London

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Welcome to London, the capital city of England.

The arts and culture are major forces behind London's status as a world-class, vibrant and diverse city.

The region covers the City of London, 12 Inner London boroughs and 20 Outer London boroughs. It is home to some of the world’s best known art and cultural organisations and a huge range of small and independent organisations that work internationally, nationally, regionally and locally to provide great art and culture for everyone

Our investment

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.

Meet our London Area Council

Get in touch

Our investment at work: London case studies

A group of young performers poses with a group of police officers

Be who you want to be with Duckie

Queer performance collective Duckie has branched out from its large-scale theatrical events to create three socially engaged arts clubs

A young boy balances on both hands whilst breakdancing in front of a crowd.

Breakin' outwards

Ground breaking hip-hop dance project tours the country, with Strategic Touring funding.

Latest news from London

An artist painting a portrait

Awkward Bastards is back

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at their latest Awkward Bastards event.

A large group of people sat on the ground or in deck chairs in front of the bandstand on the beach. The sea is in the background and a few clouds sit in the blue sky

To the beach

This new network of local authorities and cultural organisations is helping to take great art and culture to people living in coastal communities around England.

A black and white artwork inspired by childhood brain injury

Beyond my Brain

The London Brain Project uses art to explore brain injury in children, with beautiful results

A man draws on a wall.

Museum Accreditation review

During 2017, the Arts Council and our UK Accreditation Partners will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.

People dressed in Victorian clothes stroll along a cobbled street.

Resilient leaders

Described by participants as “life changing” this year-long leadership programme is helping develop future leaders for the cultural sector. Interested? Apply now.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. DHSS at Duckie. Photo © Holly Revel / Duckie 2. Breakin Outwards Tour 2015 by Breakin Convention. Photo © Belinda Lawley / Breakin Convention 3. Barking & Dagenham INSPIRE festival 2015. Photo © Greenshoes Arts 4. Portraits Untold. Photo © Matthew Fessey 5. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 6. Beyond my Brain artwork by Holly Birtles © London Brain Project 7. Live Late at Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield. 8. Image © Black Country Living Museum 9. © Volunteer Makers 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. Bestival Carnivale, 2015. Image © Tom Martin. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.