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Whatever it is you are looking for from one of the many London galleries located around the capital, there is sure to be one which caters for your personal taste.

Indeed, with collections ranging from contemporary art to pieces from renowned 13th century painters, London has an art gallery to suit you.

Added to this is the good news that the majority of galleries in the capital are also free to visit, which means that you can enjoy your favourite as many times as you wish.

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Tate Britain

Holding approximately 10,000 pieces of art, the Tate Gallery has built itself up to become one of the premier collections of modern and past art in the world.

The collection embraces work covering all types of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, photography, performance and video and film.

Open daily from: 10am-6pm. Tel: 020 7887 8888. Free entry, except for major exhibitions.

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Tate Gallery of Modern Art

The building itself was transformed from an old power station and the gallery is fast attracting its fair share of visitors.

Located at Bankside, it contains international modern art based around four main themes: Landscape, Still Life, The Nude and History.

The Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art, which is defined as art produced post 1900.

Open daily from: Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-10pm. Tel: 020 7887 8888 Free entry, except for major exhibitions.

Serpentine Gallery

Alternatively, one of the premier London galleries can be found in the heart of Kensington Gardens.

Originally founded 40 years ago by the Arts Council of Great Britain the gallery attracts around 600,000 visitors a year and is one of the best places for visitors to go and appreciate modern and contemporary art and architecture.

Among the many artists to exhibit their works at the Serpentine are Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Henry Moore.

Open daily from 10am to 6pm. Tel: 020 7402 6075. Free entry.

National Gallery

Housing one of the greatest art collections in the world, the National Gallery can be found on the north side of Trafalgar Square.

Established in 1834, the historic gallery is home to a number of works by renowned artists from the 13th to the 19th centuries including Claude Monet, Leonardo da Vinci and William Turner.

Open daily from: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (Wed till 8pm), Sun noon-6pm. Tel: 020 7839 3321. Free entry.

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National Portrait Gallery

A short walk next door will see visitors having the opportunity to peruse the National Portrait Gallery's 7,000 paintings, sculptures and photographs.

It contains illustrations of a number of prominent individuals who have helped to shape the history of the UK including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I and many others.

Among some of the highlights are the Tudor, Victorian and Weldon galleries.

Open daily from: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. Tel: 020 7306 0055. Free entry.

Royal Academy of Arts

This gallery is an independent, privately-funded body which is run by leading artists and architects.

It was founded by George III in 1768 to promote painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

Today the Royal Academy continues to encourage the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

Visitors to the Royal Academy can benefit from its programme of internationally-renowned loan exhibitions, gallery education programmes, seminars and debates.

Open from: Sat-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-10pm. Tel: 020 7300 8000. Free and paid for exhibitions available.

Barbican Art Gallery & the Curve

Located at Silk Street, the Barbican is not just an arts gallery.

The centre also presents a diverse programme of world-class performing and visual arts, encompassing all forms of classical and contemporary music, international theatre and dance, visual arts and design.

In addition to this, there is a cinema programme which blends first-run films with specially-themed seasons

Open daily from: Mon-Sat 9am - 11pm, Sundays and Public Holidays noon - 11pm.  Tel: 020 7638 4141.

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The Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery in its current guise was opened in 2008 by Charles Saatchi - one half of the acclaimed global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.

However, more recently the advertising guru has branched out into the arts sector helping a number of up and coming artists find a place for their work.

His gallery contains his huge and changing collection of art and it is open to the public.

The current premises are located on the Kings Road.

Open daily from: 10am-6pm. Tel: 020 7811 3085. Free entry.

Brick Lane Gallery

Visitors to this east London will be able to take in a number of exhibits which promote some of the best contemporary and street art by British and international artists.

A heavy focus is placed on emerging and mid-career artists and you may even be lucky enough to coincide your visit with one of the gallery's integrated programme of exhibitions.

Indeed, the long list of names associated with the gallery is enough to get even the most hardened art fan excited.

Exhibits by Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans have graced the walls as well as work by Banksy, Faile, Bortusk Leer, Four Five and The Krah.

Situated on Brick Lane, the gallery is also in close proximity to a number of trendy London bars and London markets.

Open daily from: 1pm-6pm. Tel: 020 7729 9721.

The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London completely dedicated to photography.

Showcasing the best in emerging talent alongside historical archives and established snappers, this is the place to visit to appreciate the relatively modern art form.

The gallery, which was established in 1971, also boasts the title of being the UK's first independent photographic gallery.

The gallery is located a short walk from Oxford Circus tube station.

Open from: Tues, Wed, Sat 11am-6pm, Thurs,-Fri 11am-8pm, Sun noon-6pm. Tel: 084 5262 1618. Free entry.

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