Loan Exhibition: 25 May–5 July 2024 • London

F or centuries, the UK’s creative energy, cultural diversity, rich heritage and culture of patronage have acted as compelling magnets for visitors and creatives alike. The nation has long been a cultural melting-pot for artists from around the world who, in their own unique ways, have revealed with each touch of brush, the impact of the dynamic environment in which they found themselves.

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."
Samuel Johnson

In celebration of London’s role in the artistic journeys of so many, London: An Artistic Crossroads, Sotheby’s and Art UK brings together a dozen masterpieces from regional museums by international artists connected to and influenced by the city, highlighting the treasures held across the country while unveiling new narratives. Inspired by the National Gallery’s Bicentenary celebrations in which they have loaned 12 works to remarkable masterpieces from its own collection to institutions throughout the country, this exhibition does the reverse: collecting 12 extraordinary works of art from major regional collections, bringing them together, in one room, in the capital city, as an homage to London and to all those who have come from elsewhere to be inspired, create and flourish.

34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA

Opening Hours:
Monday–Friday | 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday | 12:00 PM–5:00 PM
Closed Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June

Event Programme

Plan your visit to Sotheby’s to engage in an exciting programme of events. From a Friday Late with live performances by Braimah Kanneh Mason and Plinio Fernandes, to a series of Sotheby’s Talks that celebrate London’s role in shaping art and culture.

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Listen to Talk Art’s Latest Episode on London: An Artistic Crossroads

In the newest episode of Talk Art, Russell Tovey and Robert Diament meet with author/art critic Jennifer Higgie and Sotheby’s Chloe Stead to discuss the inspiring new exhibition London: An Artistic Crossroads


Art UK is an art education charity and the online home for every public collection of art in the United Kingdom. It is making the UK’s national collection of art accessible to everyone online – for enjoyment, learning and research. Showcasing over 300,000 artworks from almost 3,500 British institutions, no other country has such a resource. Discover more at




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