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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House Strand | Somerset House, London WC2R 0RN, England
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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Lovely at Christmas time!

We enjoyed the atmosphere at night with the Fortnum and Mason Christmas market and the ice skating out the front. The gallery is small but impressive. A great little spot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 January 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2015

We enjoyed the atmosphere at night with the Fortnum and Mason Christmas market and the ice skating out the front. The gallery is small but impressive. A great little spot slightly off the beaten tourist track.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

I had a most delicious meringue with fruit and clotted cream. With a pot of tea, it was quite wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

Excellent gallery in a gorgeous house. Cheap tickets and usually amazing exhibitions. Brilliant place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

Love the courtauld gallery for the location and never get tired of the permanent collection. This time I came for the "radical nude - Egon Shiele" exhibition, not exactly my cup of tea, but still a must see for art lovers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

For art enthusiasts visiting London: if the National or the Tates are busy (which they often are), pop along to the Courtauld. It is, in my opinion, the perfect size for an art gallery, housing some very famous pieces (such as Manet's 'Bar at the Folies Bergere') of several different movements (predominantly impressionism) and putting on some very enjoyable exhibitions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

The Courtauld Gallery, steps from the West End on a continuation of the Strand is full of beautiful paintings in a beautiful setting. If they have a special show you're at all interested in, buy tickets and go, but do visit all the galleries.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

First visit today. Well worth the entrance fee. Some great art, Degas, Cezanne, Reubens, Monet etc etc. all displayed in elegant rooms over 3 floors. I felt the lighting in some rooms reflected from the paintings making them difficult to see, but there was a brilliant collection of very well known paintings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

Absolutely fabulous gallery! My favourite artists all in one place, such treasures as landscape by Renoir or Van Gogh's self-portrait. It is undoubtedly a must-see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

Included in the London Pass. We'll worth the visit for a smaller gallery. The gallery includes some of the big name artists.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015 via mobile

Not too big and overwhelming, this has an eclectic collection with some big name artists (Rubens, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Kandinsky ...) and some lesser known but equal in quality. The rooms themselves are pretty special. Highly recommended for someone who like accessible art and doesn't want to walk around seemingly endless rooms.

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