Fed up of going to the same old London art galleries? Well fear not because London has plenty of hidden galleries that you wouldn’t know existed unless, well, you knew they existed. Here’s our list of the best ones…
The Old Police Station
What is it?: It may be no surprise to learn that this building is in fact an unused police station which now provides a space for up and coming artists to display their work. There’s lots going on here from studios based inside shipping containers to the old mess hall which is now used as a bar.
Where?: 114 Amersham Vale, Deptford, SE14 6LG
Auto Italia South East
What is it?: An artist run organisation which used to be based just off Old Kent Road in an old VW garage. Now they move around various secret London venues putting on exhibitions, talks, debates, screenings, lectures and music nights so there’s always plenty going on. Keep an eye on their website for their next location.
What is it?: Cabinet Gallery moved to its rather secret Old Street location a few years ago and since then has been hosting some of the most exciting, and under wraps, exhibitions around. The only way to find out about what they have coming up is to sign yourself up to their mailing list. If you’re an art lover you wont regret it.
Where?: 49-59 Old Street, EC1 9HX
The Horniman Museum
What is it?: Ok so it’s not technically an art gallery but it does house a lot of art along with lots of other bits and pieces from various world cultures. Despite it’s snigger worthy name this museum is still one of London’s best kept secrets, but it shouldn’t be. It’s full to the rafters with amazing bits and pieces you wont find anywhere else in the capital and it has some wonderful gardens to while away a sunny day.
Where?: 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ
What is it?: Living in the shadow of its neighbour the White Cube 2 gallery this unfinished space has the kind of rustic feel that goes down so well in this part of East London. Described as being more like a bunker than a gallery the space offers an intriguing, if slightly dark, place to check out new and very established artists.
Where?: 35 Hoxton Square, N1