London’s Best Photography Galleries: The Foto Ruta Guide

London isn’t short of photography galleries and exhibitions, but like everything in London the choice can be overwhelming, and sifting through the latest edition of Time Out London’s gallery listings to work out which ones are worth a visit can feel about as inspiring as reading the yellow pages.

So, as lovers of all things photography and all things London we thought we’d step in and enlighten you on our favourite London photography galleries, all of which have at some point or another have fed our hunger for creative inspiration. 

Flowers Gallery

A fantastic gallery in Shoreditch (also in NYC). Although not dedicated to photography, the quality and diversity of the contemporary photography work shown here is well worth a look. You’ll find well known contemporary photographers showing work here alongside more up and coming names. A recent / current exhibition (and you’ll catch it if you read this blog post in time) , Reflections of War looking at the human cost of war should be on every photographer's visit list. 

Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DP, United Kingdom, +44 20 7920 7777

Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington

The National Portrait Gallery

An oldie but a goodie; Although The National Portrait gallery  isn’t dedicated to photography. Photography exhibitions is definitely its strong point, having since its refurbishment, exhibited some of the world’s most high profile photographers. You name it they’ve exhibited it. From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Annie Leibovitz. Go here if: You want to view work from photography legends (and you’re interested in portraiture)

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom, +44 20 7306 0055

David Franchi

David Franchi

The Photographer’s Gallery

It does what it says on the tin. London’s best known, dedicated photography gallery is home to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and consistently hosts some of the photography industry’s top names and cutting edge exhibitions. Go here if: you want to view cutting edge work from current photographers making it big in the industry.

 The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7087 9300

Susan Bright, Home Truths

Susan Bright, Home Truths

The Getty Images Gallery

Getty is a name that needs no introduction. The Getty archive dates back to the 1850s, with primarily photojournalism approach, their exhibitions tend to focus on themes and offer a view on historical or more recent events from the lens of a multitude of photographers. Go here if: You’re interested in Photojournalism   

The Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Gert Hardy - Getty Images

Gert Hardy - Getty Images

 The Michael Hoppen Gallery

Dedicated to hosting fine art Photography exhibitions, this Chelsea gallery curated by photographer Michael Hoppen is dedicated to showing innovative photography, with an equal emphasis on up and coming photographers as well established names.

The Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London SW3 3TD, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7352 3649

Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin

The Little Black Gallery 

A ‘boutique’ photography gallery set in the heart of Chelsea this cute space was set up in memory of photographer Bob Carlos Clarke and exhibits some great photography work from Nadav Kandar through to pop culture black and whites by Bob Carlos.

The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7349 9332

Mike Figgis

Mike Figgis

Atlas Gallery

Tucked away in the heart of Marleybone, Atlas gallery shows archive pieces mainly focused on fine art. Atlas has feartured some stunning exhibitions in the past and although their closed through Summer 2014, their next tribal exhibition

Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NF, 020 7224 4192