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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.

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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

I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th November 2018 to 24th February 2019 | £17 (Adults), £14 (16-18yr olds), under 16s Free, National Art Pass £8.50, concs £14

 
I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria British Museum 2018-11-082019-02-24 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
New Acquisitions: Gozzoli To Kara Walker
OngoingFree Event

4th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
New Acquisitions: Gozzoli To Kara Walker British Museum 2018-10-042019-01-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th September 2018 to 20th January 2019 | £12

 
I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent British Museum 2018-09-062019-01-20 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Witnesses: Emigre Medallists In Britain
OngoingFree Event

8th November 2018 to 7th April 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Witnesses: Emigre Medallists In Britain British Museum 2018-11-082019-04-07 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Albukhary Foundation Gallery Of The Islamic World
OngoingFree Event

18th October 2018 to 18th October 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Albukhary Foundation Gallery Of The Islamic World British Museum 2018-10-182019-10-18 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

Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen
OngoingFree Event

29th November 2018 to 3rd February 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Landseer's The Monarch Of The Glen National Gallery 2018-11-292019-02-03 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Rachel Maclean: The Lion And The Unicorn
OngoingFree Event

29th November 2018 to 3rd February 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Rachel Maclean: The Lion And The Unicorn National Gallery 2018-11-292019-02-03 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th November 2018 to 10th February 2019 | Admission charge tbc

 
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits National Gallery 2018-11-052019-02-10 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Mantegna and Bellini Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | Standard admission: £14 (Mon to Fri), £16 (Sat & Sun), book online and save £2

 
Mantegna and Bellini National Gallery 2018-10-012019-01-27 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet To Cezanne
Ongoing

17th September 2018 to 20th January 2019 - Various Times | £7.50, disabled £5.50, Art Fund Pass £3.75, mems Free

 
Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet To Cezanne National Gallery 2018-09-172019-01-20 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
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

Natural History Museum Ice Rink Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th October 2018 to 6th January 2019 | From £8.80 (Children), £12.65 (Adults), £39.60 (Family)

 
Natural History Museum Ice Rink Natural History Museum 2018-10-252019-01-06 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
The Wider Earth Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October to 30th December 2018 | £19.50-£79.50

 
The Wider Earth Natural History Museum 2018-10-022018-12-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Life in the Dark Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th July 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Adult £14, concession £9.50, under 16 Free

 
Life in the Dark Natural History Museum 2018-07-132019-01-06 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th October 2018 to 8th September 2019 | £13.50 (Adult), £8 (Child and concession), £28-£38 (Family)

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Natural History Museum 2018-10-192019-09-08 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

The Last Tsar: Blood And Revolution
OngoingFree Event

21st September 2018 to 24th March 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free, booking required

 
The Last Tsar: Blood And Revolution Science Museum 2018-09-212019-03-24 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
The Sun: Living With Our Star Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th October 2018 to 6th May 2019 | From £15

 
The Sun: Living With Our Star Science Museum 2018-10-062019-05-06 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th November 2017 to 28th February 2019 | Free

 
Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives Science Museum 2017-11-092019-02-28 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
The Sun: Living With Our Star: Relaxed Private View

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - 6.30pm-9pm | £7, child Free

 
The Sun: Living With Our Star: Relaxed Private View Science Museum 2019-01-232019-01-23 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

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Astronights: The Sun

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7.30pm-9.45pm | £60

 
Astronights: The Sun Science Museum 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

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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

Monster Chetwynd
OngoingFree Event

15th December 2018 to 28th February 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Monster Chetwynd Tate Britain 2018-12-152019-02-28 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Figure Totem Beast: Sculpture In Britain In The 1950s
OngoingFree Event

29th October 2018 to 4th February 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Figure Totem Beast: Sculpture In Britain In The 1950s Tate Britain 2018-10-292019-02-04 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
The Turner Prize 2018 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th September 2018 to 6th January 2019 | £12.50 (Adults), Free (under 12s)

 
The Turner Prize 2018 Tate Britain 2018-09-252019-01-06 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Burne-Jones Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th October 2018 to 24th February 2019 | £19.50

 
Burne-Jones Tate Britain 2018-10-242019-02-24 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Edward Burne-Jones
Ongoing

24th October 2018 to 24th February 2019 - 10am-6pm | £5-£18, mems/under 12s Free

 
Edward Burne-Jones Tate Britain 2018-10-242019-02-24 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Jesse Darling: The Ballad Of Saint Jerome
OngoingFree Event

22nd September 2018 to 24th February 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Jesse Darling: The Ballad Of Saint Jerome Tate Britain 2018-09-222019-02-24 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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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

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize
Now On

30th November 2018 to 27th January 2019 - Various Times | £5, concs £3.50

 
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize National Portrait Gallery 2018-11-302019-01-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

The leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Gainsborough's Family Album Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd November 2018 to 3rd February 2019 | With donation: £14.50-£16 | Without donation: £12.50-£14

 
Gainsborough's Family Album National Portrait Gallery 2018-11-222019-02-03 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members

 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 National Portrait Gallery 2018-10-182019-01-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Ben Osborne
On SoonFree Event

Friday 28th December 2018 - 6pm | Free

 
Ben Osborne National Portrait Gallery 2018-12-282018-12-28 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st February to 19th May 2019 | £10, £12 (with donation)

 
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver National Portrait Gallery 2019-02-212019-05-19 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

The Gingerbread City Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th December 2018 to 6th January 2019 | £6

 
The Gingerbread City Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-12-082019-01-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Returning for its third year, The Gingerbread City moves to the V&A in 2018. A fundraising exhibition created by The Museum of Architecture, the event sees architects, urban planners and landscape designers build a city ...more

Christmas Tree 2018
Now OnFree Event

27th November 2018 to 1st January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Christmas Tree 2018 Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-11-272019-01-01 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Award-winning London architects Studio Weave engineer an architectural gateway from the festive greenery.

Tom Tlalim: Tonotopia
OngoingFree Event

18th October 2018 to 8th March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Tom Tlalim: Tonotopia Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-10-182019-03-08 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Videogames Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th September 2018 to 24th February 2019 | £18

 
Videogames Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-09-082019-02-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt
Ongoing

8th September 2018 to 24th February 2019 - Various Times | £18, concs £12-£17, family £30-£48, under 11s Free

 
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-09-082019-02-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Fashioned From Nature Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st April 2018 to 27th January 2019 | Standard £12

 
Fashioned From Nature Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2018-04-212019-01-27 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

Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th October 2018 to 5th May 2019 | Adult £10, child £6.50

 
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year National Maritime Museum 2018-10-242019-05-05 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Astronomy and Islam: Family Special

Sunday 3rd February 2019 - 10am-10.45am | £8, concs £7.20, child £6.40

 
Astronomy and Islam: Family Special National Maritime Museum 2019-02-032019-02-03 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Chinese New Year Celebration
Free Event

Saturday 9th February 2019 - 11am | Free

 
Chinese New Year Celebration National Maritime Museum 2019-02-092019-02-09 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
OUTing the past
Free Event

Saturday 9th February 2019 - 11am-4.30pm | Free

 
OUTing the past National Maritime Museum 2019-02-092019-02-09 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Valentine's An Evening with the Stars

Thursday 14th February 2019 - 5.25pm | £20.50

 
Valentine's An Evening with the Stars National Maritime Museum 2019-02-142019-02-14 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

Santa's Victorian Grotto
Now On

18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Dec 2018 - 10am-6pm | £10

 
Santa's Victorian Grotto Museum of London 2018-12-012018-12-21 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

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Victorian Santa's Grotto Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 23rd December 2018 | £10

 
Victorian Santa's Grotto Museum of London 2018-12-012018-12-23 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

This Christmas, travel back in time at the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands with the Victorian Santa's Grotto. Both grottos are set in traditional Victorian streets with festive decorations while traditional carols ...more

Votes for Women OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd February 2018 to 6th January 2019 | Free

 
Votes for Women Museum of London 2018-02-022019-01-06 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
The Legend Of Babushka
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 1pm-1.30pm, 2pm-2.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm | Free

 
The Legend Of Babushka Museum of London 2018-12-152018-12-22 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

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Get Your Party Hats On!
On SoonFree Event

29th, 30th and 31st December 2018 at 12.30pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4pm | Free

 
Get Your Party Hats On! Museum of London 2018-12-292018-12-31 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

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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

Anni Albers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 | £16.50

 
Anni Albers Tate Modern 2018-10-112019-01-27 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Christian Marclay: The Clock OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th September 2018 to 20th January 2019 | Free

 
Christian Marclay: The Clock Tate Modern 2018-09-142019-01-20 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Clock
OngoingFree Event

14th September 2018 to 20th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
The Clock Tate Modern 2018-09-142019-01-20 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd October 2018 to 24th February 2019 | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera Tate Modern 2018-10-022019-02-24 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th July 2018 to 14th July 2019 | Free

 
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 Tate Modern 2018-07-302019-07-14 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

Ruth Proctor: Space For Something To Happen
Now OnFree Event

8th December 2018 to 13th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Ruth Proctor: Space For Something To Happen Somerset House 2018-12-082019-01-13 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

A new durational artwork on and around our ice rink exploring ideas of repetition and training in relation to creative process and the everyday.

Skate At Somerset House Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th November 2018 to 13th January 2019 | Tickets from £11 adults and £8.50 children

 
Skate At Somerset House Somerset House 2018-11-142019-01-13 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep ...more

Project O: Saved
OngoingFree Event

12th October 2018 to 4th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Project O: Saved Somerset House 2018-10-122019-01-04 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
FriendsWithYou
OngoingFree Event

8th December 2018 to 3rd March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
FriendsWithYou Somerset House 2018-12-082019-03-03 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And Omissions
OngoingFree Event

4th October 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And Omissions Somerset House 2018-10-042019-01-06 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th October 2018 to 3rd March 2019 | £14, concs £11, child Free

 
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts Somerset House 2018-10-252019-03-03 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
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Design Museum

Designs that have shaped the modern world from fashion to furniture.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 

In 2016 the Design Museum moved from is long standing home at Shad Thames to a venue three times the size, the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street. The Grade II* listed building has been transformed by a design team led by John Pawson to include the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, 202-seat Bakala Auditorium and a dedicated gallery to display its permanent collection, accessible free of charge. Within the collection - which started in 1982 as the pioneering Boilerhouse Project in the V&A - are designs that have shaped the modern world from fashion to furniture, product and graphic design, digital media, transport and architecture. The collections, both permanent and temporary, trace the history of design developments, from the origins of mass production to contemporary works.

 
 

Events at Design Museum

Peter Barber: 100 Mile City And Other Stories
OngoingFree Event

20th October 2018 to 27th January 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Peter Barber: 100 Mile City And Other Stories Design Museum 2018-10-202019-01-27 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Home Futures Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

7th November 2018 to 24th March 2019 | £14.50, child £7.50, concs £10.75, family £21.75-£32.50

 
Home Futures Design Museum 2018-11-072019-03-24 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
David Adjaye: Making Memory Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd March to 5th May 2019

 
David Adjaye: Making Memory Design Museum 2019-03-022019-05-05 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th April to 17th September 2019 | £16 (Adult), £8 (Child 6-15 years), £12 (Student/concession), £24 (Family 1 adult + 3 children), £36 (Family 2 adults + 3 children), Free (Children under 6)

 
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition Design Museum 2019-04-262019-09-17 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Beazley Designs Of The Year Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th September 2019 to 5th January 2020 | £12 (Adults), £9.50 (Concs), £6.50 (Children)

 
Beazley Designs Of The Year Design Museum 2019-09-182020-01-05 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

Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th September 2018 to 13th January 2019 | £12.95, concs £9.50

 
Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue Whitechapel Gallery 2018-09-272019-01-13 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Surreal Science: Loudon Collection With Salvatore Arancio
OngoingFree Event

25th August 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Surreal Science: Loudon Collection With Salvatore Arancio Whitechapel Gallery 2018-08-252019-01-06 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest
OngoingFree Event

21st August 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest Whitechapel Gallery 2018-08-212019-01-06 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Ulla Von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast
OngoingFree Event

21st September 2018 to 31st March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Ulla Von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast Whitechapel Gallery 2018-09-212019-03-31 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Staging Jackson Pollock 1958
OngoingFree Event

4th September 2018 to 24th March 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Staging Jackson Pollock 1958 Whitechapel Gallery 2018-09-042019-03-24 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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Imperial War Museum

The national museum of war and wartime life from 1914 to the present day.

Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

The IWM London, the flagship Imperial War Museum which offers a thoughtful look at what day-to-day life is like for both citizens and soldiers in times of conflict, re-opened on 19th July 2014 with a dramatic new atrium space by Fosters Partners, and new permanent First World War Galleries, a highlight of which is a trench complete with periscopes, sounds and projections recreating what life was like behind the front line on the Western Front. Entering the museum, visitors see 'Witnesses to War', nine iconic objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from the ceiling. Level 1 of the transformed space presents 'Turning Points: 1934-1945' with key stories from the Second World War. 'Peace and Security' on level 2 explores contemporary conflicts from 1945 through to present day while 'Curiosities of War' on level 3 presents some of the more obscure objects in the museum's collections including a bar where the dambusters crew used to drink, and a sofa which troops in Afghanistan made out of hesco fencing.

 
 

Events at IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

Moments Of Silence
OngoingFree Event

1st November 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Moments Of Silence IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2018-11-012019-03-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
African Soldier
OngoingFree Event

1st September 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
African Soldier IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2018-09-012019-03-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Field Music

Thursday 31st January 2019 - 9pm-11pm | £22

 
Field Music IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2019-01-312019-01-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums

The Mercury Prize-nominated ensemble, formed of Sunderland-born brothers Peter and David Brewis, perform their rock original material.

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