see + do
National Gallery, London
England WC2N 5DN
Tel: 44 207 747 2885
Tube: Charing Cross
Concierge.com's insider take:
Up there with your Louvres and Uffizis, this huge gallery takes you through the history of Western European painting from 1250 to 1900. Botticelli, Leonardo, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Ingres, Van Gogh…they're all here. An excellent computer system at the museum lets you research and locate points of interest, and even print out a personal tour before a visit. The museum is free, apart from special exhibitions in the Sainsbury Wing. Next door is the National Portrait Gallery, a rewarding, relatively intimate tour through portraiture (iconic, royal, obscure, even criminal) in all media featuring Brits of all ages (St. Martin's Place, 44-207-306-0055, www.npg.org.uk).
Thurs–Tues 10–6; Wed 10–9; free admission.
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To see so many Degas works up close and personal is an amazing experience. The fact that the Museums are free is truly the icing on a fabulous cake! more