From leading international artists, to emerging new talent, London’s dynamic creative scene cements its status as the leading city for art. If you’re looking to invest in a piece of contemporary art, navigate your way across the British capital’s galleries and art fairs with our unmissable guide on where to buy contemporary art in London.
London’s heritage auction houses are firmly in the 21st century and it’s just as easy to pick up a Banksy as a Botticelli these days. If your budget is seemingly limitless, make London’s auction houses your first port of call for contemporary art’s major players. Located on New Bond Street, Bonham’s holds contemporary and street art auctions where you can snap up statement works from the likes of Anish Kapoor and Urs Fischer. A couple of minutes’ walk down the road, Sotheby’s hold seasonal Contemporary Art Days and Evenings too. Sale highlights regularly feature quirky Keith Haring illustrations and Andreas Gursksy’s large-scale photography. Over on Berkley Square, Phillips auction house, you can bid on kitsch sculptures from KAWS and Damien Hirst’s colourful spin paintings.
In central London, Mayfair is the beating heart of London’s contemporary scene, with a vast community of galleries radiating from New Bond Street and its neighbouring. Representing everyone from digital pioneers teamLab to David Hockney, the influential Pace Gallery showcases leading international contemporary artists. Visit to peruse and purchase prominent pieces. Equally trailblazing is Hauser & Wirth over on Savile Row. With a roster of homegrown heavyweights like Martin Creed, the prestigious gallery has a revolving door of great exhibitions from the likes of Matthew Day and Anj Smith.
To seek out up-and-coming contemporary talent, venture east to trendy Shoreditch. The neighbourhood that birthed Young British Artists like Tracy Emin and the Chapman brothers, Shoreditch is a hotbed of creative cool. A pioneer of the an east London art scene, Maureen Paley was one the first gallerists to showcase emerging artists and her eponymous gallery is where you’ll find the finest names from Wolfgang Tillmans to Gillian Wearing. Housed in a former Hoxton furniture factory, Victoria Miro Gallery is the best place to visit for Turner Prize-winning artists like Grayson Perry and Chris Ofili. Expect unique installations and captivating paintings.
With a glittering arts calendar, London is never short of art fairs, perfect for buying that showstopper contemporary piece you’ve always dreamed of. At Masterpiece London, contemporary works sits alongside fine antiquities, exquisite jewellery and Old Masters. Held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea each summer, this incredible showcase lets you browse and buy pieces from leading international galleries. Discover the next Damien Hirst at START. London’s launchpad for emerging artists takes place at the Saatchi Gallery and it’s here rising talent meets an art-loving audience. You’ll find progressive painting, sculpture and many other mediums. The highlight on every art aficionado’s agenda, the world-renowned Frieze London is an unmissable carnival of significant works from over 160 top galleries from across the globe. All squeezed into Regent’s Park. Seek out big names and discover emerging ones alike.
On the edge of London’s stylish Mayfair, Grosvenor House Suites are the perfect location from which to explore the Capital’s auction houses, art fairs and galleries.