East London – Art & Culture

They might be temporarily closed, but East London has a fantastic array of art galleries, theatres and museums to add to your bucket list. Here’s our round up of the best in the area. 


Barbican Centre

The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts centre and offers a diverse programme of world-class arts, theatre, dance and film. From an afternoon in the Conservatory, a tropical oasis, to Squish Space, a multi-sensory play area, the Barbican is also the ideal weekend spot for all the family.

Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Cost: Free Entry


Whitechapel Gallery

Dubbed as the ‘artists gallery for everyone’, Whitechapel Gallery features art from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The gallery is open all year-round, Tuesday to Sunday, and there’s always something to see. 

Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX
Cost: Free Entry


Guildhall Art Gallery

Set within iconic 17th Century architecture, the Guildhall Art Gallery has a changing display of over 250 masterpieces and temporary exhibitions. While at the Guildhall, you can also visit the Roman Amphitheatre, heritage gallery and the Great Hall, the latter of which dates back to 1411. 

Address: Basinghall St, London, EC2V 7HH
Cost: Free Entry


Chisenhale Gallery

Showcasing an array of contemporary art, Chisenhale Gallery is an artist funded enterprise that aims to help support international and UK-based artists. Providing exhibition space, a research centre and a community resource field, the Chisenhale Gallery is a great place to uncover emerging artists. 

Address: 64 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ
Cost: Free Entry

Although its name suggests otherwise, Beers London is a forward-thinking gallery space. Focusing on thematic concepts such as politics and aesthetics, Beers London presents artists from all over the world. It also offers an array of limited-edition prints for visitors to purchase. 


Address: 1 Baldwin Street, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 9NU
Cost: Free Entry


Street Art Tours 
For those who want to look beyond galleries and cultural centres, East London is home to an incredible amount of street art. Learn about local and international artists and the stories behind their work with a guided tour around some of the most famous spots. 

Address: Meet at Old Street Underground Station
Cost: £15


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