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Established in 1886 as 'a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city,' see works dating from 1670 to the present, including seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.

Temporary exhibitions

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12noon-4pm


Closures are required at short notice due to civic or state functions at Guildhall.

4 October - closed all day (power outage)
21 October - closed all day
22 October - closed 10am - 3.30pm
13 November - closed 1pm - 5pm
14 November - closed 10am - approx 12 noon
16 November - closed all day

Call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message or for more information.


General admission is free, however an entrance fee may be charged for some exhibitions, with concessionary rates for senior citizens, registered unemployed and registered disabled.

All exhibitions are free for for members of the Art Fund, Museums Association, Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery, under 16s and City residents (with proof of address).

Getting here

Find Guildhall Art Gallery, London EC2V 5AE on Google Maps or, for more information see our How to find us page.

Access and facilities


The Gallery is fully accessible. There is assisted access to the lower ground floor galleries which currently have no lift access. There are wheel chair accessible lavatories off the main Exhibition Gallery and within the cloakroom area.

Large print texts

Large print labels are available at the reception desk. Other large print texts are available on request. Call 020 7332 3700 or email


The COLLAGE image database is available on terminals in the Main Gallery and the Victorian Galleries. It contains over 6,000 images and records of Guildhall Art Gallery’s collection along with those of Guildhall Library Print Room’s collections.


The cloakroom is free of charge and attended at all times. Visitors are asked to leave large bags and rucksacks in the cloakroom.

Food and drink

Many cafés, pubs and supermarkets are within short walking distance, including the cafés and restaurants of the Museum of London and the Barbican Centre which are open every day. Picnic lunches can be eaten in Guildhall Yard or green spaces nearby, such as St Paul's Churchyard.


The Gallery has a small shop selling books, postcards, prints, exhibition related products, gifts and items for children.

Also within the Gallery...
  • No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990
    Walter Rodney poster

    Temporary exhibition​, No Colour Bar is an innovative illustration of the Black British cultural identities, heritage and creative voices of the 1960s – 1990s.