Bankside is the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), and the Royal Society of Painter‑Printmakers (RE). We are situated in central London on the south bank of the River Thames, just across the Millennium Bridge from St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.

Our vibrant exhibitions celebrate the very best in contemporary water-based media and original prints, championing the work of new and established artists. For over 30 years Bankside Gallery has played a crucial role in displaying and promoting work on paper, exploring its boundaries while supporting education activities organised by the RWS and RE.

The Gallery also hosts many of the UK’s leading art competitions, including the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition and the National Original Print Exhibition, providing a platform for new and established artists.

Bankside Gallery is an educational charity and we receive no funding from the government and rely solely on sales, and support from Friends and Patrons. Most artworks on display at the Gallery, and featured on this website, are available for sale and Gallery staff are able to assist you with any purchase. You can even spread the cost with the Own Art interest free credit scheme.

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980, Bankside Gallery is a registered educational charity, number 293194


Thames Riverside | 48 Hopton Street | London | SE1 9JH
info@banksidegallery.com | 020 7928 7521

Public Transport

You will find us on the south bank of the Thames, on the river walkway in between Blackfriars south station entrance and the Tate Modern, just down the steps by the Founders Arms pub. We are ten minutes’ walk from Southwark, St Paul's and Mansion House tube stations, and just a stroll along the river from Waterloo and London Bridge underground and main line stations.


For artists or buyers collecting work from the Gallery, limited parking is available in Hopton Street for loading and unloading only. There is a car park five minutes away in Great Suffolk Street.


There is a taxi rank on Holland Street to the rear of the Gallery, directly outside Tate Modern.

How To Buy

If you have seen an artwork you would like to buy either in the Gallery, or on the website please get in touch. We would be delighted to advise you on the art for sale.

If you buy an unframed watercolour or original print you can take it away immediately. Framed works can usually be collected after the close of an exhibition.

To secure a piece over the phone you will need your payment card to hand. The Gallery accepts cash, and most major credit and debit cards.

You can spread the cost by using the Own Art Scheme where artworks can be purchased over 10 months, completely interest free. Please email us on info@banksidegallery.com or call 020 7928 7521 for further information.

Bankside Gallery also offers attractive gift vouchers designed by Richard Bawden RWS RE, available in multiples of £10, which can be exchanged for watercolours and original prints, or books of the recipient's choice.


We stock a comprehensive range of books on the theory and practice of watercolour and printmaking.

Pick up a copy of one of the many enlightening art technique books on display, or choose an art history volume selected for the sheer beauty and scope of its presentation and content.

You will also find carefully chosen titles on the arts in general, together with an extensive selection of stylish and unusual greetings cards.

a clever and enticing bookshop