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London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
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

South Africa: The Art Of A Nation Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th October 2016 to 26th February 2017 | £12 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
South Africa: The Art Of A Nation British Museum 2016-10-272017-02-26 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Places Of The Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950
OngoingFree Event

23rd February to 27th August 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Places Of The Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950 British Museum 2017-02-232017-08-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The American Dream: Pop to Present On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th March to 18th June 2017 | £16.50 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
The American Dream: Pop to Present British Museum 2017-03-092017-06-18 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Myths Retold: Solomon & Sheba
On Soon

Sunday 12th March 2017 - 2.30pm | £6-£8

 
Myths Retold: Solomon & Sheba British Museum 2017-03-122017-03-12 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

A series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world.

Beyond the Great Wave Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th May to 13th August 2017

 
Beyond the Great Wave British Museum 2017-05-252017-08-13 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
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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

Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th January to 26th March 2017 | Free

 
Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition National Gallery 2017-01-192017-03-26 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th February to 21st May 2017 | Free

 
Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene National Gallery 2017-02-152017-05-21 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Australia's Impressionists Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th December 2016 to 26th March 2017 | £6.50, OAP £5.50, National Art Pass mems/NUS/unwaged/ages 12-18 £3.50, members Free

 
Australia's Impressionists National Gallery 2016-12-072017-03-26 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Michelangelo & Sebastiano On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th March to 25th June 2017 | Admission charge, members go Free

 
Michelangelo & Sebastiano National Gallery 2017-03-152017-06-25 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 28th August 2017 | Free

 
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic National Gallery 2017-04-262017-08-28 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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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

David Hockney Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th February to 29th May 2017

 
David Hockney Tate Britain 2017-02-092017-05-29 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Paul Nash Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th October 2016 to 5th March 2017 | TBC

 
Paul Nash Tate Britain 2016-10-262017-03-05 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Martin Boyce: Do Words Have Voices
OngoingFree Event

30th November 2016 to 17th April 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Martin Boyce: Do Words Have Voices Tate Britain 2016-11-302017-04-17 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Rachel Maclean: Wot U Smiling About'
OngoingFree Event

14th November 2016 to 2nd April 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Rachel Maclean: Wot U Smiling About' Tate Britain 2016-11-142017-04-02 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Pre-Raphaelite Works On Paper
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2015 to 7th May 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Pre-Raphaelite Works On Paper Tate Britain 2015-10-132017-05-07 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 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142017-12-31 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

Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition
OngoingFree Event

24th, 25th and 26th February 2017 - 10am-5.50pm | Free

 
Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition Natural History Museum 2016-04-252017-02-26 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st October 2016 to 10th September 2017 | £10.50-£13.50 (Adult), £6.30-£8 (Child and concession), £27-£36.90 (Family)

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 Natural History Museum 2016-10-212017-09-10 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Whales: Beneath the surface Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th July to 1st October 2017

 
Whales: Beneath the surface Natural History Museum 2017-07-142017-10-01 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

Robots Ongoing 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
Robot Surgery Live: After-Hours
On Soon

Friday 10th March 2017 - 7pm-8.30pm | £18-£25

 
Robot Surgery Live: After-Hours Science Museum 2017-03-102017-03-10 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Discussion/Debate.

Legend Of Valentina
On Soon

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - 7pm-9.30pm | £120

 
Legend Of Valentina Science Museum 2017-03-152017-03-15 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Science Museum Lates - The Next Big Thing
Free Event

Wednesday 29th March 2017 - 6.45pm-10pm | Free

 
Science Museum Lates - The Next Big Thing Science Museum 2017-03-292017-03-29 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Talk.

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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

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017 | £3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members

 
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 National Portrait Gallery 2016-11-172017-02-26 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Luc Tuymans: Glasses OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017 | Free

 
Luc Tuymans: Glasses National Portrait Gallery 2016-10-042017-04-02 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Antony Gormley: Object OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017 | Free

 
Antony Gormley: Object National Portrait Gallery 2016-09-072017-09-07 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 2nd March 2017 - 6pm | Free

 
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere National Portrait Gallery 2017-03-022017-03-02 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Musical Portraits
On SoonFree Event

Friday 3rd March 2017 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Musical Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2017-03-032017-03-03 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Ignite Ensemble perform a selection of their own compositions and pieces created by young musicians.

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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

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th January to 2nd April 2017 | Free

 
Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-01-142017-04-02 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th September 2016 to 26th February 2017

 
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70 Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-09-102017-02-26 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Glastonbury: Land And Legend
OngoingFree Event

24th, 25th and 26th February 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Glastonbury: Land And Legend Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-09-102017-02-26 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
The Camera Exposed
OngoingFree Event

23rd July 2016 to 5th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
The Camera Exposed Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-07-232017-03-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Beatrix Potter's London
OngoingFree Event

28th July 2016 to 28th April 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Beatrix Potter's London Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-07-282017-04-28 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
Silver Speaks
OngoingFree Event

8th March 2016 to 2nd July 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Silver Speaks Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-03-082017-07-02 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

Emma Hamilton: Seduction And Celebrity
Ongoing

3rd November 2016 to 17th April 2017 - 10am-5pm | £12.60, concs £10.80, child £6.30, family £22.68 & £31.95, under 5s Free

 
Emma Hamilton: Seduction And Celebrity National Maritime Museum 2016-11-032017-04-17 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
GCSE Astronomy
Ongoing

13th September 2016 to 9th May 2017 - Various Times | £420 core course, £600 core & exam course

 
GCSE Astronomy National Maritime Museum 2016-09-132017-05-09 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2016 to 25th June 2017 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year National Maritime Museum 2016-10-222017-06-25 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th September 2016 to 28th June 2017 | Free

 
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year National Maritime Museum 2016-09-172017-06-28 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
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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

Perspectives Of Destruction: Images Of London, 1940-44
OngoingFree Event

1st February to 8th May 2017 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Perspectives Of Destruction: Images Of London, 1940-44 Museum of London 2017-02-012017-05-08 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
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
Perspectives of destruction: Images of London, 1940-44
On SoonFree Event

27th February to 8th May 2017 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Perspectives of destruction: Images of London, 1940-44 Museum of London 2017-02-272017-05-08 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Living Without Electricity - Professor Roger Kemp
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - 6pm-7pm | Free

 
Living Without Electricity - Professor Roger Kemp Museum of London 2017-02-282017-02-28 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

What happens when power, communications, and transport are all disrupted?

The Accelerating Universe - Professor Joseph Silk
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 1pm-2pm | Free

 
The Accelerating Universe - Professor Joseph Silk Museum of London 2017-03-012017-03-01 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Lecture.

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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

Wolfgang Tillmans Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th February to 11th June 2017 | £11.30, concs £10, under 12s/mems Free

 
Wolfgang Tillmans Tate Modern 2017-02-152017-06-11 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Robert Rauschenberg Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st December 2016 to 2nd April 2017 | Adult £18, concession £16.50, under 12s Free

 
Robert Rauschenberg Tate Modern 2016-12-012017-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th November 2016 to 7th May 2017 | £16.50, concs £14.50, under 12s/mems Free

 
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection Tate Modern 2016-11-102017-05-07 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno OngoingFree Event

4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017 | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno Tate Modern 2016-10-042017-04-02 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
Gustav Metzger
OngoingFree Event

11th January 2016 to 10th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Gustav Metzger Tate Modern 2016-01-112017-03-10 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2016 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois Tate Modern 2016-07-012017-12-31 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

Shutters Down!

Saturday 25th February 2017 - 7pm-10.30pm | £8

 
Shutters Down! Somerset House 2017-02-252017-02-25 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

An experimental club night celebrating urban wilderness and the repurposing of derelict space featuring a selection of tracks curated by the Manchester artist Lonelady.

Hair by Sam McKnight Ongoing 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: Arts Centres
Hair by Sam McKnight Ongoing 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: Arts Centres
Malick Sidibe: The Eye Of Modern Mali
OngoingFree Event

24th February 2017 at 11am-8pm & 25th and 26th February 2017 at 10am-6pm | Free

 
Malick Sidibe: The Eye Of Modern Mali Somerset House 2016-10-062017-02-26 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Syngenta Photography Award
On SoonFree Event

9th to 28th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Syngenta Photography Award Somerset House 2017-03-092017-03-28 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

Works by 43 photographers, representing 22 countries and depicting powerful responses to the theme of Grow-Conserve.

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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.

 
 

Events at Design Museum

The Making Of The Design Museum
OngoingFree Event

24th to 28th Feb 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
The Making Of The Design Museum Design Museum 2016-11-242017-02-28 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017 | £14 (Adults), £10.50 (Students / Concessions), Free for members

 
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World Design Museum 2016-11-242017-04-23 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th March to 3rd June 2017

 
Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution Design Museum 2017-03-152017-06-03 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Imagine Moscow
On SoonFree Event

15th March to 4th June 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Imagine Moscow Design Museum 2017-03-152017-06-04 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
California Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th May to 15th October 2017

 
California Design Museum 2017-05-242017-10-15 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
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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.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

Alicja Kwade
OngoingFree Event

28th September 2016 to 25th June 2017 | Free

 
Alicja Kwade Whitechapel Gallery 2016-09-282017-06-25 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Artists' Film International
OngoingFree Event

24th January to 26th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Artists' Film International Whitechapel Gallery 2017-01-242017-03-26 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Eduardo Paolozzi Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th February to 14th May 2017 | £13.50, concs £11.95

 
Eduardo Paolozzi Whitechapel Gallery 2017-02-162017-05-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Terrains Of The Body: Photography From The National Museum Of Women In The Arts OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th January to 16th April 2017 | Free

 
Terrains Of The Body: Photography From The National Museum Of Women In The Arts Whitechapel Gallery 2017-01-182017-04-16 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Children's Commission 2017: Assemble With Granby Workshop: Brickfield
OngoingFree Event

18th January to 16th April 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Children's Commission 2017: Assemble With Granby Workshop: Brickfield Whitechapel Gallery 2017-01-182017-04-16 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Guerrilla Girls: Is It Even Worse In Europe'
OngoingFree Event

1st October 2016 to 5th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Guerrilla Girls: Is It Even Worse In Europe' Whitechapel Gallery 2016-10-012017-03-05 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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