Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Art Gallery
City of London
(020) 7332 3700
(020) 7332 3342
Discover the art collection of the City of London Corporation and visit Guildhall Yard, a tranquil and historic square in the middle of the City. The Gallery was established in 1886 as, 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city'. See works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.
Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaelogists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988.
Gallery, Heritage site, Archaeological site, Museum
Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day
Ceremonial events at Guildhall sometimes require the Gallery to close, for advanced notice phone the information line.
Special Exhibitions are ticketed
Free to under 16s, Art Fund, City residents and City workers
- Museums Association
Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
The collections are mainly comprised of British works of art. Included are fascinating views of London & London life from the 16th Century to the present day, & Victorian paintings & sculpture including well-known Pre-Raphaelite works. The Gallery also houses the extensive Studio Collection of 20th-century colourist Sir Matthew Smith. There is a programme of changing exhibitions. Items not on display may generally be viewed in store by appointment.
Archaeology, Fine Art
Key artists and exhibits
- The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782
- The Seige of Gibraltar
- La Ghirlandata
- The Eve of St Agnes
- The Woodman's Daughter
- My First Sermon
- My Second Sermon
- The Wounded Cavalier
- Sir John Gilbert
- Too Early
- The Last Evening
- Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows
- Sir Matthew Smith
- Roman London's Amphitheatre
- 26 April 2013 — 31 March 2014 *on now
This celebration of the portraiture showcases works from the seventeenth century to the present day which explore the relationship between painter and sitter, artist and muse. A chance to see rarely-displayed paintings, alongside old favourites, in a thought-provoking setting.
- Any age
- Family friendly
The Big Power Nap
- 16 May 2014 5-9pm
For Museums At Night we're inviting all stressed out Londoners, City workers, hassled parents and strung out students to grab forty winks at our place. The Big Power Nap is not as long as a museum sleepover, but just long enough to get some much-needed R&R.
We're turning our atmospheric building into a chillout zone. Whether you get forty winks or zonk out for a full four hour cycle, we'll ensure you leave feeling revived and refreshed, ready for the weekend.
- Not suitable for children