Not far from St. Paul’s Cathedral and Covent Garden lies a fairly unassuming little art school called the Courtauld Institute of Art with a wonderful collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. If you love the color and passion of Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh, you should visit the Institute’s Gallery.
The Courtauld Gallery is housed in Somerset House, a neoclassical palace residing along the River Thames. The courtyard typically features an art installation though in winter, it is flooded and becomes an ice rink.
Ticket prices vary throughout the year and based on exhibitions but are generally between £7 and £11. Tickets can be purchased online if you know when you’re going – this can help avoid lines, especially during busy summer months. The Gallery also has a cafe and does afternoon tea should you get peckish.
Additionally, they have a really solid little museum shop including quirky and cheery British ceramics and linens, replicas, and some beautiful repurposed-kimono pieces (think wallets, scarves, and slippers). There are also gallery lectures almost daily and if you happen to stop by on certain Sundays, you can expect music as well!