Either a first date or follow on date to an art gallery is a perfect way to get to know someone new in London.
Gallery or exhibition opening events and private showings are great opportunities to meet new people and chat away in a relaxed environment. And art galleries are equally good options when you’re trying to think of ideas for dates. A touch or culture, an almost limitless supply of artwork to spark conversation and the guarantee that you and your date will be able to hear what each other have to say – all great for dates.
It’s that notion of art galleries as date venues that we will explore in this article. Fortunately, we’re blessed with huge numbers of very good art galleries in London. Here are some of our favourites, which you might like to try for your next date.
Situated in Kensington Gardens and, as the name suggests, with Hyde Park adjacent, Serpentine Galleries comprises two galleries – one either side of the eponymous body of water.
The galleries have shown works by a number of well-known artists, including Man Ray, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Paula Rego, Anish Kapoor, Christian Boltanski, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.
Of course, there is also the option of a stroll around the park or to get a bite to eat at the galleries’ excellent restaurant.
Tate Britain was formerly known as the National Gallery of British Art and, despite the change of name, it continues to serve that purpose. It houses British art from 1500 to the present day.
William Blake, John Constable, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon are among the artists whose work is held within the gallery’s permanent collection.
The Hayward Gallery forms part of the Southbank Centre. It prides itself on showcasing the world’s most adventurous and innovative artists.
There is no permanent collection at the gallery, just a succession of temporary exhibitions, so you can see different contemporary art each time you return to the Hayward.
A stroll along the Southbank always makes for a pleasant date, so you can tag that to the end of your trip to the gallery.
The renowned but often controversial Saatchi Gallery displays the best in contemporary art that might not make it into London’s other big modern art museums. That means it often features work by up-and-coming or unknown artists and prefers to act as a springboard for the next generation of artists rather than herald those who are already receiving critical acclaim.
The gallery says it focuses on showcasing “the most interesting artists of today”.
Situated within Somerset House, the Courtauld Gallery houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, which is a self-governing college of the University of London. The collection is particularly renowned for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
Works by Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet and Anthony van Dyck can be found within the Courtauld Gallery. It brands itself “one of the finest small art museums in the world”, and it is difficult to dispute that claim.
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