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The quirkier and unsung enclaves of curios in the capital

'Adam & Eve' by Cranach 'Adam & Eve' by Cranach - © Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery

Tucked away in Somerset House, the Courtauld may not have a major visible presence, but it contains many of London's major artworks and, unlike the National or the Tates, there's no need for a ticketed time slot to control overcrowded galleries. In fact, on most visits one has the luxury of the place almost to oneself; surprising as the Courtauld has several paintings that would be the centrepiece of any blockbuster. Cranach, Rubens, Botticelli, Goya, Monet, Renoir... Need we go on?

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