The Saatchi Gallery is an art gallery with a difference – instead of featuring art by established and famous artists they specialise in featuring art by unknown, new and upcoming artists. The gallery provides the opportunity for new talent to be showcased and many art and designers start their careers after becoming known through the Saatchi Gallery.
The gallery is based in London at:
Duke of York’s HQ
It’s open seven days a week from 10am-6pm and admission is totally free.
Things to Do at the Saatchi Gallery
There are a variety of exhibitions on at the Saatchi Gallery. Current exhibitions include:
- The Thailand Eye, a display of Thai art featuring 23 known and emerging artists, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Thai Princess, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
- The Carmignac Photo Journalism Award that features 40 photographs from Iran, Chechnya, Zimbabwe, Pashtunistan, Gaza and French Guiana
- A display featuring competition entries from artists in the UK and the Ukraine. Art from aspiring Ukrainian and British young people from 18-35 years old is being showcased in the gallery over an entire floor from November-January
- The Jamie Hewlett exhibition is the first display of designer Jamie Hewlett’s work in which he is showcasing his line drawings and tarotica
- If you want to combine dining with your gallery experience, you can visit SixtyOne Restaurant and Bar, a top London eatery just 20 minutes away from the gallery that offers A la carte menus and a private dining room if you’re celebrating a birthday or other special occasion.
Other Attractions near the Saatchi Gallery
If you want to combine your trip to the Saatchi gallery, you could have a mini break in London to give you the time to see all of its many attractions. Look out for hotel deals in London so you can find somewhere to stay that is a convenient base from the sights you want to see and at a reasonable price.
Other things to do that are situated near the Saatchi Gallery include the Royal Court Theatre, Cadogan Hall – a first class venue for concerts, Lush spa for pampering and beauty treatments and a whole host of museums to catch your interest, like The Natural History Museum with its collection of dinosaur skeletons and fossils, The National Army Museum, The Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. If you prefer the outdoors, you could visit the Chelsea Physic Garden – the second oldest botanical garden in Britain. It’s packed with educational placards and ID signs for all the plants so you will know what species you are looking at. There’s also the Chelsea Embankment Gardens that are just a short walk from the gallery.
Shopping Near the Saatchi Gallery
If you want to shop till you drop, there are plenty of stores near the Saatchi Gallery to choose from. There is:
- The Duke of York Square – a retail outlet, boasts lots of designer shops such as Banana Republic, Cath Kidston, L.K. Bennett, Massimo Dutti and Triology. They also have a farmer’s market on a Saturday that sells healthy and luxury food.
- The gallery is a 15 minute walk from the famous Harrods Department Store, a must visit for any London sightseer.
- Taschen is a book store located just opposite to the gallery and it contains beautiful books on just about every subject you can think of.
- If you’re a book worm another book store you should visit is John Sandoe Books, an independent book shop that was established in 1957. The staff have a wealth of knowledge about authors and their works, with some of them being poets or writers themselves. As the shop is quite a contained space, there are books in every nook and cranny of the premises – a reader’s dream.
Parking near the Saatchi Gallery
The nearest parking facilities near the Saatchi gallery are at the Southbank Centre. There is also a car park at the Southbank Centre Hayward Gallery and at 2 Addington Street, five minutes away.
If you are disabled, have a disabled family member and you have a blue badge, then there are two disabled parking bays at the rear of the gallery that can be accessed via Turk’s Row off Lower Sloane Street. Due to the number of visitors and the limited spaces available, you must book your parking space in advance by calling 0207 3085.
Coming By Train?
If you’re coming by train you have the advantage of not having to worry about finding a parking space. The nearest underground station to the Saatchi Gallery is Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines). Other local stations are Victoria Station, South Kensington and Knightsbridge Stations.
Buses that go near the Saatchi Gallery are C1, 11, 19, 22, 137 and 219.