Visit 10 of the best independent art galleries in London, including:
Haunch of Venison
This is now a firm favourite on London’s art menu as well as establishing a reputation internationally. The three-storey mega gallery represents some impressive artists, including Rina Banerjee, Justin Mortimer and Thomas Heatherwick.
Blain Southern Mayfair
Harry Blain and Graham Southern opened this gallery in 2010 and it is already considered part of London’s premier league of galleries. The gallery is rapidly gaining a reputation for its compelling shows. In early 2012, Blain Southern held an intimate exhibition of Freud’s drawings.
The Pace Gallery
This gallery was founded by Arne Glimcher in 1960. It is one of the earliest galleries to develop the idea of the art gallery as brand. They also established Pace Beijing in 2008, which was a statement about the buoyancy of the Chinese art market and their international appeal.
Founder Larry Gagosian is widely regarded as the most important dealer in the art world. He has 11 galleries established internationally, with two based in London. He represents important artists such as Richard Prince, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Rachel Whiteread.
Founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail and Fiona Hildyard, this pioneering gallery on Bell Street represents important artists including Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon and Ai Weiwei. Their shows often explore contemporary cultural values in a subtle approach.
The Wapping Project, Bankside
The Wapping Project Bankside focuses on lens-based media, and their roster of artists includes Lillian Bassman, Deborah Turbeville and Elina Brotherus. The gallery is located on the south bank of the Thames and is very close to the Tate Modern, so it’s easy to visit both attractions on London’s riverbank.
White Cube Gallery
Jay Jopling is the founder, and Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and the Chapman Brothers all have him to thank for their success. The gallery was his brainchild and it now exists as a symbol of Britart’s triumph in the art world. White Cube’s shows manage to be both glamorous and intelligent.
Hauser and Wirth
Founded in Zurich in 1992 by Ursula Hauser, Manuela Wirth and Iwan Wirth, this European super-gallery arrived in London in 2003. The gallery has also gained a reputation for supporting radical installation artists. Their exhibition programme shows critically acclaimed artists such as Paul McCarthy, Diana Thater and Martin Creed.
The gallery is situated on a road between Hoxton and Islington and set in its own beautifully landscaped garden. There’s a ground floor space, but the real treat is the staircase up to the top gallery, which leads to an exceptionally well-lit gallery. Victoria Miro represents artists such as William Eggleston, Doug Aitken and Grayson Perry, and also helps support emerging artists.
Johnny Van Haeften
This is quite a small gallery on Duke Street and is the only gallery in London dealing exclusively in Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings. The gallery’s inventory includes works by artists such as Gerard Ter Borch, Salomon van Ruisdael and Jan Steen.