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England SW3 4SQ
Tube: Sloane Square, Victoria
Concierge.com's insider take:
The collector who pretty much invented the concept of the YBA (Young British Artist) and launched the careers of so many big names—such as the infamous Damien Hirst—and then married England's domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson, has moved his gallery three times in the past 25 years. In 2008, Charles Saatchi's free gallery settled in the Duke of York's Headquarters on the King's Road in Chelsea; 70,000 square feet, over four floors, were expensively renovated for the occasion. The former barracks turned temple to art opened with a bang and an excellent exhibition dedicated to new Chinese art. Works in the permanent collection include pieces by Hirst, the Chapman brothers, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, and Chris Ofili. There's also a café/restaurant called Gallery Mess attached to the venue, which Mrs. Saatchi highly recommends (reservations, 44-20-7730-8135).—Updated by Giovanna Dunmall
Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.
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