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Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre

Discover the art collection of the City of London Corporation and visit Guildhall Yard, a tranquil and historic square in the middle of the City.

The Gallery was 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 fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.

The Gallery runs a regular programme of exhibitions and small displays throughout the year. Some exhibitions are ticketed, but are free to members of the Art Fund, Museums Association, Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery, under 16s and City residents (with proof of address).

Look out for various events, including Activities Days and Late Views.

London's Roman Amphitheatre

Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats.

Find out more about the amphitheatre.​​

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday, 10am-5pm

Sunday, 12 noon-4pm


Closures are sometimes required at short notice due to civic or state functions at the Guildhall. Please check our Plan Your Visit page for regular updates, or call 020 7332 3700 / textphone 020 7332 3803 for a daily recorded message giving further details.​

Wednesday 9 April - closed all day

Possible disruption to service January - May 2014

In the period January – May 2014 Guildhall Art Gallery will be undergoing exciting improvements to its building. During this time there may be minor disruptions to the service, with the possibility of a full closure of the service towards the end of this period.

For the majority of this period your visit should not be affected but please check our Plan Your Visit page, as we will be providing more detailed information as the works progress.

    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pleading, 1876, oil on canvas.

    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Pleading, 1876, oil on canvas.