Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Brilliant museum. Some of the best paintings in the world across centuries of history. The audio guide is well worth having too. Highlighted paintings on the guide have information in many languages. However, other paintings have numbers beside them which have detailed comments but only in English. The food available is of very good quality and, as the gallery is free, you can treat yourself!
The National Gallery was not on my list of places to see when in London. I’m not a major art buff by any means. I’m glad I got the chance to visit the Gallery though as it was wonderful. It’s fun to see all of the art work throughout many generations! It’s also a good place to cool down if you need a break from the outdoors. I didn’t see the entire gallery as it’s far too big for the amount of time I had, but definitely worth the quick visit.
Update. The restaurant is in the midst of a big renovation and is currently closed. (Big shout out to Mr. D. responsible for making the restaurant one of London’s greatest destinations for tea. Ask for the Assam Tea in one of their special huge Asian teapots (heavy though) and sit back with your sweet and enjoy one of best teas in London. Bravo! No tea bags but a generous helping of fresh tea leaves. Beats any restaurant in the city at a remarkably reasonable price. A great oasis.) One of the world's four or five best art museums, amazingly free. Book at least three trips as there is way too much to take in in one go. Bookstore also has lots of choice. One of the world's top 20 destinations. Not to be missed.
Absolutely superb and varied Collection of art. The national gallery is also a wonderful building make sure to also look at the structure as you wander through. Free to enter which is amazing I've been so many times. Also had tea and cake in the cafe service was excellent and it was a very reasonable price.
The collection, it goes without saying, is world-class. It was extremely busy when I visited on a weekday, so I came back on Friday night at the suggestion of one of the staff members, and the galleries were much less crowded. If you're looking to sit and sketch, Friday nights are your best bet! I really loved the selection of impressionist works and the Rembrandt room. The Espresso Bar was a relaxing and clean, if not particularly ambient, spot to enjoy a tasty latte.
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