Hayward Gallery, London

Hayward Gallery London building view

History of Hayward Gallery, London

The main goal of the Hayward Gallery is to make art available to the society because art influences greatly on our lives and frequently may change it. It is a world famous art gallery founded not so long ago and is well known by its innovative approach. The Hayward Gallery is located in Southbank Centre, the cultural part of London. Walking among the London’s places of interest it is simply impossible not to notice a beautiful building on the territory of South Centre, the heart of various festivals and art events. The architecture of the museum is very interesting and combined brutalism of the construction with aeriality of facade windows.

Sir Isaac Hayward who earlier was the leader of the London County Council, did a great contribution to the establishing of this gallery, so it was named after him. In fact the gallery started working in 1968 and was opened by the Queen Elizabeth. This gallery differs from the similar ones by the fact that it receives financial support from the government.

Sir Isaac Hayward

Though the size of the building is not so huge as the other galleries can boast but the design of it is rather interesting. It has two levels connected by concrete yellow staircases. Earlier the foyer was small but recently it was remodeled and now holds more tourists.

Hayward Gallery London yellow staircases

It worth to be mentioned, that in 2011 the World Monuments Fund included this gallery to the protected list.

Hayward Gallery, London exhibitions

Speaking about this gallery, it worth to be mentioned that the Hayward Gallery exhibitions are always temporary. Every year it hosts only three, maximum four exhibitions. The main distinctive feature is that there is no permanent collection. Nevertheless the exhibitions are always interesting, sometimes even stunning and are much sought after the world of art. It bears mentioning that the gallery became one of the winners of the award “Museum of the Year”.

The theme of the exhibitions varies greatly. The museum usually displays the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Edvard Munch as well as the works of contemporary artists and the impressionists. For example, in 2013 there was rather interesting exhibition named ‘Light Show’ where the works of masters of kinetic, visual and optical art were presented in the gallery. It was very interesting show that was worth seeing. Various research programs concentrated on the investigation of contemporary art were also showed in this museum.

Light Show at the Hayward Gallery London

Hayward Gallery, London map

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Hayward Gallery, London opening hours

Nevertheless, the admission is not free and it is necessary to pay for the tickets. The price of the ticket depends greatly upon the age of the visitor. Regular ticket price is £15. Students pay £10. For children under twelve the admission is free of charge.

The museum opens its doors for the visitors every day but the Hayward Gallery opening hours vary depending on the day of the week. The shortest working day is from 12 am to 6 pm on Mondays. On Thursdays and Fridays – from 11 am to 8 pm. At the other days of the week it is opened from 11am to 7pm.

How to get to Hayward Gallery, London


Belvedere Road

Those who prefer traveling by car may use the Hayward Gallery parking facilities. There are two car parks so you don’t need to worry where to park your car. Bear in mind that from 5 pm to 1 am the cost of parking is £9. But during the day the price is rather high.

As the gallery housed in the heart of London it is easy to find it.

You may use the following tube station:

  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City underground lines), step-free access
  • Waterloo East, step-free access
  • Embankment (Circle and District underground lines)
  • Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo underground lines)

 The buses run towards the gallery:

  • Bus number RV1 stops on Belvedere Road.
  • Bus routes 76, 77, 211, 341, 381, 507, N381, N76 and RV1 all stop on York Road, a 5 minutes’ walk away.
  • Bus routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 521, N1, N68, N171 and N343 stop on Waterloo Bridge, a 2 minutes’ walk away.

 While walking among the central places of interest of London you will certainly stumble upon this museum.

Hayward Gallery, London shop and restaurant

Also there is the Hayward Gallery shop, which works everyday from 10 am to 6 pm and proposes a good choice of various gifts, books, magazines and souvenirs. If the gallery houses special exhibition, the shop offers an ample quantity of thematic things for sale. For those who have no free time for visiting this shop there is an online version of it.

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre London shop

After excursions offered by the museum you may have the light meal at the Hayward Gallery Concrete Bar. This is a perfect place for relaxing and discussing the impressions received after visiting gallery.

Hayward Gallery London Concrete Bar

Contact Hayward Gallery, London

Email: customer@southbankcentre.co.uk

Phone: +44 20 7960 4200

Website: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery