The best exhibitions in London

The best exhibitions in London

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London is a hub of museums and galleries, bursting with culture and heritage. If you’re spending some time in London, why not add an exhibition to the itinerary?

The city’s exhibitions are always an excellent choice for fun activities, and there’s something for all ages. From the Science Museum to  Tate Modern, we’ve handpicked some of the best exhibitions in London.

The best art exhibitions in London

People at an art exhibition

The capital is packed with art galleries, so there’s no shortage of exhibitions. We’ve handpicked our top three art exhibitions in London to help you choose.

The Conservatory x Ranjani Shettar | Barbican

barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2023/event/the-conservatory-x-ranjani-shettar

Until 1st July 2024

The Barbican Conservatory (the second-largest in London) is a wild wonderland of tropical plants, birds and exotic fish. It’s the dream canvas for Europe’s first major glimpse of Ranjani Shettar’s handcrafted sculpture. This mixed-media exhibit uses wood, steel, muslin and lacquer. The sculptures are suspended amongst the shrubbery, reflecting floral and natural motifs.

Opening times Ticket prices
 Monday to Sunday, 9:30 to 23:00; 12:00 to 23:00 on Bank Holidays.  Free

Address: Silk St., Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
How to get there: From London Waterloo, take the Jubilee line to London Bridge. Then, hop on the Northern line to Moorgate, walking 7 minutes from there.

nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/the-last-caravaggio

18th April – 21st July 2024

For the first time in 20 years, the National Gallery is exhibiting Caravaggio’s The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, the last-known painting before his mysterious death. It explores the dark-light contrast of his works that became starker as the artist’s life grew darker in its final days.

 Opening times Ticket prices
 Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00 and Friday until 21:00.  Free

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
How to get there: You can walk from  London Waterloo to the National Gallery in just 20 minutes. If you’d rather get the tube, hop on the northbound Northern service to Charing Cross.

Expressionists | Tate Modern

tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/expressionists

25th April – 20th October 2024

One of the best places for art lovers, Tate Modern, is guaranteed to house some fantastic exhibitions. From painting and sculpture to performance and sound, this exhibit features over 130 bold expressionist pieces from Kandinsky, Münter and the Blue Rider.

Opening times Ticket prices
Daily 10:00 to 18:00 and Friday until 21:00 £22; Free for members.

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
How to get there: Tate Modern is a 20-minute walk from  London Waterloo. When you’ve finished exploring the exhibition, find many London landmarks nearby, including Shakespeare’s Globe.

The best science exhibitions in London

A science exhibition

Is science what makes you tick? Then these science-focused London exhibitions are for you.

Injecting Hope: The Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine | The Science Museum

sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/injecting-hope

Until 12th May 2024

The Coronavirus pandemic threw the world into chaos in 2020. Before long, a vaccine was all anybody could think about. Injecting Hope: The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine uses artworks, interactives and personal objects to look back at the development of the COVID-19 vaccine and the challenges that scientists faced.

Opening times Ticket prices
10:00 to 18:00 daily Free

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
How to get there: From  Clapham Junction, ride the 49 or 345 bus to South Kensington station; this should take half an hour and is a scenic way of travelling around London. Those coming from  Vauxhall should hop on the 360 bus for half an hour. From  Waterloo, walk to Embankment tube station before getting on the District or Circle line to South Kensington. From there, it’s a 7-minute walk to the museum.


Being Human | Wellcome Collection

wellcomecollection

Permanent exhibition

Explore 50 artefacts and works of art at Being Human, a free London exhibition that uncovers what it means to be human in the modern world. Learn about medicine, genetics and how our bodies react to surrounding environments. Walk through four sections: Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection and Environmental Breakdown.

Opening times Ticket prices
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Thursdays) Free

Address: 183 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BE.
How to get there: From  London Waterloo, take the Northern tube line to Warren Street; it’s a 7-minute walk from the station to the gallery.

The best fashion exhibitions in London

A fashion exhibition

As one of the world’s fashion capitals, it’s no surprise London offers some fantastic fashion exhibitions.

The Biba Story | The Fashion Textile Museum

fashiontextilemuseum.org/exhibitions/the-biba-story-1964-1975

22nd March – 8th September 2024

This new exhibition tells the story of the pioneering fashion label that dominated 1960s and 1970s fashion. It follows Biba’s origins as a minor mail-order business to becoming the first lifestyle brand, featuring archival clothing, photographs and film curated by Biba’s founder, Barbara Hulanicki.

Opening times Ticket prices
Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 to 18:00 £12.65 (Concessions available)
Address: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
How to get there: It’s just a short tube journey from London Waterloo to London’s Fashion Textile Museum. Get on the eastbound Jubilee line to London Bridge, walking 10 minutes from there.


Fashion City | The Museum of London

museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/fashion-city

Until 14th April 2024

This temporary exhibition explores how Jewish Londoners, from tailors to retailers, created the capital’s style. From the arrival of Jewish migrants in the late 19th century, the exhibition shows Jewish designers shaping our culture, dressing the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali and Princess Diana.

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00. £13

Address: 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN
How to get there: From London Waterloo, hop on the Waterloo & City line to Bank Station. It’s a 10-minute walk from there.

The Cult of Beauty | Wellcome

wellcomecollection.org/exhibitions

Until 28th April 2024

Over 200 items, from historical objects to new commissions, tell the historic evolution of beauty standards. The exhibition reveals the myth of universal beauty, showing how cultural, social and historical factors influence beauty ideals.

Opening times Ticket prices
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Thursdays). Free

Address: 183 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BE
How to get there: From London Waterloo, take the Northern line to Warren Street. It’s a 10-minute walk from there.

The best exhibitions in London for children

A child at an exhibition

Visiting exhibitions with little ones is a great way to encourage fun learning, and travelling with kids is easy with South Western Railway. Here are the best London exhibitions for children of all ages.

For more family fun, check out our top 10 London theatre shows.

Turn It Up: The Power of Music | The Science Museum

sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/turn-it-up

Until 6th May 2024

Music helps us understand the world. This exhibit shows us how it shapes our world. Featuring whacky instruments, machine-made songs, and musical robots, Turn It Up is an interactive exhibit that’s fun for the whole family.

Adult ticket prices Child ticket prices
£10 From £8

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
How to get there: From  London Waterloo, walk to Embankment tube station before getting on the District or Circle line to South Kensington. It’s a 7-minute walk to the museum from there.

Japan: Myths to Manga | Young V&A

vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/japan-myths-to-manga

Until 8th September 2024

From Hello Kitty rice cookers to therapeutic robot seals, this exhibition explores the global impact of Japanese culture and creativity. Spanning art, design and technology, kids can test their origami skills and try taiko drumming (traditionally used in worship and battle).

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:45; Friday, 10:00 to 22:00. £10 (Concessions available)

Address: Cambridge Heath Rd., Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
How to get there: From London Waterloo, take the Waterloo & City line to Bank station. Then, hop on the Central line to Bethnal Green, walking 3 minutes from there.


Light into Life | Kew Gardens

kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/marc-quinn

4th May – 29th September 2024

Inspired by science, nature and the human experience, Light into Life features over 20 new artworks created by Marc Quinn in collaboration with Kew scientists and horticulturists. From immense outdoor sculptures to drawings on palm leaves, this exhibition has everything.

Opening times Ticket prices
10:00 to 19:00 daily Included in Kew Gardens admission

Address: Kew, Richmond, London TW9 3AE
How to get there: From Richmond, it’s a scenic 15-minute walk to Kew Gardens. Or take the train to Kew Bridge station and walk 15 minutes to the Gardens.

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