Whitechapel Art Gallery is one of the finest art galleries in the East End of London, both inside and out. Being a must-go place in an area known now for its artistic and fashionable ideals - the gallery stands out as a beacon for all that is creative in London. And what's more, it's free.
It is one of the first galleries to bring the work of such artists as Pollock and Picasso to East London, and has been doing so for over a hundred years now (the gallery started off in 1901).
Fast forward to now, and you can still see a vibrancy and pro-active attitude which inspires the creatives around the area. Most areas of art are dealt with here - including music, performance and talks - and there are also such innovative ideas as their program of 'First Thursday' events, where different activities take place in and around the gallery, also linking together other galleries involved in the scheme, organised by Time Out, through such things as bus tours.
Apart from the gallery itself, there is a comprehensive shop , which sells lots of stationery and quirky gifts alongside the books on offer.
Finally, don't leave feeling hungry - if you are the type of person who gets hungry looking at art (I am), then a pop into the dining room is a must. See you down there...