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Unleash your artistic side at the best galleries in London

Published: Tuesday 29th of March 2011

Artistic London attractions are some of the most acclaimed in Europe, with plenty of art galleries in the capital to keep you occupied for days on end.

With royal wedding fever continuing at apace, one of the things to do in London you may not want to miss is the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

This is a permanent space for showcasing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, under which art and treasures are entrusted to the Queen for the enjoyment of members of the public.

While there is a variety of exhibitions on show this year, one that may catch your attention is Treasures from the Royal Collection.

If you plan to visit the UK's capital between April 15th and October 9th then you can head to Buckingham Palace and discover works of art that for more than 500 years have been gathered by kings and queens.

Artists on display include Stubbs, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain and Van Dyck. Even if you are not clued up on your art, you could appreciate the opulent surroundings of the gallery, located in the official residency of Her Majesty the Queen.

And the exhibition will be in place just in time for the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, who have been revealed to have ordered two different cakes for their big day on April 29th.

While the bride-to-be is to have a traditional, tiered fruit cake, the Prince has requested a chocolate cake made with McVitie's biscuits.

After spending time examining older paintings, you might decide to go to the opposite end of the scale and discover the artwork at the Tate Modern. Here, pieces date from 1900 onwards.

The Tate Modern on Bankside - established in 2000 - is easily accessible by its special boat service which runs every 40 minutes between Tate Britain and itself. The nearest Underground stations include Mansion House and Southwark.

Until April 25th you will be able to enjoy the work of Gabriel Orozco, who creates unique sculptures and captures everyday, simple and otherwise-forgotten occurrences on camera.

There is also plenty of other artwork on display from artists including Picasso, Dali and Ernst - and best of all, entrance to the Tate Modern is free.

You may be impressed that pieces painted by Picasso on show include Flowers from 1901, Seated Nude 1909-10, Still Life 1914 and Girl in a Chemise circa 1905.

Its sister gallery Tate Britain has works of art dating from 1500 to the present day and therefore has something for everyone, whether your interest is in the current Turner Prize winner, modern artists or even paintings from the Tudor period.

And just in case you still have time to take in even more of the city's leading attractions, then you can also enjoy free entrance at the National Gallery. It has more than 2,000 western European paintings from famous artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet and Turner.

With such an array of artwork to be found in London, you can spend hours lost in the capital's famous galleries. Many enjoy free entry, which means your holiday budget can stretch further.

The galleries are family friendly too, with plenty of activities to keep kids occupied while the adults explore every floor.

If you plan to visit London alone, or with your family in tow, then you may want to make sure you drop in to at least one of its well-known galleries to add an injection of culture into your city getaway.

Why not end a day on your feet with a relaxing drink in some of the bars along the Thames, or at one of the city's top restaurants?  

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