East London Gallery Guide

East London Gallery Guide

A closer look at the top 10 galleries in East London


For decades, East London has been the main artistic hub for some of the most exciting artists in London.  With over 150 in the area, these art galleries are a gateway to the area’s vibrant cultural scene. We look at a selection of the 10 most interesting galleries in East London.


Whitechapel Gallery 

Sat at the foot of Brick Lane, the Whitechapel Gallery has long been a revered amongst the art circles. Founded in 1901, it’s famous for showcasing bold and progressive contemporary art and often champions British talent.

Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Telephone: 020 7522 7888


Barbican Art Gallery 

Situated in the brutalist 1960s development, the Barbican Centre is renowned for being at the cutting edge of a variety of artistic disciplines. The Barbican Art Gallery mixes art with the best in international architecture, design and photography.
Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

Telephone: 020 7638 4141


Union Gallery 

If you’re looking for the best in young up-and-coming artists, then this is the gallery for you. Jari Lager founded Union Gallery in 2007. It not only showcases the works of emerging artists but it also represents a handful too. If you’re in the area, we’d also recommend heading down to Vyner Street, which has a variety of galleries on it.

Address: 94 Teesdale Street, London, E2 6PU

Telephone: 020 3176 7303


Stour Space 

You can guarantee that exhibitions at Stour Space will be both intelligent and well curated. These contemporary exhibitions and performances are situated in the galleries Hackney Wick home. Unbelievably, This neighbourhood boasts the highest concentration of art studios in the world. Over 600 venues sit within this hipster enclave.

Address: 7 Roach Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 2PA

Telephone: 020 8985 7827


Cell Project Space 

This Bethnal Green local celebrates a wide roster of international art. In order to see these magnificent masterpieces you need to find your way in. Head to the non-descript grey door and be transported to Narnia. This non-profit space also leases affordable studio space to 140 artists.

Address: 258 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA

Telephone: 020 7241 3600


Carl Freedman 

Founder and curator, Freedman, has certainly earned his artistic stripes having worked alongside Damien Hirst to launch the Brit Art phenomenon. Now his gallery, situated in a minimalist white box in Hoxton, represents a small number of must-see international artists.

Address: 29 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PB

Telephone: 020 7684 8890


Rivington Place 

This beautiful gallery in hip Rivington Place was founded by Iniva and Autograph ABP. It is committed to exhibiting works of diverse and engaging contemporary art and photography. Amazingly, this was the first new-build public space in London since the Hayward opened in 1968.

Address: Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

Telephone: 020 7749 1240



Housed in an awe-inspiring former factory, this East London gallery was the first to set up shop in the thriving E2 postcode. It’s beautiful wall space host the works of over 30 talented artists.

Address: 50-58 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DQ

Telephone: 020 8980 2662


Parasol Unit 

This avant-garde non-profit art institution can be found in Hoxton, close to the Islington/De Beauvoir Town border. Parasol Unit showcases the work of thought-provoking artists. It’s worth visiting for the space alone, which was renovated by the Italian architect, Claudio Silvestrin. The gallery often hosts educational programmes for children, young people and adults. Check out their website for details.

Address: 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW

Telephone: 020 7490 7373


Hundred Years Gallery 

Showcasing both international and home grown artists since 2011, Hundred Years Gallery is dedicated to nurturing innovative and boundary-pushing contemporary art. It provides a platform for multitude of disciplines from digital to performance art, installation to static compositions.

Address: 13 Pearson Street, London, E2 8JD

Telephone: 020 3602 7973


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