National Gallery © Rudolf Schuba
The National Gallery has an imposing and regal façade stretching across the northern side of Trafalgar Square, and houses over 2,300 paintings from every major European school of painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It was opened in 1938 at its present location, which was chosen for its situation between London's wealthier West End and poorer East End, as a 'gallery for all'. These days, admission to the National Gallery is still free, and its cultural programme has swelled to include weekly classical music concerts, an on-site cinema, and a variety of excellent themed gallery tours. There are also restaurants and coffee bars to choose from in the National Gallery, in case you need to refuel while perusing the magnificent art on display.
Address: Trafalgar Square
Telephone: (0)20 7747 2885
Transport: Charing Cross rail station; or Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment underground stations. Numerous buses also service Trafalgar Square
Opening times: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm (until 9pm on Fridays)
Admission: Free admission to the permanent collection, but special temporary exhibitions may charge a fee