The National Gallery is one of the English capital’s most impressive cultural attractions, with lovers of art being drawn from across the globe to attend the many outstanding and insightful exhibitions that are held at the venue every year.
One such attraction that will soon be taking place at the gallery is Beyond Caravaggio – an examination of the life and works of this influential and talented painter. The exhibition will showcase many of Caravaggio’s own masterpieces, as well as highlighting many of the key influences his work and teachings would have on those that followed in his footsteps.
Caravaggio died at the relatively young age of just 39, but his legacy as a painter and artist would last far longer than his few short years on Earth. Working at the start of the 16th century, by the middle of the 17th century, the Caravaggesque style of naturalism and the use of dramatic lighting effects was a popular technique among the best artists of the day.
Even now, the works of Caravaggio and those that would follow him captivate the attention and imagination of all those that view them – making Beyond Caravaggio a truly exciting prospect for all lovers of the classical style of naturalist painting.
Transport options for National Gallery guests
Reaching the National Gallery with the minimum of fuss and stress can sometimes be easier said than done given the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets, but one of the best ways for visitors to this exciting city to get around is via the London Underground.
Linking many areas of the city, the centre of London (in which the National Gallery can be found) is arguably one of the best-connected locations for travellers to explore. Indeed, a number of nearby Underground station can be found in the area, including:
- Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Visitors to the area can also make use of overground rail services from the nearby Charing Cross Station. There are also local bus services that operate around the clock and travellers can make use of nearby taxi ranks for a stress-free onward journey.
Full details of all public transport options for visitors to this popular destination can find more details by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
Where to park near the National Gallery
Anyone hoping to drive during their time in the English capital can be assured there is plenty of parking available in the vicinity of the National Gallery. Options for motorists hoping to drive to the area include:
- Leicester Square Car Park (less than 400 ft, one minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Brewer Street NCP (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
- Savoy Adelphi Car Park (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Brewer Street Car Park (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
- Q-Park Chinatown (0.3 miles, five minutes)
- Q-Park Burlington Street (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
- Arlington House Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- NCP Car Park London Covent Garden (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
However, travellers planning journeys by car should remember that traffic volumes can be dense in central London, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advisable for road users to avoid travelling at these times.
Beyond Caravaggio: Important information for visitors
All those with a taste for classical art will be in awe of the stunning pieces on show as part of Beyond Caravaggio, with the exhibition open for visitors in the coming months.
Tickets for entry can be purchased upon arrival. Alternatively, visitors can pre-book the admission in advance by contacting the National Gallery box office.
Opening times for the National Gallery are:
- Daily – 10 am to 6 pm
- Fridays – 10 am to 9 pm
Beyond Caravaggio will be running at the National Gallery from 12th October 2016 to 15th January 2017. It promises to be a real treat for all lovers of fine art.
Book a stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel
Anyone planning a trip to explore the many great attractions of the National Gallery might like to book their stay at the conveniently located and impressive Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel.
Situated in the happening and popular district of Bayswater, the establishment is is a first-class hospitality provider that prides itself on delivering all of the modern amenities and luxuries that the 21st century traveller has come to expect.
In addition, the hotel offers first-class dining facilities and luxurious bedrooms, all housed within a contemporary and stylish building that offers period features and a touch of class that travellers will simply adore. It also offers excellent connectivity to the rest of the English capital for those that are keen to explore.