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How to find us?   

22 Bury St.
St. James's
London, SW1Y 6AL
Tel: +44 207 976 1727

Opening Timings

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm


Christmas Opening Hours


We will be closed for the holidays from 23rd December until 2nd January. You can still purchase items from our our website during this time; all online orders will be processed on 2nd January when we reopen. 

From us all at Illustrationcupboard Gallery, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Illustrationcupboard Gallery is a unique central London art gallery representing the most distinguised contemporary book illustrators from around the world. Since 1995 it has presented a continuous schedule of events including single artist's exhibitions, themed events and the much-loved annual winter exhibition.

Other projects have included working with municipal hospitals, public art galleries and museums as well as national festivals such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival. There have also been international events including a touring exhibition to Australia, recent exhibitions in Hong Kong and Tokyo as well as an art fair in Seoul.

Founder John Huddy first studied art history at school and went on to gain an MA (Hons) in History of Art at St Andrew’s University. He worked at Christie's in St James’s, London, extending an interest in old master drawings and paintings. It was a family connection with publishing that sparked his appreciation of illustration artwork from books he had grown up with. As a child he had met many leading authors and artists, a number of whom are now represented by the gallery. In 2006 Jacqui Lyons of Marjacq joined the enterprise as partner, with the current premises in St James's opening in November of that year.

Illustrationcupboard Gallery also encompasses other services, including a specialist bookshop offering signed first editions, hand-made, out-of-print and limited-edtion books by private presses. It also offers advice to estates and author/artists on artwork and inheritance management, and has undertaken a number of significant valuations used for liaising with Her Majesty's Government.

"I started Illustrationcupboard in the spare bedroom of my sister’s flat in 1995 with only a desk and a telephone,  when there was little interest in collecting contemporary book illustration artwork. Over twenty years on I am pleased to regularly show the finest artwork in this field to a broad international collecting audience from our three floor art gallery in St James's, Mayfair. I often think how lucky I am to have the opportunity to see this original work when so many thousands of others see only the printed page."

How to find us:

From Green Park Underground station

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Directions to the Illustrationcupboard Gallery


London Underground http://tfl.gov.uk/tube

Green Park Station (Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee). We are approximately 5-10 minutes from Green Park.


National Rail http://nationalrail.co.uk

Victoria Station (Victoria St London SW1E 5ND, United Kingdom) is a few minutes away, come out of the station and walk to Victoria(underground tube station ) and take the Victoria Line Subway towards Seven Sisters.

1. Take exit Green Park (Entrance 1) 2. Head northeast on Piccadilly/A4 toward Berkeley St
3. Turn right onto St. James's St/A4
4. Turn left onto Jermyn St
5. Turn right onto Bury St
Destination will be on the right


By Bus:

Nos. 9, 14, 19, 38 and 22. Exit at The Royal Academy


By Car from Central London:

Meter parking outside the gallery from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday.

NB: Congestion charge applies during the week.



Meter parking outside the gallery from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday.

NB: Congestion charge applies during the week.


Planning a visit?

Entrance is free. Families welcome Wheelchair access.

Other local highlights include The Royal Academy, The National Gallery, Christie's, Fortnum and Mason, Jermyn St. shopping, Hatchard's, Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and St James's Park.