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THE TEN BEST SMALLER MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Olivia Greenway

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It's very easy to be overwhelmed when you visit London – there is so much to see and do. One of the biggest mistakes visitors make is to try to cram too much in. Two main attractions a day should be plenty. Careful planning before your visit pays dividends later. Instead of having to eat in expensive tourist trap cafes, the museums themselves often have reasonably priced food; or do a bit of research and find something in the local area a bit off the tourist drag. Some of these museums are completely free and all of them hold a surprise or two.
Whitechapel Art Gallery

A few minutes' walk from Algate East tube station, the Whitechapel Art Gallery was established in 1901. A not-for-profit educational organization, it has pioneered cutting edge art since its inception. In 1939, Picasso's Guernica, now in the Sofia, Madrid was displayed here on its only visit to the UK; similarly, in 1982, an unknown Frida Kahlo exhibited here. 1971 saw David Hockney's first show. Again, in 1992, the nation was introduced to Lucien Freud. As well as a café, there is a well-regarded dining room run under the auspices of Angela Hartnett. Free admission and good disabled access. Closed Monday.

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