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London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
 

 

London is home to over 300 museums and galleries, making it the epicentre of culture and collections in the northern hemisphere. From the world's largest Maritime Museum to an art gallery in an old power station, London delves into the history of everything from boats to Botticellis and mosaics to manuscripts. Also worth checking out is our London Museums Late Openings article.

 
 

British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture - 6 million annual visitors

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Over eight million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, the British Museum displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. The hieroglyphics and classical sculptures are instantly recognisable and world famous, but more surprising is the workmanship and beauty of the Saxon jewellery collection. The treasures assembled here, from Britain's Dark Ages, reveal a period of original and brilliant artistry. The museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. Regular events include talks, films, performances and demonstrations.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th May to 27th November 2016 | £16.50, children under 16 Free

 
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds British Museum 2016-05-192016-11-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Gallery Talk
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 30th August 2016 - 1.15pm | Free

 
Gallery Talk British Museum 2016-08-302016-08-30 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

An informative and illustrated talk in the gallery.

Stories From The Sea
On Soon

12th, 16th, 25th and 30th Aug 2016 at 11.30am-12noon, 1pm-1.30pm and 2pm-2.30pm | Free, Free plus adm £16.50, under 16s Free

 
Stories From The Sea British Museum 2016-07-212016-08-30 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Interactive storytelling in the BP exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds.

Gallery Talk: Curiosities And Connoisseurs:
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 31st August 2016 - 1.15pm | Free

 
Gallery Talk: Curiosities And Connoisseurs: British Museum 2016-08-312016-08-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

An informative and illustrated talk in the gallery.

Rome And Egypt: A Long Relationship
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 1st September 2016 - 1.30pm-2.30pm | Free booking essential

 
Rome And Egypt: A Long Relationship British Museum 2016-09-012016-09-01 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Lecture presented by Ross Thomas, British Museum.

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National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900 - 4 million annual visitors

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square where it has been pedestrianised. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to encourage the public to visit, view and experience the art: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos of encouragement and enthusiasm. Regular activities include: audio tours, guided tours, sessions for visitors with a visual impairment, lunchtime talks, live music and late night openings on Fridays.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Painters' Paintings: From Van Dyck to Freud Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd June to 4th September 2016 | Adult £12, senior £10, student £6

 
Painters' Paintings: From Van Dyck to Freud National Gallery 2016-06-222016-09-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
George Shaw: My Back To Nature OngoingFree Event

11th May to 30th October 2016 | Free

 
George Shaw: My Back To Nature National Gallery 2016-05-112016-10-30 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Beautiful Blooms And Crawling Creatures
On SoonFree Event

9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th Aug 2016 at 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm | Free

 
Beautiful Blooms And Crawling Creatures National Gallery 2016-07-262016-08-30 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Children's craft activities.

A View Into The Italian Renaissance: Veronese
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 31st August 2016 - 1pm-1.30pm | Free

 
A View Into The Italian Renaissance: Veronese National Gallery 2016-08-312016-08-31 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

An exploration of the renaissance in Italy.

Illuminated Illusions
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 4th September 2016 - 11am-1pm | Free

 
Illuminated Illusions National Gallery 2016-09-042016-09-04 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Create a glow-in-the dark masterpiece inspired by Pissarro.

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Tate Britain

British art and the Turner Prize, Blake, Spencer and Stubbs - 1.5 million annual visitors

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other galleries around the UK, including Tate Modern also in London. Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. Turner's Gallery (another tribute to the artist himself) is a virtual reconstruction of the room in which Turner showed his own paintings.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Painting with Light Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th May to 25th September 2016 | Adult £18, concession £16

 
Painting with Light Tate Britain 2016-05-112016-09-25 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979 Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th April to 29th August 2016 | Adult £12, concession £10.50

 
Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979 Tate Britain 2016-04-122016-08-29 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Pablo Bronstein Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 9th October 2016

 
Pablo Bronstein Tate Britain 2016-04-262016-10-09 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Art and Alcohol OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th November 2015 to 24th September 2016 | Free

 
Art and Alcohol Tate Britain 2015-11-162016-09-24 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142016-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking
OngoingFree Event

19th September 2012 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking Tate Britain 2012-09-192016-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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Natural History Museum

Interactive, life and earth science museum - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. Highlights of the Natural History Museum include: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition, Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds, Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species, The Power Within - a sensational earthquake experience, and Ecology and Mammals. Investigate - a hands-on science centre - is especially great for children and kids can also follow gallery trails and try their hand at art activities. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year also demands attention and is a highlight of the museum's temporary exhibitions. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre in its magnificent cocoon building is highly recommended. Regular lectures and demonstrations combined with interactive exhibitions aim to bring to life the millions of preserved specimens on show. There is also a tranquil wildlife garden containing native fauna and flora.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Maisie And The Mammoth Tooth
Now OnFree Event

22nd Aug, 26th Aug, 28th Aug & 29th Aug and 2nd Sep 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Maisie And The Mammoth Tooth Natural History Museum 2016-08-222016-09-02 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Themed puppet show about the Ice Age.

Pond Life
Now OnFree Event

2nd to 30th August 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Pond Life Natural History Museum 2016-08-022016-08-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Try your hand at pond-dipping.

Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
Now On

1st to 31st August 2016 - Various Times | £10

 
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour Natural History Museum 2016-08-012016-08-31 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Explore the zoology collection, encounter treasures within the 22 million animal specimens housed there and learn more about the latest research.

Investigate For Families
Now OnFree Event

1st to 31st August 2016 - 11.30am | Free

 
Investigate For Families Natural History Museum 2016-08-012016-08-31 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Discover more about the work of scientists and look closely at real objects using the many tools provided with the guidance of Museum Science Educator staff.

Sensational Butterflies Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th March to 11th September 2016 | £5.85 (Adults, Children and concessions), £19.80 (Family)

 
Sensational Butterflies Natural History Museum 2016-03-242016-09-11 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Preparing The Carpological Collection
On SoonFree Event

9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th Aug 2016 at 11am and 2pm | Free

 
Preparing The Carpological Collection Natural History Museum 2016-06-282016-08-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
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Science Museum

IMAX, interactivity, twiddling, tweaking and technology - 3 million annual visitors

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built gallery and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion in Launch Pad and discover how aircrafts are built in the Flight gallery. The Wellcome Wing allows visitors to morph their faces to look older or younger, manipulate their voices and create digital music, or be sucked into the 3D world of the stunning IMAX cinema. The scientific questions of the day are hotly debated in Antenna.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th February to 4th September 2016 | £10 (Adults), £7 (Concessions)

 
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius Science Museum 2016-02-102016-09-04 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Robots Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th February to 3rd September 2017 | £15, concs £13

 
Robots Science Museum 2017-02-082017-09-03 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
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National Portrait Gallery

Portraits from the 14th century to the present day - 4 million annual visitors

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of this gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Fatboy Slim and Joan Collins all hanging out together? The appeal of the National Portrait Gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 14th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual BP Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2016 OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd June to 18th September 2016 | Free

 
BP Portrait Award 2016 National Portrait Gallery 2016-06-232016-09-18 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Portrait Of The Day
OngoingFree Event

1st June to 31st August 2016 - 12.30pm | Free

 
Portrait Of The Day National Portrait Gallery 2016-06-012016-08-31 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
The Drawing Room: Drawing On Black Chronicles
Free Event

Monday 29th August 2016 - 1pm-3pm | Free

 
The Drawing Room: Drawing On Black Chronicles National Portrait Gallery 2016-08-292016-08-29 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Explore the Black Chronicles intervention.

Portrait Of The Day
On SoonFree Event

1st to 30th September 2016 - 12.30pm | Free

 
Portrait Of The Day National Portrait Gallery 2016-09-012016-09-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team on a chosen portrait in the collection.

Picasso Portraits Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th October 2016 to 5th February 2017 | £17.50, concs £15.50

 
Picasso Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2016-10-062017-02-05 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Museum of decorative and applied arts - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of photography. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. In recent years the trend at the V & A has been towards style retrospectives of entire periods like Art Deco, Art Nouveau and shows focusing on individual designers like Armani and Ossie Clarke. The museum is second-to-none in this regard. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The two halls (Cast Courts), in particular, form a major focal point for the gallery - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th June to 6th November 2016

 
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-06-182016-11-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Elytra Filament Pavilion OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th May to 6th November 2016 | Free

 
Elytra Filament Pavilion Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-05-182016-11-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th February to 31st August 2016 | Free

 
Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-02-092016-08-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017 | £12

 
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-04-162017-03-12 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Road Building
OngoingFree Event

3rd May 2015 to 15th October 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Road Building Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032016-10-15 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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National Maritime Museum

Navigation, navy, the sea and the Empire - 2.5 million annual visitors

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection, partly housed in former royal palace Queen's House, dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. While you're here leave time to visit the Peter Harrison Planetarium as well as the Meridian line by which time across the globe is measured.

 
 

Events at National Maritime Museum

Above and Beyond Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th May to 29th August 2016

 
Above and Beyond National Maritime Museum 2016-05-272016-08-29 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th May 2016 to 1st January 2018

 
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle National Maritime Museum 2016-05-202018-01-01 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Daytime Sky Watch: Venus
Ends Today

22nd, 25th, 26th and 29th Aug 2016 - 3.50pm-5.50pm | £5

 
Daytime Sky Watch: Venus National Maritime Museum 2016-08-222016-08-29 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

Attractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.

Introduction to Astronomy
On Soon

13th Sep, 20th Sep, 27th Sep, 4th Oct, 11th Oct & 12th Oct and 18th Oct 2016 - 7pm-9pm | £90, mems £81

 
Introduction to Astronomy National Maritime Museum 2016-09-132016-10-18 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

A beginner's course in the subject.

Introduction To Digital Astrophotography
On Soon

13th Sep, 20th Sep, 27th Sep, 4th Oct, 11th Oct & 12th Oct and 18th Oct 2016 - 7pm-9pm | £90, mems £81

 
Introduction To Digital Astrophotography National Maritime Museum 2016-09-132016-10-18 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

A chance to learn the basics of the subject.

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Museum of London

Record of London from the prehistoric to the present day - 300,000 annual visitors

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at the Museum of London, a modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in The City. A chain of chronological galleries guide visitors through the history of this ancient city; 50,000 objects from Roman London pave the way to buckles, brooches and belt-fittings of the medieval period, 17th century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

The Great Fire: Daily Storytelling
Now OnFree Event

23rd July to 2nd September 2016 - 2pm | Free

 
The Great Fire: Daily Storytelling Museum of London 2016-07-232016-09-02 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Tales about the Great Fire of London.

Fire! Fire! Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd July 2016 to 17th April 2017 | Adult from £8, child from £5

 
Fire! Fire! Museum of London 2016-07-232017-04-17 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
BSL Tour: Roman London
Free Event

Monday 29th August 2016 - 6pm | Free

 
BSL Tour: Roman London Museum of London 2016-08-292016-08-29 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

A guided tour for visitors with hearing difficulties.

The Great Fire Anniversary Weekend Family Festival
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016 - 12noon-4pm | Free

 
The Great Fire Anniversary Weekend Family Festival Museum of London 2016-09-032016-09-04 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Great Fire-themed activities with a digital twist.

Great Fire Perspectives Lecture Series
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 7th September 2016 - 3pm | Free

 
Great Fire Perspectives Lecture Series Museum of London 2016-09-072016-09-07 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

A series of free lectures exploring the Great Fire of 1666 and its legacy.

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Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall, 20th century art, Matisse to Moore.

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Located along the banks of the River Thames, Tate Modern opened to great acclaim in 2000 and has since welcomed millions of visitors through its imposing doors. If you are visiting for the first time, you should approach from Blackfriars (Tube / Rail) station, crossing Norman Foster's 'Blade of Light' Millennium Bridge, walking towards this spectacular modernist masterpiece with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral behind you. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the gallery pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day. The awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic 20th century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Justifiably the most popular art gallery in Europe.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Summer Families Gallery Material World
Now OnFree Event

28th July to 4th September 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Summer Families Gallery Material World Tate Modern 2016-07-282016-09-04 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

An opportunity to handle art materials as an artist would.

Georgia O'Keeffe Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th July to 30th October 2016 | Adult £19, concession £17, under 12 Free

 
Georgia O'Keeffe Tate Modern 2016-07-062016-10-30 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th January to 31st December 2016 | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Louise Bourgeois OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th June 2016 to 17th June 2017 | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Louise Bourgeois Tate Modern 2016-06-172017-06-17 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Elegies
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elegies Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Surrealism And Beyond
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Surrealism And Beyond Tate Modern 2014-05-282016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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Somerset House

Gallery and former Tudor palace

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of Edward VI, built the great mansion on the banks of the river to match his new-found status and rank. Following the Duke's execution for treason in 1552, the house passed onto Queen Elizabeth I and then Anne of Denmark and Norway - wife of James I - who christened it 'Denmark House'. Charles I's Queen, Henrietta Maria of France, was the next royal occupant. Having lived through the Civil War, the Great Fire, various refurbishments and other regal guests including Queen Catherine of Braganza, the palace fell into disrepair in the 1700s and was eventually demolished. Sir William Chambers was commissioned to design a replacement building whose purpose was to house various learned societies of the day. The current building still looks and feels like a palace with its great courtyard and elegant fountains, riverside terrace and magnificent collection of art and sculpture. It's easy to imagine a time when kings, queens and courtiers graced its grounds. Modern-day concerts now held in the courtyard echo the dramatic and musical masque entertainments popular during the reign of Anne of Denmark. While visitors have to pay to view the main galleries, admission to the courtyard, riverside terrace, restored Seamen's Hall, Nelson Stair, interpretation gallery and 18th century Commissioner's Barge are all free.

 
 

Events at Somerset House

The World Illustration Awards Ends TodayFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 29th August 2016 | Free

 
The World Illustration Awards Somerset House 2016-08-012016-08-29 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

Back for its 40th year, the World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this August to showcase over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. The unique exhibition brings ...more

Bjork Digital On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st September to 23rd October 2016 | £15 (Adults), £12.50 (Concs)

 
Bjork Digital Somerset House 2016-09-012016-10-23 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

It doesn't get much more immersive than the inside of Bjork's mouth. But that's exactly where Bjork Digital, an immersive virtual reality exhibition on the Icelandic pop start and artist, will take you. This exhibition ...more

London Design Biennale On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th to 27th September 2016 | Free

 
London Design Biennale Somerset House 2016-09-072016-09-27 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

Produced by the team behind the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings a new international element to the annual London festival. Held for the first ...more

Hair by Sam McKnight Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2016 to 12th March 2017 | £12.50, £10 concessions

 
Hair by Sam McKnight Somerset House 2016-11-022017-03-12 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings
Hair by Sam McKnight Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2016 to 12th March 2017 | £12.50, £10 concessions

 
Hair by Sam McKnight Somerset House 2016-11-022017-03-12 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings
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Design Museum

Furniture, fashion, architecture and art - 250,000 annual visitors

224-238 Kensington High Street, Bankside, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 

Located on the banks of the Thames, the Design Museum has two floors and showcases contemporary design in all forms, including fashion, graphic and architectural. There are two main galleries, and the collections trace the history of design developments, from the origins of mass production to contemporary works. This was the first museum in the world to focus on the exhibition of mass-produced items and today boasts a celebrated collection of everyday objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. While the items allow visitors to reminisce about the past, the Design Museum also provides an opportunity to examine innovative prototypes for the future. The objects relate to engineering, technology, furniture, fashion and architecture. Housed in a 1950s building re-designed by the Conran Group, the museum lies just downriver of Butler's Wharf and the old spice-importing warehouses. And, if you start to get peckish during your visit, the Blue Print Cafe on the first floor overlooking the river is a bit of a treat.

 
 
 

Whitechapel Gallery

Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery, reopened in April 2009, double in size. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space. The expansion means the Whitechapel has a number of new exhibition spaces offering a fantastic backdrop for corporate and private events.

 
 
 
 
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