London’s famous West End is the heart of the city and a hive of culture and creativity. Its four main squares – Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Somerset House courtyard – contain some of the UK’s finest cultural institutions within walking distance of each other. It’s all here if you want to see a great exhibition, visit a permanent art collection, watch award-winning cinema, or enjoy world-class opera, ballet, classical and contemporary music.
Visiting the West End Culture Quarter is very easy. Once you’re in the area, all the cultural institutions are within a short walk. Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Temple tube stations are all nearby. The area is served by a host of local bus services.
The Courtauld Gallery
One of the finest small art museums in the world, best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including celebrated masterpieces by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne and Gauguin.
Champions new contemporary figurative art by living artists.
Houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
National Portrait Gallery
Features portraits of the most famous people in British history.
Royal Opera House
Home of the The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and contemporary music and dance programme ROH2.
A major arts and cultural centre with a year-round programme of large-scale contemporary exhibitions and events including London’s favourite ice rink in winter and open air gigs and films in summer.
This iconic church in Trafalgar Square is one of London’s busiest venues. Its musical roots date back to performances by Handel and Mozart, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded here in 1959. In addition to classical music concerts and jazz nights, visitors are welcome to see the church, attend a service, explore one of the regular art exhibitions, partake in traditional brass rubbing and enjoy a meal in the Cafe in the Crypt.