London’s art scene on the whole reflects its diverse DNA, from Mayfair’s glossy blue-chip galleries to artist co-operatives in on the city’s South side. As ever, October sees the city’s art scene kick into high gear as Frieze sets up shop in Regent’s Park. Gathering pace alongside it is the SUNDAY Art Fair, with its focus on emerging artists and younger galleries, and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, now in its third edition in London.
In fairs, as in all-else, London has something for everyone, and that means a dizzying array of choices. Here are some picks by Artsy insiders—owner of Carlos/Ishikawa, Vanessa Carlos; design dealer Brent Dzekciorius; and curator Fatos Ustek—arranged by neighborhood.
From left to right: Fatos Ustek, Brent Dzekciorius, and Vanessa Carlos.
Central London, Fitzrovia, and Soho
Regents Park, NW1 4NR
35 Marylebone Road, NW1
62 Kingly Street, W1B 5QN
E. Insider tip: Follow up a visit to her Soho gallery with a bite at Brent Dzekciorius’s favorite tapas restaurant, Barrafina (54 Frith St, W1D 4SL).
Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, “clouds + mountains + waterfalls,” Sadie Coles HQ, London, 11 September – 24 October 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
56-57 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8EQ
54 Eastcastle St, W1W 8EF
Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA
13 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Somerset House, South Wing, WC2R 1LA
The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
Mayfair and Further West
24 Grafton Street, W1S 4EZ
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
6 Heddon Street, W1B 4BT
4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP
45-47 Brook Street, W1K
29-31 Catherine Place, SW1E 6DY
Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Insider tip: Brent Dzekciorius selects “The Fabric of India,” the first comprehensive U.K. exhibition on Indian textiles, as one of his must-see shows for the coming year.
15 Carlos Pl, W1K 2EX
5-8 Lower John St, W1F 9DY
North East London
1-2 Warner Yard, EC1R 5EY
B. Victoria Miro
16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW
14 Wharf Road, N1 7RW
Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
The City and Whitechapel
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
56 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
27 Old Nichol Street, E2 7HR
F. Insider tip: Discount Suit Company (29A Wentworth Street, E1 7TB) serves well-priced, expertly made cocktails to Hackney’s arty crowd. Try to visit early evening, before it fills up with baying finance types.
Hackney and Bethnal Green
21 Herald Street, E2 6JT
42-44 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR
64 Chisenhale Road, E3
270-276 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG
G. Insider pick: Café Oto (18-22 Ashwin Street E8 3DL) offers something distinctive in the London music scene: eclectic programming, a great bar, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Bankside, SE1 9TG
Installation view, "Agnes Martin" at Tate Modern. Courtesy Tate Modern.
144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
155 Vauxhall Street, SE11 5RH
E. South London Gallery