Steeped in tradition, Guildhall invites guests on a journey spanning more than 800 years – from the Gothic grandeur of the Great Hall to the largest surviving medieval crypts in London.
The Guildhall Library offers evening events to encourage visitors to learn something new about London’s history and literature (and includes a complimentary glass of wine). Past events have included ‘From Genesis to Google’, ‘Later Roman London and the End of Roman Britain’.
Guildhall Talks, ongoing.
The Guildhall Gallery is home to the City of London Corporation’s magnificent art collection. The original Gallery opened in 1886, though after the Blitz of 1941, much was destroyed. The present Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1999. It houses a number of Pre-Raphaelites and Victorian artworks, with one of the largest oil paintings in Britain on display; John Singleton Copley’s Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar (1783-1791).
The Guildhall, ongoing
A rich variety of Victorian paintings can be seen as you enter the Gallery, displayed in original 19th century style. The collections illustrate the key artistic movements and influences of the Victorian period, from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, to Orientalism, Classicism and narrative painting.
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