The National Gallery

The name says it all. This is one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of European paintings in the world. All major traditions are represented. The color-coded layout is as good as a GPS as you wind your way through the crowded galleries to view works by artists such as Van Eyck, Holbein, Titian, Botticelli, da Vinci, Constable and Turner until screeeech! The collection stops abruptly at the end of the 19th century. To view works from the 20th century onward, you need to visit the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern.

The café is one of the best I’ve ever seen in a museum, and I’m not just saying that because of its huge selection of baked goods.

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