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The best exhibitions in London

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London is a hub of over 170 museums and galleries, bursting with culture and heritage and many of them are free. If you’re spending some time in London and want to inject inspiration into your stay, 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:

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The best art exhibitions in London

England’s capital is packed with art galleries, so there’s no shortage of exhibitions. We’ve handpicked our top three art exhibitions in London to narrow your options.

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS | Tate Modern

Until 28 August 2023

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One of the best places for art lovers, Tate Modern, is guaranteed to house some fantastic exhibitions. Yayoi Kusama’s sparkling, immersive mirror rooms are an Instagrammer’s paradise – though phones and photos will be forgotten as you’re too busy staring around in awe! Endless mirrors and rotating crystal chandeliers create the illusion of a boundless universe, so beautiful it has to be witnessed in person.

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS | Tate Modern
(Image credit: © YAYOI KUSAMA)

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00 £10.00 or free with a member’s ticketopen in new tab

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

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

RESOLVE Collective: them's the breaks | Barbican

30 March to 16 July 2023

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RESOLVE Collective’s them's the breaks exhibition is set to be among the best art exhibitions in London, showcasing some of the design collective’s most thought-provoking work. The show will combine architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges and be the voice for under-represented groups.

RESOLVE Collective: them's the breaks | Barbican

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 9:30 to 23:00 and 12:00 to 21:00 on Bank Holidays TBC

Address: Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

How to get there: From London Waterloo, hop on the northbound Waterloo & City tube line to Bank, then walk for around 14 minutes. On the weekends, you can catch the eastbound Jubilee service to London Bridge, then switch to the northbound Northern service to Moorgate.

25 March to 13 August 2023

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As a celebration of art throughout history, this exhibition is a must for fans of breakthrough art. Take a look at how work by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin inspired many French artists, plus up-and-coming talents from around the world. Explore over 100 most celebrated works, dating back to 1880.

Opening times Ticket prices
Daily 10:00 to 18:00 and Friday until 21:00 Free for members, standard prices from £24 Monday – Friday and from £26 Saturday and Sunday

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.

The best science exhibitions in London

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

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

30 November 2022 to 7 January 2024

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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.

Injecting Hope: The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine | The Science Museum
(Image credit: © Science Museum Group)

Opening times Ticket prices
10.00 to 16.45 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 travelling from Vauxhall should hop on the 360 bus for half an hour. From Waterloo, walk to Embankment tube station before hopping on the District or Circle line to South Kensington. From there, it’s just seven-minutes’ walk to the museum.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination | Science Museum

6 October 2022 to 4 May 2023

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Fully immerse yourself in the world of science fiction by visiting the Science Museum’s most interactive exhibition to date. Embark on a sci-fi story where you’ll explore famous artefacts from TV, film and books, along with iconic works of art and photography.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination | Science Museum
(Image credit: © Science Museum Group)

Opening times Ticket prices
10.00 to 16.45 daily £20

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

How to get there: From Waterloo, walk to Embankment tube station and ride the District or Circle line to South Kensington for 10 minutes. Alternatively, catch the 49 or 345 bus from Clapham Junction to South Kensington station. It’s just seven minutes’ walk from there.

Being Human | Wellcome Collection

Permanent exhibition

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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.

Wellcome being human
Being Human (Image credit: © Steven Pocock)

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 just seven minutes’ walk from the station to the gallery.

The best fashion exhibitions in London

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

Africa Fashion | Victoria & Albert Museum

2 July 2022 to April 2023

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Africa Fashion showcases significant garments and designers from the continent, celebrating its vibrant and diverse cultures. From the mid-20th century to today, learn about African fashion through textiles, music, photography and visual arts.

Africa Fashion at the V&A
Africa Fashion at V&A (Image credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Opening times Ticket prices
Saturday to Thursday, 10.00 to 17.30; Friday, 10.00 to 21.30 £16 (concessions available)

Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

How to get there: From Vauxhall, take the Victoria line to Victoria Station and switch to the Circle or District line to South Kensington. Then it’s just six minutes’ walk to the museum.

Andy Warhol: The Textiles | Fashion Textile Museum, London

31 March to 10 September 2023

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Pop artist and icon Andy Warhol created countless beautiful and colourful textile designs, and London’s Fashion Textile Museum showcases over 45 of them. From the 1950s and early 1960s, the textiles feature an array of kooky designs, including ice cream sundaes and toffee apples, cut lemons and jumping clowns.

Andy Warhol: The Textiles | Fashion Textile Museum, London
(Image credit: © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by DACS, London)

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 to get from London Waterloo to London’s Fashion Textile Museum. Get on the eastbound Jubilee line to London Bridge, then walk for around 10 minutes.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave| Victoria & Albert Museum

Until 25 June 2023

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Celebrating South Korea’s colourful popular culture, this London exhibition is a joy to behold. From the iconic Peony Dress worn by Miss Sohee 2020 to the striking Ji Won Choi x Adidas collection, this exhibition explores South Korean style throughout the ages.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave| Victoria & Albert Museum
(Image credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Opening times Ticket prices
Saturday to Thursday, 10:00 to 17:30; Friday, 10:00 to 21:30 £20.00 (concessions available)

Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

How to get there: From Vauxhall, take the Victoria line to Victoria Station and switch to the Circle or District line to South Kensington. Then it’s just six minutes’ walk to the museum.

The best exhibitions in London for children

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

When Flowers Dream by Pip & Pop | Kew Gardens

Until 5 March 2023

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This vibrant art exhibition is sure to keep the kids entertained. Created by artist Tanya Schultz, also known as Pip & Pop, this bespoke installation depicts a magical imaginary landscape within the colourful Kew Gardens. Instead of paint or pencil, the exhibition uses sugar, sweets and other unusual materials to create unique works of art.

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When Flowers Dream Kew Gardens
When Flowers Dream (Image credit: © Roger Wooldridge)

Ticket prices
From £13.50 for adults (concessions available); From £4.00 for children (free for under 4s)

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 get to the Gardens.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur | Natural History Museum

31 March to 10 September 2023

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Calling all dinosaur fans! This exhibition transports you into the pre-human era, where Patagotitans and Diplodocus’ roamed the land. Explore this magnificent creature up close, then get stuck into handling specimens and enjoying interactives around the gallery.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur | Natural History Museum
(Image credit: ©AMNH)

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:50 Adults from £16.00

Address: Waterhouse Gallery, South Kensington, London

How to get there: Catch the train to Vauxhall, then ride a three-minute tube via the Victoria line to Victoria Station. Switch to the westbound District line and get off at South Kensington.

ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee | Horniman Museum

Until 16 April 2023

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This family-friendly exhibition dives into the colourful world of David McKee to celebrate over 30 years of Elmer the elephant. Little ones can view original artwork from Not Now Bernard and Mr Benn. Plus, there’s a fun interactive element within Elmer’s jungle, featuring a big magnetic Elmer game and charming characters along the way.

ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee | Horniman Museum
(Image credit: ©SevenStories)

Opening times Ticket prices
10:00 to 17:30 daily From £2.50 for children and £5.00 for adults; membersopen in new tab go free

Address: 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

How to get there: From Clapham Junction, catch the Overground to Peckham Rye, then get on the 197 bus towards Croydon. The Horniman Museum is an 18-minute ride away.

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