earliest works: Italian paintings by early masters like Giotto and Piero della Francesca. The basement of the Sainsbury Wing is also the setting for temporary exhibitions. In the West Wing are Italian Renaissance masterpieces by Correggio, Titian and Raphael; in the North Wing, seventeenth-century Dutch, Flemish, Italian and Spanish Old Masters. In the East Wing (reached via the street-level entrance in Trafalgar Square) are some of the gallery’s most popular paintings: works by the French Impressionists and post-Impressionists, including on of Monet’s water lily paintings and one of Van Gogh’s sunflowers series. You can’t see everything in one visit to the National Gallery, but the free guided tours and audio guides will help you make the most of your time. There’s also a wonderfully atmospheric café stocked with Oliver Peyton goodies, and a fine-dining restaurant, the National Dining Rooms.

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Venue name: National Gallery
Address: Trafalgar Square
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
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Sometime between 1565 and 1570, Giovanni Battista Moroni painted Il Tagliapani (The Tailor) on view in the National Gallery's Room 12.

Il Tagliapani emerges from black space a free man without pretension but with a diginified chest and a judging eye.  He wears a cream-coloured rough-textured doublet, dotted lines flowing down the front.  A brown belt decorates his waist.  Blood red round hose completes the clothing.  His right hand, clasping gleaming black shears, rests on a table.  He is about to slit black material along a dotted line. 

Moroni's depiction of Il Tagliapani as the equal of his clientele is a great achievement for a Sixteenth Century painter, but there is more. 

Shears may be used as a tool or a weapon, depending on necessity.

Moroni anticipates five hundred years of history.

Victoria B

The current Goya exhibition is wonderful. This is a great place to see some fantastic and historical works of art, and all for free!

Luisa G

Lovely collections of artwork, some is more impressive than other bits. it's also a great place for public toilets when you're desperate and in central London!

Staff Writer

Love the impressionists work on display here. Great gallery in the heart of the city

Joss B

Quite simply a Masterpiece of a Gallery filled with Masterpieces. 

The gallery is filled by works by some of the finest masters in art history, and each one of them is among the finest examples if their work. While the museum counts the Sainsbury Wing's rooms last chronologically, the contents is in fact the earliest work and the place to start. Move from the left of the gallery plan to the right and you travel through a chronology of art ending with the Impressionists, taking in the finest examples of work and styles as you go.

Tara P

The National Gallery is a must-do experience in London. The quality and variety of artwork on show is incredible, and the fact that it’s free to enter is astounding. 

Personal highlights include Stubbs’s Whistlejacket and Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress – I could stare at the gigantic Whistlejacket canvas for hours (and have done so)!

The crowds can sometimes be off-putting – try to go earlier in the morning or later in the day if you can. 


Perhaps the finest and among the most visited art museums in the world.

What to say? fantastic especially the rooms devoted to the Impressionists ....... worth visiting! Among the other you are allowed to take pictures without flash.

Stevie King

Van Gogh exhibit is a must see for any art lover, it's truly moving to see his most famous pieces together, absolutely beautiful. Whole gallery is amazing.

Harvey Appleby

This is an essential visit to an old friend, majestic, personal, inspiring and full of hidden treasure. Always stopping to see the breathtaking delaroche "execution of lady jane grey", a powerful, tragic and vast piece of work. The National Gallery is truly a space for everyone, anyone, all of us.


A perfect place to keep an eye on for different exhibitions to lose yourself in. Wonderful building as well.