The list below shows the museums and galleries we currently visit. Let us know where you would like to go, how long you would like to spend there and any special interests you may have. We will then give you lots more information about each visit together with our fees.
This wonderful building on Whitehall may easily be missed and is one few Londoners appear to visit. Completed in 1636 the Banqueting House is a short walk from Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and Horse Guards Parade. Designed by Inigo Jones the 17th century English architect and designer of masques, it contains the only surviving, in-situ Rubens ceiling and stands as a monument to the role art and architecture played in Stuart dynastic power and politics. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery on Trafalgar Square was established in1856 and differs from many other national galleries in that its collection was intended to represent the nation’s history. The 17th century was one of major scientific discovery, increased global trade, civil war and cultural innovation. The gallery’s large collection of 17th century portraits includes members of the Stuart royal dynasty, their architects, musicians, playwrights and political opponents. The visit fits very well with that to the nearby Banqueting House. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House
Today’s Somerset House is situated on the Strand and was designed by the 18th century architect Sir William Chambers. The gallery named after the industrialist Samuel Courtauld, a keen early 20th century collector of European modern art contains a fabulous collection ranging from the early Renaissance to 20th century works. The gallery holds a particularly fine collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
Centrally located on Trafalgar Square and next door to the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery opened to the public in 1838. Housing an immense collection of paintings covering seven centuries of western art, Artichoke London offers three different visits. From the mathematical design of Piero della Francesca to Titian’s exquisite colour; from the confident swagger of Van Dyke’s portraits to the modernity of Paris, the National Gallery collection never ceases to enthrall and surprise. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
A late 18th century mansion near Oxford Street houses a private collection bequeathed to the nation by Sir Richard Wallace’s widow in 1897. Displaying art, furniture and objets collected by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, son of the last Marquess, the collection is renowned for its 18th century French painting, furniture and porcelain. It also includes wonderful Old Master paintings by Van Dyck, Rubens and Canaletto together with London’s finest collection of Orientalist paintings. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
In 1889 the industrialist Henry Tate offered his collection of British art to the nation and today’s building on the banks of the river Thames opened eight years later in 1897. The 2013 rehang of its collection of paintings and sculpture offers a walk through British art from 16th century wood panel portraits to contemporary video installations. As with the National Gallery, Tate Britain holds an extensive collection and Artichoke London offers three different visits. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
Canaletto’s 18th century view of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, its river frontage and distant Queen’s House remains virtually unchanged and has been awarded World Heritage status. A glorious architectural record of one of the nation’s most turbulent periods Greenwich is the product of some of England’s greatest architects – Inigo Jones, Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh. This is one of London’s greatest sites and one often unvisited by both residents and overseas visitors. Greenwich may be reached by boat, the journey itself providing an interesting and different visual perspective of London and its history. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
Located in Bloomsbury close to the British Museum, the Foundling Hospital was established in 1739 for the ‘education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children’. It rapidly became one of London’s most fashionable charities with art and music playing a key role; Hogarth and Handel established close relationships with the hospital as governors and artists. The Foundling Museum’s unassuming exterior conceals a stunning interior together with a fine collection of paintings including a number by Hogarth. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.
The museum is situated on Lincoln’s Inn Fields where Sir John Soane lived until his death in 1837. Containing a fascinating collection of antiquities, sculptures, prints and paintings it is a monument to Soane as architect, teacher and collector. The museum is a fine example of a Georgian interior, and this together with its contents, make it one of London’s most enjoyable visits. Please contact Artichoke London for further details.