Let’s face it London is not the best place to be during the summer; it’s hot, crowded and the city is so inundated with tourists that walking down the street is impossible! With that in mind the bigger galleries and museums are generally a no-go, and whilst it is nearing the end of the Sebastiao Salgado exhibition – which is still top of my definite must see list – I like to look at the smaller galleries that are a bit off the beaten track.
Dulwich Picture Gallery is a great excuse to get out of the hustle and bustle. They have a really great permanent collection and opening after the summer is the Whistler exhibition ‘An American in London: Whistler and the Thames’. There is more to Whistler than his mother, and this is an opportunity to gain an insight into his time spent in Great Britain and his paintings of London, and getting over to the beautiful Dulwich Village – perfect on a summer’s day!

Based in the centre of town is the one everyone knows but still feels is a bit out of the way – Mall Galleries. Most of the tourists walk past this in their race to Buckingham Palace or Trafalgar Square. If you are quick you can catch the end of the Antique and Fine Art Fair which is the first Antique fair to be held at the gallery in 30 years. It is being held on 28 – 31 August and will see 25 to 30 specialist dealers bringing a variety of art and artefacts for sale. Following that are two very different shows – The British Wildlife Photography Awards, in the North Gallery, is an eye-opening show as it encourages you to look and see things in a different way or should that be through a photographer’s eye? ‘Blue & Yellow: Swift Transitions of Self’ which focuses on contemporary Chinese Art, with the theme of the transitional period between youth and maturity – a great opportunity to view examples from one of the fastest growing art markets in the world.

Not exactly an unknown secret, but The Wallace Collection does have the feel of a chilled hideaway despite being a stone’s throw from Oxford Street. I was lucky enough to attend Hello’s 25th Anniversary Party here last month?!?! It is an awe inspiring venue. On now is an exhibition of British Artists from the early 19th Century. ‘The Discovery of Paris’ is a beautiful theme that focuses on the period 1802 – 40 and features 70 works from prints and preparatory drawings to watercolours. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon…dreaming of Paris!! Plus the bonus is they have a great restaurant!

Of course, I can’t not mention my gallery which will be opening in September with THE show of the autumn – photographs by Julian Lennon. His stunning landscapes really do reflect his outlook on life in their spiritual nature and are well worth a buy. Happy holidays and see you all in September!

Ghislain Pascal is Co-owner of The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ. www.thelittleblackgallery.com