The National Gallery, London

Even from across the other side of Trafalgar Square, beyond the ornate fountains and the hordes of tourists, the grand facade of the National Gallery draws the eye.

There are few more imposing reminders of how seriously London takes its status as one of the world’s cultural capitals.

In contrast to the Tate Modern on Southbank, with its hard lines and sleek, stark interior, the National Gallery has a more classical feel; with its cavernous, corniced ceilings, spiralling stairwells and echoing corridors, it’s everything a proper gallery should be.

The major exhibition at the moment showcases vistas of Venice by Italian master Canaletto. But even if you just want to stroll around the regular collection, it’s vast enough to keep you busy
for several hours.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Tube: Charing Cross