Top alternative institutions for art lovers staying at the M by Montcalm

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London’s art scene is famous around the world for showcasing work from some of the best upcoming artists and talented veterans. From classical paintings to modern installations, the city is bursting at the seams with artistic treasures.

Art lovers will be happy to know that our hotels near Shoreditch are close to a number of hidden gems showcasing art from the best undiscovered and underrated artists in London. Book one of our M by Montcalm Shoreditch rooms and check out these alternative galleries.

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Riflemaker

Baker Street, London

This former gunsmith on Baker Street now serves as one of the most popular underground art galleries in London. Known for supporting emerging artists and helping them to establish themselves, Riflemaker has provided a platform for numerous young creatives. The Baker Street house gained recognition recently after the organisers created the very first human gallery to showcase tattoo artwork. Be sure to head over from our hotels near Shoreditch and check out Rifleman.

The Old Police Station

Amersham Vale, London

The name doesn’t lie here. This quirky gallery offers another great example of how old buildings with rich histories can be restored and repurposed into something new and creative. The neon-clad gallery is worlds apart from the classical stylings of the National Portrait Gallery but provides an in-depth look at the alternative art scene in London. The prison cells at The Old Police Station are still intact and now serve as exhibition space for talented artists and students that are looking to share their work with the world.

Resistance Gallery

Poyser Street, London

Boasting a wide collection of weird and wonderful artwork, the Resistance Gallery stands out in the crowd when it comes to experimental art and alternative culture. Specialising in artwork that pulls no punches, the exhibitions at this Bethnal Green gallery often feature grotesque and surreal imagery that provides a very graphic and alternative view of human nature. If that wasn’t enough, Resistance is also home to Britain’s only Luchadore wrestling school.

Graffik

Portobello Road, London

Fans of the rising street art movement will not want to miss out on a trip to this underground gallery on Portobello Street. After artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey opened up the door to a whole new recognised art form, street art has spread across London like wildfire. Graffik is one of the most popular galleries on the scene and is known for showcasing work from the city’s rising urban artists. Be sure to add this one to your bucket list.

The Crypt Gallery

Euston Road, London

Underneath the historic St Pancras Church lays a series of crypts that 200 years ago were used to bury the masses of people who weren’t able to fit into the burial grounds above. Today, they serve as space for contemporary artists to showcase their work and share their ideas with other creatives within the industry. The Crypt Gallery offers an experience like no other and is a must-see for art lovers.