Dulwich: a small but perfectly formed gallery, a story at the Telegraph.
One thing I’m very pleased I got around to doing before I left London was pay a visit to Dulwich. As the article says,
Soane built an entirely new brick gallery and mausoleum, which opened to the public in 1817 (using brick rather than marble kept down costs). The elegant structure, featuring a sequence of five impressive display rooms awash with daylight, is often cited as the first purpose-built art gallery in the world. It continues to inspire museum-designers today.
If you’re in or near London, the place is well worth a visit. Dulwich itself is interestingly nice, too; a sort of mirror image of Hampstead, in some ways.