House of Illustration

House of Illustration

House of Illustration is a public gallery dedicated to illustration and graphic arts in King’s Cross.


House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts, founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened at the heart of King’s Cross in July 2014. It exists to champion, celebrate and explore illustration in all its forms, placing it at the heart of contemporary visual culture. We curate 10 innovative and ambitious exhibitions a year, amplified by a vibrant programme of talks and events, and run a pioneering learning programme for all ages delivered by professional illustrators. We commission new work and support new illustration talent. House of Illustration is a registered charity.

Current exhibitions include:

Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds; The first exhibition uncovering Quentin Blake’s personal drawings of birds. Running until 1st October 2017.



Opening Times

10am-6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays. Final admission is at 5:30pm.



One admission ticket grants entry to ALL of our current exhibitions and can be booked on any exhibition page. 

Ticket With Gift Aid Without Gift Aid
Adults £8.25 £7.50
Concessions £5.50 £5.00
Children £4.40 £4.00
Families £19.80 £18.00

Concessions: Senior (over 65), student, job seeker, disabled
Child: aged 5-18. Under 5s go free (up to four per parent or guardian)
Family: Up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18
Any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge.

50% discount to National Art Pass holders when tickets are bought in person at the front desk.

Groups of 10 or more are entitled to a further 10% discount, with teachers and group leaders going free. Booking in advance is essential for group visits as our galleries are popular and can become congested. To book a group visit please email with your preferred date and time.