Born from the personal collection of John Julius Angerstein, the National Gallery sits proudly in Trafalgar Square and houses one of the world's most impressive collections of western European paintings. Founded in the 19th century, this grand building contains over 2,300 pieces. The collection includes some of Europe’s most significant works of art including Gainsborough’s Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Ruben’s Samson and Delilah and Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers. With such iconic paintings lining its walls, it’s no wonder millions of art lovers flock to the National Gallery each year. You can wander through the galleries any day of the week and it’s free! Getting here is pretty easy too with Charing Cross underground station just a short walk away. Tube stations at Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Embankment are also well within walking distance. Visiting the National Gallery will put you in good stead for exploring this vibrant part of the city. The bright lights of Leicester Square and Covent Garden are nearby together with an abundance of West End theatres.