London

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The arts and culture are major forces behind London's status as a world-class, vibrant and diverse city. London remains home to some of the world’s best known art and cultural organisations that enhance its reputation on an international stage. This is complemented by a broad range of small and independent organisations that work internationally, nationally, regionally and locally to provide great art and culture for everyone.

The London region covers the City of London, all 12 Inner London boroughs and 20 Outer London boroughs. London is home to 244 National Portfolio Organisations and two Major Partner Museums and includes one Bridge organisation and four National Youth Music Orchestras. Total investment in these programmes for 2015–18 stands at more than £450 million. We also invest in artists and art organisations in London through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme for art activities.

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Synchronised, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Photo © Maya De Almeida Araujo.

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Explore our work in London

Young Indian musicians

London to Lahar

Sharing stories, connecting communities and enriching artistic practice, with £321,000 from our Reimagine India fund

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Buy art: change lives

Koestler Trust puts art by offenders on sale to the public for the first time outside of their exhibitions.

American dance tour

Dance Consortium is bringing one of Americas’ most popular dance companies to cities across England.

An outdoor space viewed from above, as small crowds of people gather around benches.

Coming to a pub near you

Top quality theatre and performance art will be touring pubs, clubs and neighbourhoods across the country, in round 26 of our Strategic Touring Programme

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Hospital Rooms

A Grants for the Arts funded initiative in London installing world-class art in mental health wards

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 2. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 3. Roll Over Beethoven at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Photo © Mark Sepple / Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. 4. Dharavi Rocks young musicians. Photo © Tash McCarroll 5. A Koestler Trust Awards 2016 entry. Photo © Koestler Trust 6. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo © Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater /Andrew Eccles. 7. Cosmos by Semiconductor as part of Jerwood Open Forest. Image © Laura Hodgson. 8. Bow Arts Open Studios '13. Photo © Ollie Harrop / Bow Arts Trust. 9. Hospital Rooms: Dining room detail. Photo © Tim A Shaw 10. Carl Au in Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young at Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. 11. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 12. Hofesh Schecter rehearsal at UDance. Photo © Brian Slater. 13. Mechanical Spider at Arcadia Bristol. Photo © Paul Box / Arcadia Bristol. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.