Did you know the UK Government own a collection of art? The role of the collection is ‘to promote British art while contributing to cultural diplomacy’, and pieces are selected to be displayed in government buildings in the UK (including Downing Street) and across the world, e.g in embassies. It contains 13,500 works by mainly British artists in a range of media.
The collection is housed just off Tottenham Court Road, and you can visit it through booking onto one of their organised tours. You can browse most of the collection on their website, and find more information about their history and events, including what kind of art works Maggie Thatcher and John Major preferred!
If you are interested in seeing what other art works are in public ownership (owned by the state) in the UK, see the artUK website, where many are listed and where you can see them across the country.