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The best exhibitions in London

19 July 2022

London is a hub of museums and galleries, bursting with culture and heritage. If you’re heading to the big city and want to inject some education into your stay, why not add an exhibition to the itinerary? If you’re looking for fun activities for art lovers, they’re a great choice. From the Science Museum to Tate Modern, we’ve handpicked some of the best exhibitions in London:

The best art exhibitions in London

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

Hew Locke: The Procession | Tate Britain

tate.org.uk

Until 22 January 2023

One of the best free exhibitions in London, this colourful, large-scale commission was created by contemporary visual artist Hew Locke. It’s focused on the concept of a procession and how people gather to experience a range of events and emotions, from funerals to weddings. You can also explore the impact of colonialism and how culture has evolved throughout history.

Hew Locke exhibition
Hew Locke

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00 Free

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

How to get there: From Vauxhall, it’s just a 10-minute walk over Vauxhall Bridge. Alternatively, from Waterloo, it’s a scenic 30-minute walk along the Thames; you’ll pass the London Eye and Westminster Bridge before crossing Lambeth Bridge.

The EY Exhibition: Cezanne | Tate Modern

5 October 2022 to 12 March 2023

tate.org.uk

The EY Exhibition is among the best art exhibitions in London, as it showcases Cezanne’s best work, with many shown for the first time in the UK. Cezanne is one of the most recognisable names in modern art - so it’s absolutely worth a visit. You’ll also get a glimpse into the French artist’s personal life, as well as his struggles in finding his style of painting.

Cezanne Still Life with Apples
Cezanne Still Life with Apples 1893–1894 (Image credit: © J Paul Getty Museum)

Opening times Ticket prices
Monday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00 £22 (concessions available). Enjoy 50% off this exhibition with your National Art Pass

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.

Milton Avery: American Colourist | Royal Academy of Arts

15 July to 16 October 2022

royalacademy.org.uk

The first European showcase of Avery’s work, this exhibition is a must for any fan of the colourist art movement. His work inspired many expressionist artists, including Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Explore 70 of his most celebrated works of art, dating back to the 1930s.

Milton Avery: American Colourist
Milton Avery, Little Fox River (Image credit: © 2022 Milton Avery Trust Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2022)

Opening times Ticket prices
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00 £15 (concessions available) Enjoy £1 off this exhibition with your National Art Pass

Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

How to get there: The Royal Academy of Arts is a half-hour walk from London Waterloo. We’d recommend walking as you’ll cross the Golden Jubilee Bridge and pass Trafalgar Square. However, if you’re pressed for time, hop on the Jubilee Underground to Green Park or the Bakerloo line to Piccadilly Circus. From there, it’s just six-minutes’ walk.

The best science exhibitions in London

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

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope | Science Museum

May 2022 to January 2023

sciencemuseum.org.uk

Supported by Cancer Research UK, explore all aspects of the disease that has touched so many lives. Read personal accounts of those affected by cancer, then learn about the research and technology that has developed treatments and may help find a cure in future. This is among our top free exhibitions in London.

Opening times Ticket prices
10.00 to 16.45 daily £20

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

sciencemuseum.org.uk

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.

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

wellcomecollection.org

Explore 50 artefacts and works of art in 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.

Fashion Masculinities: The Art of Menswear | Victoria & Albert Museum

Until 6 November 2022

vam.ac.uk

Made in collaboration with Gucci, this London exhibition delves into the world of menswear and looks at the designers’ redefining fashion for this gender. From royal garments of the 16th century to recent runway pieces, this exhibition explores men’s style throughout the ages, highlighting key moments that tore apart the rulebook.

Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities at V&A
Installation view of Fashioning Masculinities 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 £20 (concessions available)

Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

How to get there: From Vauxhall, take the Victoria underground line to Victoria Station. Here, hop onto a District or Circle line to South Kensington. It’s six minutes’ walk to the V&A from there.

Africa Fashion | Victoria & Albert Museum

2 July 2022 to April 2023

vam.ac.uk

Africa Fashion brings together key garments and designers from the continent, celebrating its vibrant and diverse culture. From the mid-20th century to the present day, learn about African fashion through the medium of 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.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession | Buckingham Palace

Until 2 October 2022

rct.uk

Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms have been transformed into an exhibition to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Focusing on the Queen’s accession, the exhibition showcases rarely seen royal jewels. This includes the Diamond Diadem, one of the most important jewels in the collection, which Her Majesty frequently wears. As one of the best exhibitions in London, this is a must-visit.

Opening times Ticket prices
Thursday to Monday, 09.30 to 17.15 £30 (concessions available)

Address: Buckingham Gate, London SW1A 1AA

How to get there: From London Waterloo, we’d recommend travelling to Buckingham Palace on foot. This half-hour walk will take you across Westminster Bridge, past Big Ben and through Regent’s Park. Alternatively, it’s a 15-minute journey via the Jubilee tube line from Waterloo to Green Park. It’s just nine minutes’ walk to the palace from there.

The best exhibitions in London for children

Visiting exhibitions with little ones is a great way to encourage fun learning. Here are the best exhibitions in London for children that all ages can enjoy. For more family fun, check out our top 10 London theatre shows.

When Flowers Dream by Pip & Pop | Kew Gardens

Until 5 March 2023

kew.org

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. Instead of paint or pencil, this exhibition uses sugar, sweets and other unusual materials to create unique works of art.

Opening times vary depending on the season. Please visit the Kew website for up-to-date times. If you travel by train with a National Rail ticket booked through our website or app, you can enjoy a 2FOR1 offer or discounted entry!

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.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature | Victoria & Albert Museum

Until 8 January 2023

www.vam.ac.uk

This family-friendly exhibition celebrates all things Beatrix Potter and was co-created by the National Trust. Little ones can admire paintings by the famous author of the Peter Rabbit books whilst also learning about her life. A passionate conservationist, Potter’s work was inspired by the wildlife which surrounded her home.

Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Beatrix Potter Drawn to Nature, installation image
Beatrix Potter Drawn to Nature (Image credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Opening times Ticket prices
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00 to 17.30; Friday: 10.00 to 21.45 £14 (concessions available)

How to get there: From Vauxhall, hop on the Victoria tube line to Victoria Station. Here, you need to change to the Circle or District line and travel to South Kensington. It’s six minutes’ walk to the V&A from there.

Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts | Wallace Collection

Until 16 October 2022

wallacecollection.org

Calling all Disney fans! This exhibition celebrates the magic of the iconic film studio. Made in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the collection combines the studio’s hand drawings of its most popular films, along with 18th-century French art that was used as inspiration. Will your favourite Disney character be on display?

Beauty and the Beast, 1991, Brian McEntee, Concept art, marker and photocopy on paper
Beauty and the Beast, 1991 (Image credit: Brian McEntee, Concept art, marker and photocopy on paper © Disney)

Opening times Ticket prices
Daily, 10.00 to 17.00 £14 for adults (concessions available); £5 for teens (free for under 12s)

Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN

How to get there: The Wallace Collection is a 15-minute tube journey from London Waterloo. Travel on the Jubilee line for five minutes until you reach Bond Street then walk 13 minutes to get to the museum.

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