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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

A huge telescope installation looking over Tower Bridge

London 2018-22

Get the low-down on investment in the capital in our new National Portfolio.

Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man

Men and girls dance together

London-based cross-artform company, Fevered Sleep discuss the motivation behind their piece, Men & Girls Dance.

Darren Henley is signing the Memorandum of Understanding whilst sat at a table.

Community engagement at heart of new MoU

Creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement in East London received a boost on Monday (3 April 2017) as the Arts Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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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. Telectroscope, Paul St George, 2008. Produced by Artichoke in London and Brooklyn. Photo by Matthew Andrews 5. Joyce Wilson 6. Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man 7. Darren Henley signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Queen Mary University of London. Photo: Gary Schwartz. 8. Poet in the City at St Paul's Cathedral. Credit Graham Lacado 9. Papers at the Lounge a bi-monthly news reading group at Lewisham Libraries 2014-15 © Deptford Lounge and Ampersand Media. Credit Pepper Pictures 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.