Alongside some of London’s most exclusive fashion boutiques, Mayfair is also home to many of the capital’s most eminent art galleries. Take a short walk from The Chesterfield Mayfair and you’ll soon discover London’s artistic enclave, where renowned international galleries neighbour long-established British art dealers. Here are some of our favourite Mayfair galleries to visit on your next trip.
The Bernard Jacobson Gallery began by selling prints in the 1960s for eminent British artists of the day such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Henry Moore. Today, it’s primarily known for its focus on American artists and the Duke street venue has previously exhibited works by Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler.
Royal Academy of Arts
Celebrating its 250th birthday in 2018, this illustrious venue in Burlington House has a mission to promote not only the appreciation of art but also its practice. Originally Britain’s first art school, the Royal Academy is led by artists, known as Royal Academicians, and is today responsible for thought provoking exhibitions, education and discussion.
Hauser & Wirth
Founded in Zurich, Hauser & Wirth now has galleries in London, Los Angeles and Somerset and New York. Its Mayfair outpost is an imposing space on the corner of Savile Row, and the artists on show inside are equally as impressive. Expect many renowned names such as Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy.
Gagosian opened its Grosvenor Hill space in late 2015. With galleries throughout the world, Gagosian is well respected and hosts plenty of high profile exhibitions by artists like Pablo Picasso and Carsten Holler.
Having started in Mayfair in 1985 and opened subsequent galleries in Hoxton and Islington, Victoria Miro returned to the West End in 2013. The gallery represents over 40 emerging and established artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Stan Douglas.
Located in elegant Carlos Place, art dealer Timothy Taylor’s eponymous art gallery is largely known as a specialist in post-war abstract work. Admire pieces by Diane Arbus and Alex Katz as you make your way around this 2,000-square metre space.
Part of Burlington Gardens, Pace Gallery, an American export, neighbours the Royal Academy of Arts and is one of London’s premier destinations for modern art. With a roster of artists that includes Richard Avedon, Willem de Kooning and Julian Schnabel, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Fine Art Society
Housed in a magnificent Grade II listed building and established over 140 years ago, The Fine Art Society has a long history of showcasing British art from 1700 to the present. It’s also closely associated with some of Britain’s foremost 19th century artists, such as Sir John Everett Millais, John Singer Sargent and Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Step inside to view the collection of 19th and 20th century oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, alongside contemporary pieces.
Stephen Friedman Gallery
A fixture on Old Burlington Street for over two decades, the Stephen Friedman Gallery provides a platform for artists making their debut in the UK and also has a close relationship with many British artists, including David Shrigley.
With its monochrome exterior and head-turning window displays, Blain|Southern is a chic and eye-catching gallery. An exhibitor of experimental work, the gallery is a popular space with British figures like the Chapman brothers and Mat Collishaw, in addition to its international artists
Follow an art-themed outing with a suitably creative Molecular Cocktail Experience in The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Terrace Bar.
Image Credits: Lead image © Pace London. Royal Academy of Arts lecture room © John Bodkin. Gagosian Gallery © Helene Binet. Timothy Taylor Gallery © Timothy Taylor. The Fine Art Society reception © The Fine Art Society.