Local London Guide: The National Gallery   

Local London Guide: The National Gallery


This museum situated on the north side of Trafalgar Square is on the “must see” list for many visitors to London.

The Beginning

The National Gallery was agreed to build by the House of Commons in 1831 so that man with a van east london people in Britain enjoy visiting to see its art collection, and opened to the public in 1838. Trafalgar Square was chosen as a location to build this new art museum because it was easy to access from the West End where the Upper Class live and for the poor from the East End.


The National Gallery owns over 2,300 fabulous Western European masterpieces from the mid-13th century through to early 20th century. Artists on display include Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Holbein, Velazquez, El Greco, Murillo, Hogarth, Canaletto, Gainsborough, Monet, and Van Gogh. The attached building to the main building, the Sainsbury Wing, contains works by painters from 1250 to 1500, such as Giotto and Jan van Eyck.

Free 60 min. guided Tour is available everyday. If you are a first time visitor and do not know which artworks you should see, this might be an excellent opportunity to explore the gallery.

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Phone: +44 (0)20 7747 2885

Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment

Bus: 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 88, 139, 159, 176, 453

Tea Time

Restaurant and cafes in the gallery

There are three places for eating and drinking in the National Gallery. Two of them, The National Dining Rooms and The National Café, are operated by Peyton and Byrne. The former in the Sainsbury Wing serves great Classic Afternoon Tea. You can choose your favourite from more than 20 tea and coffee.

Café in the Crypt

You will find this café in the basement of St Martin in the Field, located right next to the National Gallery. This place was a crypt with brick vaulted ceiling and pillars, and now the tables and chairs stand on gravestones floor.



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