Secret Art Galleries in London

London has no shortage of galleries to see amazing art and culture, from the Britain’s famous gallery Tate Modern to the well-known Somerset House. However, not all art galleries in the capital are globally renowned and located in central London. The city is also chock full of hidden gems or ‘secret’ art galleries that are mostly free to explore and too fascinating to be overlooked by the visitors. If you are looking for a dose of British culture and something unusual, you will undeniably fall in love with this list of London’s secret art galleries.

The Crypt at St Pancras
The Crypt Gallery is perhaps the most mysterious of the London art galleries. To prevent the overcrowding of the graveyards and to earn an income, this church was used to bury departed Londoners. But since 2002, it was determined to use the church as an art gallery. This gallery hosts year round contemporary art exhibitions and events; and is pleased to greet those collections that may be regarded as controversial, having the cut and thrust of discussion through art.


Banner Repeater
Founded by Ami Clarke in 2009, Banner Repeater is an artist reading room holding a collection of text-based works and printed materials. Sited on Hackney Downs railway station, this is London’s only art gallery that has a constant train service to the gallery door. Besides, it offers an essential bibliographic resource that all guests can browse. To add extra flair to your experience, this art gallery offers free Wi-Fi to students who are looking for a quiet space.


The Old Police Station
This secret police station in deepest Deptford is worth the visit for the architecture alone. Artists and other performers use the prison cells as studios, to show art. There are plenty of project areas, even band rehearsal rooms, and display spaces; making it a one-stop-shop for the potential artist today.

Large Glass
This hidden art gallery is a new hybrid space, something between an exhibition room and a shop that conducts wine and food tasting, book launches and discussions. Started in July 2011, Large Glass is home to selected exhibits of artworks and pieces by Richard Wentworth, Susan Collis, Franz West and others. Besides, this art gallery hosts a number of regular events, performances, and film sessions.

This is just a small selection of the many incredible art galleries that can be explored in London. If you have the spare time, don’t forget to visit Viktor Wynd Fine Art, Cabinet Gallery, Hello Cube, and Rook & Raven too.
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