Aujourd’hui has already covered some iconic cities in its gallery guides, but London was our most challenging gallery guide to date. The city’s appetite for quality art extends to its museums, colleges and art institutions, being capable of creating a contemporary art buzz like few others around the world. In a city where you can appreciate everything, from the most promising young artists to the top of the pops art stars, London is the definitive city for contemporary art in Europe. 


CARLOS/ISHIKAWA was founded by Vanessa Carlos in 2011, famously discovering and starting to represent Oscar Murillo, long before the Rubells and David Zwirner fame, when he was just another struggling young artist. This helped cement the gallery’s reputation, but Carlos knew what she was doing – having already worked at Gagosian, Modern Art, The Approach and a non-profit space she ran before setting up her own gallery. Carlos/Ishikawa current roster includes Murillo, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Pilvi Takala, Richard Sides, Marie Angeletti, and Ed Fornieles. Located in East London’s Whitechapel, the gallery also participates in art fairs like Basel, Frieze London, Frieze New York, MiArt in Milan, ARCO in Madrid and Paramount Ranch in Los Angeles.

Unit 4, 88 Mile End Road, London E1 4UN -


White Cube was set up by Jay Jopling in 1993 as a project room for contemporary art. A very small space, its influence was immense. The original location was situated on Duke Street, St James, one of London’s most traditional art dealing streets. The gallery was a perfect white cube, a room within a room, it also had a unique rule: showing an artist only once. This original space closed in 2002, but Mason’s Yard, in Central London, and Bermondsey, in South East London, are showing some of the biggest names in contemporary art. Some of the artists represented are Franz Ackermann, Georg Baselitz, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, and much more. After all, White Cube achieved its reputation by being the first gallery to give solo shows to many of Young British Artists (YBA’s), like Tracey Emin, showing a distinct taste and everlasting impact.

144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London , SE1 3TQ
25 – 26 Mason's Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU -


Sadie Coles HQ is a contemporary art gallery in London, owned and directed by Sadie Coles. The gallery focuses on presenting the work of established and emerging international artists, being at the forefront of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement. Opening in April 1997, the gallery has operated in a variety of distinctive spaces. Its inaugural exhibition at 35 Heddon Street presented American painter John Currin. In 2013, Sadie Coles HQ moved to its current location, a 6,000 square feet, first floor gallery on Kingly Street. Since her inaugural exhibition, Sadie Coles has been following a unique formula for each of her invitations, starting from the gallery’s identity and taking a graphic hint – a grey block that represents the gallery space and is found on all her branded material – and using the same block on every invitation, allowing each artist to choose their own colour. A piece of the artist’s work is then shown on the inside of the card. Sarah Lucas, Rudolf Stingel, Urs Fischer and Richard Prince, among others, are some of the artists Sadie Coles’ represents.

1 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DB
62 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QN -


Cell is a self-funding organisation based in East London, founded and directed by Milika Muritu and Richard Priestley. It was originally set up as an artist-run exhibition space and is now a registered charity, Cell Foundation. The organisation provides affordable workspace, which in turn supports an on-going program of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events. But it’s also a non-commercial gallery that has showed past exhibitions of artists such as Anne de Vries, Yuri Pattison, Eddie Peake and Peles Empire. Cell aims to offer a high level of curatorial, administrative and practical support, alongside it’s programme of exhibitions and events.

258 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA -


Simon Lee Gallery was founded in 2002 in Mayfair. It represents artists of diverse generations, whose practices range from sculpture and painting to video and photography and who share a broad interest into conceptual exploration. Simon Lee’s artists include Matias Faldbakken, Donald Judd, David Ostrowski and João Penalva. It also punctuates its programme with historical exhibitions and curated group shows, an opportunity to present shifts in contemporary art. In 2012, the gallery opened a permanent gallery space in Hong Kong, with a fully independent program. It also has an office and private viewing space across the first floor of East 64th Street in New York. Simon Lee also participates in art fairs like Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze.

12 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DT -


Stuart Shave/Modern Art is located in Shoreditch’s Old Street, with a gallery space comprised of a larger and smaller gallery. With its own exhibition program since 1998, the gallery represents artists such as Karla Black, Mark Flood, Lothar Hempel, Yngve Holen, Jose Kline, Katy Moran, Anna-Bella Papp, among others. It also presents its own artists publications, monographs and exhibition catalogs.

4-8 Helmet Row, London, EC1V 3QJ -


The Approach is located above a pub in Bethnal Green. Founded in 1997 by Jake Miller - alongside artists such as Damien Meade and Ana Genoves - with the purpose of offering solo exhibitions to London based artists at the start of their careers. The gallery was soon solely run by Miller, due to other founding members focus on their own careers. Since 1998, the gallery began representing artists and the programme expanded into an international one, working with established names as well as younger and emerging artists. The gallery has worked with artists like Peter Davis, Amanda Ross-Ho, Alisson Katz and Lisa Oppenheim and has participated in art fairs such as Frieze, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. In April 2006, The Approach is currently jointly run by Jake Miller and Emma Robertson.

1st Floor, 47 Approach Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9LY -


Laura Bartlett Gallery opened its doors in 2005. In 2013, the gallery moved into a former factory space on Harold Street, in Bethnal Green, London’s East End. It has a yearlong programme, including solo exhibitions of the established and emerging artists represented, as well as curated group exhibitions of invited artists. Laura Bartlett Gallery represents both British and international artists, such as Lydia Gilford, Cyprien Gaillard, Beatrice Gibson, Alex Olson and John Divola. It has participated in numerous international art fairs throughout the years and has been exhibiting at Art Basel and Frieze London since 2010.

4 Herald Street, London E2, 6JT  -


Hauser & Wirth shows an impressive roster of artists, including Jenny Holzer, Martin Creed and Lygia Pape, as well as the estates from artists like Eva Hesse and Arshile Gorky. Founded in Switzerland, by Iwan Wirth and Manuela Wirth (jointly ranked as the number 1 most powerful and influential figures in the art world by ArtReview’s Power 100), the gallery is now a global enterprise. With a central London location, the gallery’s first presence on Piccadilly closed in December 2013, but the first installation by Paul McCarthy is still remembered. The Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition in 2005, providing beds for visitors to catch a glimpse of heaven, is also iconic. The gallery also ran a temporary project space in London’s East End between 2005 and 2007, showing Martin Kippenberger, Christoph Büchel and Martin Creed. Hauser & Wirth is now located in Saville Row, but also keeps a presence on the outskirts of Bruton, at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Delivering an education programme with artists, curators and specialists. It is also present in art fairs such as Art Basel Hong Kong, ARCO Madrid, Art Cologne and many more.

23 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ET -


Lisson was founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail and famously represents minimal and conceptual artists like Richard Lond and Sol LeWitt, as well as an entire generation of British sculptors like Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor and Richard Deacon. But that’s not it, Lisson also exhibits many other international artists like Marina Abramovic, Santiago Sierra, Gerard Byrne and Ai Weiwei, and young artists like Ryan Gander, Haroon Mirza, Allora & Calzadilla, and others. With two gallery spaces in London (and also present in Milan and New York), Lisson is also present at art fairs such as Frieze London, Art Basel, Frieze New York, Art Basel Hong Kong and ARCO Madrid. 

27 Bell Street, London, NW1 5BY

67 Lisson Street , London , NW1 5DA -


Sprüth Magers emerged during an outburst in contemporary art that took place in Cologne in the early 80s. Starting as Monika Sprüth Gallery in 1983 and showing artists like George Condo, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman in the following years (and continuing to do so). Philomene Magers opens in Cologne in 1992 with exhibitions by Robert Morris and John Baldessari and both galleries unite in 1998. The brand-new Munich space opened with Ed Ruscha’s “Gunpowder and Stains.” Sprüth Magers has expanded from its roots in the Rhineland to become an international gallery dedicated to exhibiting the very best in groundbreaking modern and contemporary art. 2003 was the year Sprüth Magers Lee opened in London, celebrating the occasion with an exhibition by Donald Judd. The gallery relocated to Grafton Street, Mayfair, in 2007. The flagship location also changed in 2008, to a former dancehall in Berlin Mitte. The Los Angeles debut was in 2016. Nowadays, Sprüth Magers works with more than 60 artists, including Sterling Ruby, David Ostrowski, Analia Saban, Frank Stella and Richard Prince.

7 Grafton St, Mayfair, London W1S 4EJ -


Seventeen first opened in Shoreditch in 2005, and moved to a bigger space in Dalston in 2014. David Hoyland, founder and director of Seventeen, has built a reputation for showing artists before they blow up, a very sought after skill in today’s art market. Among the notable artists it has showed, Seventeen also works with artists like Jon Rafman, Oliver Laric and Hannah Perry. The gallery participates to art fairs like Frieze (London and New York), and Condo.

70-276 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG -


Chewday’s was started by the London-based curator Tobias Czudej (a.k.a. Chewday’s), after working for world-famous galleries, such as Gagosian and Pace. Starting as an itinerant curatorial project in 2013 and becoming a permanently located gallery on South London’s Lambeth Walk in 2015. He has presented both group and solo exhibitions with artists such as Bryan Dooley, Ed Fornieles and Gabriele Beveridge. Even tough Chewday’s is a very young gallery, it has already participated in Frieze London and CONDO.

139 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6EE  -


It was 2011 when Farkas, recently graduated from art school, found a suitable location for a gallery under the arches of a railway. He wanted to set up a place that could function as a place of assembly, and where he could show artists that he followed, who were exhibiting their work online, but weren’t getting shown in galleries around London. Last year, the project became a full-fledged commercial gallery, representing the work of Amalia Ullman, Harry Sanderson, Maja Cule, Jesse Darling and Anna Hirsch. Highlighting work made in the media of moving image, animation, and web-based technologies in its rosters, as well as text-based works, Arcadia Missa also runs a printing program to complement its exhibitions. The gallery has participated in List, Frieze London and Artissima.

Unit 6, Bellenden Road Business Centre, SE15 4RF -


Founded in 1987 in Milan, Massimo de Carlo’s program included exhibitions by artists such as Rudolf Stingel and Maurizio Cattelan. The gallery opened in London in 2009 with a brand new name: Carson Gallery. But given the importance of London in the art marketplace, the gallery moved to a second major venue in London’s South Audley Street and renamed Massimo De Carlo, London. The gallery is located in an old-style British three-floor townhouse in the central area of Mayfair. Together with the artists traditionally represented by Massimo De Carlo, the London space has also based its program on the work of young American artists. Some of the artists shown are Dan Colen, George Condo, Urs Fischer, Tony Lewis, Josh Smith, among others. After opening in Hong Kong in 2016, you can still find Massimo De Carlo in art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel, Frieze New York and MIART.

5 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QH -


Marian Goodman came to art dealing almost by accident. In 1962, she organized a book of prints of New York paintings to raise funds for the Walden School, where her children studied. Goodman and partners opened Multiples, dealing in artist’ editions, in 1965, presenting books and prints by John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Roy Lichtenstein, among others. Marian also started working with European artists while at Multiples. Marian Goodman Gallery opened its first space in Paris in 1995. In 2014, the gallery debuted in London, located in a 11,000 square feet space over two floors inside a former factory warehouse at Golden Square – architect David Adjaye renovated the space. Marian Goodman is also present at art fairs like Frieze New York, Art Basel and much more.

5 – 8 Lower John Street, Soho, London W1F 9DY -


Pace is one of the leading contemporary art galleries, representing many important international artists, as well as the estates of many others. Founded by Arne Glimcher in Boston in 1960 and led by Marc Glimcher, Pace has been a powerhouse in the art-world, introducing many renowned artists’ work to the public. With more than 800 exhibitions (including shows that have traveled to museums) and over 400 exhibitions catalogues, the numbers speak for themselves. Pace has several locations worldwide, including the London location in Mayfair. Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Julian Schnabel, James Turrel and Brian Clarket are some of the artists that Pace represents. The gallery is also present in art fairs like Art Basel, The Armory Show and Frieze New York.

6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET -


David Zwirner Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in New York City and London owned by David Zwirner. October 2012 marked the opening in London, in the Mayfair area, after announcing its expansion to Europe for the first time since its New York debut in 1993. Its exclusive representation of the Judd Foundation strengthens the gallery’s specialty in minimalist work, an area on which it has been focusing. Nevertheless, David Zwirner’s roster features artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Jordan Wolfson, Oscar Murillo, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Stan Douglas and much more. The gallery is also present in wide variety of art fairs, like Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, SP Arte, Independent Brussels and Frieze New York.

24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ -


Gagosian is one of the world’s leading galleries, owned and directed by Larry Gagosian. With sixteen spaces worldwide, it opened in London in 2000, in a space designed by Caruso St. John on Heddon Street, becoming the largest commercial art gallery in the city. It was inaugurated with a performance by Vanessa Beercroft. A second gallery opened in 2004 on Brittania Street, showing works by Cy Twombly. 2005 brought the closing of the first location and the inauguration of a new place on Davis Street and in October 2015, a new space was inaugurated in Grosvenor Hill. Gagosian showcases an ever-changing programme of contemporary art and has exbhited artists as iconic as Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stinge, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst.

20 Grosvenor Hill, London, W1K 3QD
17–19 Davies Street, London, W1K 3DE
6-24 Britannia Street, London, WC1X 9JD -


Marlborough was founded in 1946 by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer. In 1951, the gallery initiated its programme of 19th and 20th century masters with an exhibition of the complete bronzes of Degas, followed by exhibitions of Monet, Renoir and crowned by an exhibition of Van Gogh self-portraits in 1960. It opened its second gallery in the same year, Marlborough New London, to exhibit mainly, but not exclusively, a post-war generation of international artists such as Alberto Burri, Mathieu and Richard Lin. More than 60 years on, the gallery continues to be associated with some of the greatest living artists of today, such as Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and Manolo Valdes. In 2012, Marlborough Fine Art opened a new gallery for contemporary art on the first floor of its Albemarle Street premises, appointing Andrew Renton, Professor of Curating at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, as its director. They represent artists like João Onofre, Lucian Freud, John Davies, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, among others.

6 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BY -


Timothy Taylor is a modern art and contemporary art gallery in Mayfair, London. Owned and founded by Timothy Taylor Bruton Place in, it had two locations in Dering Street, before moving to 15 Carlos Place. The gallery expanded recently to New York City, moving into in a Chelsea townhouse. Artists represented have included Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, Alex Katz, Diane Arbus and Serge Poliakoff. Producing over twenty publications and over seventy exhibitions since its opening, Timothy Taylor also takes part in art fairs, including Frieze Art Fair, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami.

15 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2EX -


Carl Kostyál is a Hungarian-born, London based art dealer, who made a name for himself by discovering British sculptor Helen Marten. Since then he has produced solo shows with international artists. An art collector too, he focuses on artists who work in different media and discovering new, exciting artists. With too different spaces, one in Stockholm and one in London (Saville Row), Carl Kostyál has shown artists like Petra Cortright, Tibor Gáyor, Peter Coffin and Helen Marten.

12a Savile Row, London W1S 3PQ -


Almine Rech is a French art dealer, who co-founded a Parisian Gallerian in 1989 with a single light installation by artist James Turrel. In 1997, she opened her own an art gallery in Paris, building a reputation by showing minimalist and conceptual artworks. A decade later (2007), she opens in Brussels and London, with her most recent gallery being New York (2016). The gallery’s artistic focus is defined by strong individualities who share a deep commitment to creativity and originality. Representing artists such as Aaron Curry, Alex Israel, Jeff Koons, James Turrel, Tom Wesselman, among others. Almine Rech also has a shop with books, editions and Almine Rech Gallery editions.

Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House, London,  W1K 3JH
11 Savile Row, 1st floor, Mayfair, London,  W1S 3PG -


Victoria Miro is one of the largest commercial art spaces in London, spreading across two different locations, in Mayfair and Wharf Road. The gallery first opened in 1985 in Mayfair, relocating to a former furniture factory in 2000. But the gallery ethos remains the same, showing the work of established and emerging artists from around the world. Victoria Miro represents established and emerging artists, such as Stan Douglas, Yayoi Kusama, Secundino Hernández, Idris Khan, among others. It has participated in a wide array of fairs, like Art Basel (Miami, Basel and Hong Kong), the Armory Show, FIAC, Frieze London, and much more. The gallery also dedicates a large part of its program with a Video Channel, as well as artists’ publications and exhibition catalogos.

16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW
14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE -


Peckham is the south London area that succeed Shoreditch and Bethnal Green – both drowned in gentrification and unrealistic price points for rents – as the area of choice for young artists and creative. It’s also the home for The Sunday Painter. Launched in 2009 as a project space by Harry Beer and Will Jarvis, it became a commercial gallery in 2013. Meanwhile, The Sunday Painter has participated in art fairs like NADA NY, MiArt and Frieze London, presenting its roster of artists such as Leo Fitzmaurice, Rob Chavasse, Piotr Lakomy and Samara Scott, among others.

12-16 Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL -


Campoli Presti was founded in 2003 in Sutton Lane, London and moved to Cambridge Heath Road in 2011. It also opened a space in Paris in 2007. The gallery’s specific programme is focused on artists who explore the historical and material condition of their medium, such as Jutta Koether, Olivier Mosset, Charles Mayton and Pavel Pepperstein. After all, Campoli Presti’s focus has been, from the start, to introduce and establish a generation of artists previously unknown in Europe, but also to periodically organize exhibitions of historical figures and contemporary practitioners who share their mutual concerns. Campoli Presti participates regularly in numerous international art fairs such as Art Basel and Frize, since 2010, and FIAC, since 2011.

223 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL -


Bosse & Baum is a contemporary art platform founded in 2013 by Alexandra Warder and Lana Bountakidou. The gallery space is a former African church in Peckham, with a distinct vault-ceiling. Focusing predominantly on sculpture, painting, installation and performance, Bosse & Baum specializes in showcasing emerging international artists, based in London, offering their first solo exhibitions, as well as studio space for the duration of the show. The gallery is dedicated to nurture and developing emerging artists’ work, but does not with exclusivity. Featured artists include Caterina Silva, Candida Powell-Williams and Robin von Eisiedel. Bosse & Baum also promotes new developments in arts and culture, curating site-specific exhibitions, intentionally embracing what’s new.

131 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN  -


Almanac Projects was founded in London in 2013 by Astrid Korporaal, Francesca von Zedtwitz-Arnim and Guido Santandrea, and is run by Guido Santandrea and Jeremy Waterfield. It operates as a non-profit space in London and Turin and is dedicated to show art in various forms and engaging with the ways art can become a part of the daily rhythms of life. Interested in exploring the borders of curatorial agency and the potential to create cultural change, Almanac also favours creative collaborations. It has exhibited artists such as Maria Gorodeckaya, Gina Folly and Patrick Goddard. Alongside its exhibitions, the gallery also runs a complementary program of talks, screenings and publication launches.

191 Southwark Park Road, London SE136 3TX -


Evelyn Yard opened with its first exhibition in June 2014 and has since programmed a series of exhibitions by artists, writers and performers. The gallery works with an international group of artists who are at the start of their careers or have not been exhibited in London before, representing artists like Foster & Berean, Jamie Jenkinson, Michael Pybus and Ry David Bradley. There is a distinct feel of image in the digital age, but the gallery also has a focus on language and ideas of production. Evelyn Yard actively promotes its artists and has gained notoriety by placing works within established institutional collections, as well as introducing a younger set of collectors to artists from their own generation. Since 2015, the gallery has participated in art fairs such as Sunday Art Fair, Art Cologne and Art Berlin Contemporary.

Evelyn Yard, London, W1T 1HN -


FOLD has been operating commercially since 2012, after first opening in 2008 in Hackney. It has built a reputation for presenting accessible shows that support and promote new art, but also for challenging established conventions. The gallery specializes in producing curated exhibitions that bring UK-based and international artists together. This practice is consolidated by in-depth solo exhibitions from emerging to mid-career artists, with an exhibition programme that identifies an emerging focus on materiality within European painting and sculpture. FOLD currently represents artists such as Dominic Beattie, Simon Callery, Dan Davis, Tim Ellis, Valerie Kolakis, and more. It has participated in art fairs like Vienna Contemoprary, Artissima, Art Rotterdam and Art Brussels.

158 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6YW -


Alison Jacques Gallery was established in 2004 by Alison Jacques in a small townhouse off Bond Street, but relocated in 2007 to a more ambitious space near Fitzrovia. Alison Jacques, formerly News Editor of Flash Art Magazine in Milan and curator of the British School in Rome, trained as an art dealer with Leslie Waddington in Cork Street. Since opening her own gallery 2004, she has been developing a unique exhibition program of both young and established artists, championing the estates of artists such as Lygia Clark, Hannah Wilke and Ana Mendieta, who had not been shown in the UK previously. After all, the gallery works many artists who have achieved critical and curatorial acclaim through museum exhibitions and biennales. These artists include Sheila Hicks, Robbert Mapplethorpe. Saul Fletcher, Irma Bank, and much more. The gallery participates in the leading international art fair’s circuit, including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze London.

16 – 18 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LN -


Alan Cristea opened his gallery in 1995. Meanwhile, the gallery is the primary representative for a number of renowned contemporary artists, artists’ estates and emerging artists, while also publishing original contemporary prints and editions. Having expanded in the last 21 years, the gallery also moved to new, larger premises, better suited to the representation of celebrated artists like Antony Gormley, Richard Long and Richard Hamilton. After all, Alan Cristea Gallery continues to extend the legacy of some of art history’s most relevant figures, like Tom Wesselmann, Naum Gabo and Josef and Anni Albers. A member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association, Alan Cristea is also a treasurer of the Society of London Art Dealers. The gallery is also present in leading yearly art fairs, such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze Masters.

43 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JG -

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