Research carried out by London & Partners also found that London theatres are searched for more often than those in any other city in the world and London itself is the most searched for city in the world.
"London is without a doubt the cultural capital of the world. Tourists are flocking to our great city in ever-increasing numbers, drawn by our exceptional cultural attractions and landmarks," said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
The Science Museum, National History Museum and British Museum are all well worth a visit if you're going to be in London. But the city has so much more to offer when it comes to art and culture. Here are 10 more London galleries and museums to put on your checklist.
The National Gallery was founded in 1824 and houses an impressive collection of paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.
Trafalgar Square. WC2N 5DN; national gallery.org.uk
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Tate Modern has a superb permanent collection of international modern art and innovative temporary collections throughout the year. It also has a cracking view of the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral.
Bankside, SE1 9TG; tate.org.uk
#Tate2016 Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern 30 November 2016 – 9 April 2017 The first US artist to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1963, Robert #Rauschenberg blazed a new trail for art in the second half of the 20th century. Moving between #painting, #sculpture, #photography, #printmaking, #installation and #performance, he refused to accept conventional boundaries in art and in life, his quest for innovation fired by his boundless curiosity, enthusiasm for collaboration and passion for travel. See #linkinbio for more information.
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The Saatchi Gallery was opened in 1985 by Charles Saatchi to exhibit his collection to the public and features contemporary works of art in 12 expansive spaces.
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 4RY; saatchi-gallery.co.uk
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The National Portrait Gallery features the portraits of the most famous people in British history and was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1896.
St. Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk
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The Hayward Gallery is an art gallery within the Southbank Centre, named after the late Sir Isaac Hayward, former leader of London County Council. It always has an impressive collection of contemporary exhibitions.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/haywardgallery
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Founded in 1852 the Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
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The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries, linked by the bridge over the Serpentine Lake. Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons are among the notable artists who have been exhibited there.
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA; Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR; serpentinegalleries.org
"In art history, the gaze has long been a subject of concern and analysis and a number of the figures in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings directly engage the viewer with their gaze. This is evident in paintings such as A Passion Like No Other (2012) and Bluebird (2014), in which the white teeth and eyes boldly stand out against the brown skin tones and subdued backgrounds." From 'Reading Paintings: The Work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye' by Amira Gad Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Passion Like No Other, 2012 Oil on canvas 84 x 80 cm Collection of Lonti Ebers Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk Installation view, Serpentine Gallery (2 June – 13 September 2015) Image © readsreads.info #LynetteYiadomBoakye #VersesAfterDusk
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The Brick Lane Gallery houses eclectic displays of contemporary art by both emerging and established British and international artists.
196 Brick Lane, E1 6SA; thebricklanegallery.com
Not sure what to do this Sunday? Come and see ART IN MIND: REBIRTH and PORTRAITS at The Brick Lane Gallery pic.twitter.com/rdtSZFjtUH— Brick Lane Gallery (@Brick_Lane_Art) June 28, 2015
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Leighton House Museum, the former home of the painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, has been open to the public since 1929. The permanent display includes works of art by various members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood including John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederick Watts, as well as 81 oil paintings by Leighton himself.
12 Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ; rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum
Whitechapel Gallery is renowned for showcasing mould-breaking contemporary art collections. Set within a beautiful arts and crafts building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, the gallery was founded in 1901 to "bring great art to the people of the East End of London."
77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX; whitechapelgallery.org
Next up in our showcase is Salvatore Arancio, who has created a hypnotic video for this evenings series of events. His work delves "into desires to explore, conquer and make sense of unfamiliar lands" His piece evoking "botanical and marine worlds" 'Fashioned to a Device behind a Tree', (2015) can be seen until the 6th of September at the Gallery as part of #londonopen2015
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