The Photographers Gallery is centrally located on Great Newport Street in the West End's colourful district of Soho and, as the country's leading centre for contemporary photography, it really is a place you shouldn't miss out on visiting.
Formed in 1971 it was the first independent establishment of its kind in London, opening first at No. 8 Great Newport Street (which now houses the gallery's main exhibition space and fantastic bookstore), later extending to No. 5 in 1980 (which houses exhibition galleries, a cafe, the print sales gallery and information centre).
The Photographers Gallery is renowned as being London's finest independent gallery whose ever-changing exhibitions are always excellent, intriguing, inspiring - focusing on the best of international contemporary photography.
Previous exhibitions have included work by famous Mexican crime-scene newspaper photographer Enrique Metinides and it was the first gallery in Britain to exhibit works by André Kertez, Jaques-Henri Lartigue and Irving Penn.
The Gallery also plays host every year to ´The Photography Prize´, which is equivalent to what the prestigious Turner Prize is to the art world. Previously known as the Citigroup Prize, the award has been sponsored since 2005 by the Deutsche Börse Group.
The Photographers´ Gallery can be found at nos. 5 & 8 Great Newport Street, Soho (right near Seven Dials and just off Charing Cross Road) and is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am and on Sundays from 12 noon - and like most of London's fantastic museums and galleries, entry is FREE.
The Gallery is a favourite lunch time retreat for local workers with the exhibition galleries offering a fascinating escape from the day to day grind - and the cafe serves great food too. Leicester Square underground station (Northern & Piccadilly lines) is one minute away from the Photographers´ Gallery, with other nearby stations including Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern and National Rail lines), Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly & Bakerloo lines), and Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern lines).
If you are travelling by car there are several NCP parking stations within the area on Upper St Martin's Lane and in the St Martin's Lane Hotel.
On street parking is very limited and expensive. With the heart of the West End at your fingertips, there is an abundance of things do before or after spending some time in the Photographers´ Gallery.
Leicester Square is 10 minutes away with its cinemas, theatres, caricature artists and buskers, Soho and all its fabulous bars, restaurants shops and Soho Square is around the corner, ´theatre-land's´ Shaftesbury Avenue is a couple of blocks to the north east, Covent Garden is around 3 minutes away where you can explore shopping and food havens such as Neal Street and Neal's Yard and Seven Dials with its cluster of funky stores is on the Gallery's doorstep.
The many other attractions and landmarks nearby include Trafalgar Square, the Theatre Museum, the Theatre Royal, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.
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