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  • Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich

    Romney Road
    London, SE10 9NF
    Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich

    Mark 100 years since the major naval clash with Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

    The exhibition recounts the story of the great battle and its aftermath, through both German and British perspectives. Examine all the action of a battle that involved an incredible 279 ships, and feast your eyes on photographs, paintings, ship models and items made by the sailors.

    Uncover stories that have never before been told, while marvelling at personal accounts that will teach you about what it was like to live during the First World War.

  • Museum of the Moon

    The Natural History Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 5BD
    Museum of the Moon

    Since 2016 the Moon has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools.

    This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape.

    It's at the Museum in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, accompanied by an exciting programme of events for space enthusiasts of all ages.

  • Collecting for London

    Museum of London
    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Collecting for London

    The museum holds some seven million items in its London Collection.

    We regularly add to our collection, acquiring items that reflect the past and present of this unique city. We do not just collect precious or beautiful objects, we are also interested in the everyday, things that at first glance might not look very special. The context and associated information of even simple objects can often tell us a lot about the history of the capital and in particular the Londoners who lived, or live, here.

    This display showcases some of the recent additions made to the collection, highlighting a very diverse range of stories.

  • Making the Modern World

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Making the Modern World

    Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society.

    The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model and the first Apple computer.

    You’ll also find thought-provoking objects such as penicillin from Fleming’s laboratory, a porcelain bowl salvaged from Hiroshima and a clock that will tell the time for the next 10,000 years.

    Visit this exceptional gallery to follow the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day.

  • David Adjaye: Making Memory

    Design Museum
    224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
    London, W8 6AG
    David Adjaye: Making Memory

    How can a building shape our perception of events – and how can architecture, rather than words, be used to tell stories?

    Discover new monuments and memorials by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Get a first peek at ongoing work and explore the influences behind the highly acclaimed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. and more.

  • Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

    The National Gallery
    Trafalgar Square,
    Charing Cross
    Charing Cross
    London, WC2N 5DN
    Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

    The first UK exhibition of Spain's Impressionist, Sorolla, in over a century.

    Known as the 'master of light' for his iridescent canvases, this is a rare opportunity to see the most complete exhibition of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's (1863–1923) paintings outside Spain.

    From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned, to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features 58 works spanning Sorolla's career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.

    Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland, in collaboration with Museo Sorolla.

  • Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace

    Kensington Palace State Apartments
    Kensington Gardens
    London, W8 4PX
    Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace

    Mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth by visiting Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace.

    Step back in time as you explore the rooms where Victoria spent her formative years under the watchful gaze of her mother, the Duchess of Kent. Delve into a scrapbook of mementos created by Victoria's German governess, Baroness Lehzen, to glimpse at the royal upbringing of a girl destined to be queen.

    Then make your way to the Pigott Gallery, where the second part of the exhibition looks at the private woman behind the public monarch, as well as her later life and legacy.

    Learn about Victoria's family life, friendships and interests, including her fascination for India, as you discover extracts from her diaries inscribed in Urdu and pieces from her private wardrobe, which go on display for the first time. Look out for a cotton petticoat dated to around the time of her marriage and a striking pair of silver boots.

  • Cornflakes to Cola

    Design Museum
    224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
    London, W8 6AG
    Cornflakes to Cola

    In 1950 Sainsbury’s opened its first self-service store in Croydon. This marked a pivotal moment as it was the first time that shoppers in the UK could help themselves to products directly from the shelves. Rationing from World War II would come to an end in 1954, beginning a new era of abundance.

    In self-service stores packaging design took on a new importance as the only way of communicating information about the product. Sainsbury’s was quick to understand this, and in 1963 set up its own in-house design team, led by graphic designer Peter Dixon. Although small in size, the team had a prodigious output, creating hundreds of new packaging designs each year.

    Rigorously overseen by the CEO John Sainsbury, the team was also responsible for designing the company’s broader brand identity, from staff passes to delivery trucks. Every element had to communicate the company’s messaging. In retrospect however, they also reveal the energy and optimism of the period, where even a packet of cornflakes could be playful and modern.’

  • Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

    Based on the Apollo lunar landings of 1960s and 1970s, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

    Spread across two rooms, the Discovery Motion Theatre experience begins with a documentary style pre-show film. Following the documentary, collect your 3D glasses and enjoy the animated Legend of Apollo 3D film with physical special effects, which may include water, wind, flashing lights and moving seats.

  • Take One Picture 2019

    The National Gallery
    Trafalgar Square,
    Charing Cross
    Charing Cross
    London, WC2N 5DN
    Take One Picture 2019

    See how children have been inspired by Joseph Wright 'of Derby'.

    Every year, as part of our Take One Picture programme, we invite primary schools nationwide to focus on one of our paintings and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context, or composition. Take One Picture aims to inspire cross-curricular learning, as well as a lifelong love of art.

    This year, schools have responded to Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.

    The painting was chosen for the wide range of subjects that are explored: the depiction of a scientific experiment and its entertainment value, the human drama happening in a night-time domestic setting, and the references to the Age of Enlightenment.

    Featuring works by children from 31 different primary schools in a diverse range of media – from a multicoloured fabric print to wire sculptures – the exhibition showcases the richness of children's creative responses to Wright's painting.

  • Secret Rivers

    Museum of London Docklands
    No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay
    London, E14 4AL
    Secret Rivers

    For centuries Londoners have existed beside a series of waterways, which have shaped the city and people within it. The history of this relationship and the art that is has inspired are the focus of our next major exhibition, Secret Rivers.

    Secret Rivers uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to reveal stories of life by London’s rivers, streams, and brooks, exploring why many of them were lost over time.

    Historic and contemporary artworks from artists, poets and authors will also show how London’s rivers have played an important role in the city’s imaginations. Previously unseen artefacts from excavations of the River Fleet and elsewhere hint at the diverse industrial, economic and religious roles these rivers have played over the centuries.

    The intriguing histories of the River Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Lea, Wandle, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne will all feature in the exhibition. Each river will highlight a broader theme such as poverty, industry, development, effluence, manipulation, activism, sacred association and restoration.

  • The Secret Life of the Home

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Secret Life of the Home

    From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances.

    Most of the objects on show date from the late 19th and the 20th century. But you’ll also find ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner, and you’ll learn how applied robotics has become one of the key influences on the future development of household appliances.

    How do CD players, washing machines and toilets work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery will help you find out, and you can play the world’s first home video game 'Pong' too.

    Visit The Secret Life of the Home to see how the design of household gadgets has changed over time.

  • Designer Maker User

    Design Museum
    224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
    London, W8 6AG
    Designer Maker User

    Designer Maker User features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

    The exhibition covers a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering, to the digital world, fashion and graphics. Designer Maker User features a bold, colourful and engaging display designed by Studio Myerscough, with digital interactives by Studio Kin.

  • Pattern Pod

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Pattern Pod

    Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old.

    In Pattern Pod, children can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns—or create entirely new ones of their own.

    Like scientists, children explore the world by trying to make predictions about events happening around them. It’s often easier to make these predictions if these events repeat themselves or if there is a pattern to them.

    There’s something for grown-ups too. Touch screens give fascinating insights into the science behind the exhibits and the ways in which children play and learn.

    Visit Pattern Pod on the ground floor of the museum—it’s a fun and stimulating place where children can learn through play to develop their science skills.

  • Atmosphere

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Atmosphere

    Step into a virtual world, with its own oceans, land and atmosphere, and go back in time to discover key moments in the Earth’s multibillion-year climate history.

    The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

    Fascinating objects include a real Antarctic ice core, tree rings and scientists’ instruments. Come to this gallery to get to grips with the latest climate news and investigate the important issue of climate change.

    The Science Museum developed the content for this gallery through extensive research and engagement with scientists and experts, including expertise from the Met Office as principal content contributor.

  • BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    In 2020 Tate Modern’s Tanks will again play host to an exciting series of installations and live performances.

    In 2019, Anne Imhof created a new large-scale commission, Sex. 2018 celebrated the performance pioneer Joan Jonas, while the first exhibition in 2017 included work from a range of artists including Isabel Lewis, CAMP, Wu Tsang, Fred Moten and Fujiko Nakaya.

  • Door to Design

    Victoria and Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Door to Design

    Come and admire the creative and imaginative artworks by pupils of three primary schools - Colville Primary School, St Stephen's CofE Primary School and Sir John Lillie Primary School - who have taken part in ‘Door to Design’, a project for primary school pupils, teachers and families.
    Working with artists and designers, students have created artworks in response to the architecture and design at the V&A for this display.

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

    As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

    Now, let Tim be your guide on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule—just like the one that brought him home.

    Using the latest state-of-the-art VR technology, you’ll get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. Space Descent VR retraces the 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS, and is narrated by Tim Peake.

  • As I Live and Breathe

    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    100 London Rd, Forest Hill
    London, SE23 3PQ
    As I Live and Breathe

    Award-winning, internationally-exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan has created stunning new pieces for the Horniman, including a dramatic installation in Gallery Square.

    Claire’s thought-provoking works draws on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings.

    Her pieces include thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene frozen in time, and nature combined with plastics.

    As I Live and Breathe features new pieces specially commissioned by the Horniman. A dramatic large scale installation suspended from the ceiling and descending over two floors captivates visitors as they enter the Museum. The three forms are composed of thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene, torn by hand from used shopping bags. These suggest a dramatic movement, being pulled by gravity from overhead down to the ground below, but here the movement has been halted in order to freeze a fleeting instant in time.

    Inside our Natural History Gallery will be a display combining plastics and nature, featuring four taxidermy specimens of prolific residents of urban London: grey squirrel, red fox, carrion crow and rose-ringed parakeet. A conical form – made from fragments of torn black polythene from bin bags - protrudes from the mouth of each animal.

  • The Garden

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Garden

    An exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers.

    Inquisitive children can explore the main areas—construction, water, light and sound. While playing, they can find out about floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, and much more. At the same time, they’ll develop the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions.

    Explainers are on hand to help—you can’t miss them; they all wear bright red T-shirts. They are happy to answer questions or join in the games to make sure that everyone gets the most from the gallery.

    Visit The Garden in the basement of the museum for non-stop fun. From giant tubes that carry whispers to a flying saucer that radiates white light, it’s an ideal place for 3–6-year-olds to discover science through play.

  • Prince Albert: Science & the Arts on the Page

    Victoria and Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Prince Albert: Science & the Arts on the Page

    This display highlights Prince Albert’s relationship with the library of the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), primarily through an examination of his personal contribution to its collections. The selection of books he chose to make accessible to the public demonstrates his desire to promote knowledge and learning in science and the arts.

  • Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

    Design Museum
    224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
    London, W8 6AG
    Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

    Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

  • Ivan Kyncl: In The Minute

    Victoria and Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Ivan Kyncl: In The Minute

    After arriving in the UK as a political refugee in 1980, Ivan Kyncl’s (1953-2004) career saw him photograph over 500 plays, operas and musicals. This display celebrates Kyncl’s ability to capture the very essence, atmosphere and emotion of a theatrical production through his unique “in the minute” approach.

  • Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006

    Museum of London
    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006

    Since the 1970s, photographers have increasingly asked questions about the nature of the medium and the role of the photographer in the construction of the image. Women artists have been particularly active in this, as photography provides a way of working distinct from the traditionally masculine art forms of painting and sculpture.

    The photographs in this exhibition are a selection from a three-year collecting project. The museum’s aim was to acquire the work of artists who make photographs about London using experimental tactics. Their approaches involve examining social issues through carefully set-up compositions or by placing prints in a narrative sequence. Others study closely a particular locality over a sustained period of time or record it by pushing against the technical constraints of photography. All, in their different ways, have produced rich bodies of work through prolonged engagement with the city.

  • Red Arrows 3D

    Science Museum
    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Red Arrows 3D

    Discover the thrill of flying with the RAF Red Arrows during one of their sensational aerobatic displays in Red Arrows 3D.

    This stunning high definition 3D film, with flight motion technology, allows you to feel for yourself what it's like in the cockpit as the 'Reds' fly in close formation and perform impressive solo manoeuvres.

    Then you can take the controls for yourself in our Fly 360° jet flight simulators.

  • Treasures of Europe 1800-1615 Tour

    Victoria and Albert Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Treasures of Europe 1800-1615 Tour

    Be guided through a suite of seven galleries displaying an extraordinary collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    The Natural History Museum
    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 5BD
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    Go behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

    As we explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves, you’ll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

    You’ll meet Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research.

  • The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

    Room 90 The British Museum
    Great Russell Street
    London, WC1B 3DG
    The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

    In this, the first major museum display of artists’ postcards, discover both the politics and playfulness of this unique collection of 300 postcards recently gifted to the British Museum by the artists’ postcard expert Jeremy Cooper - ranging from feminist artists such as Lynda Benglis and Hannah Wilke, to Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s anti-Vietnam War is Over postcard and the original invitation to Andy Warhol’s Holy Cow! Silver Clouds!! Holy Cow! exhibition.

  • London Comedy Allstars


    Belvedere Road Coach Park
    London, SE1 8XX
    London Comedy Allstars

    Join us every Saturday night for a huge line up of the best comedy talent on offer. London Comedy Allstars is your one-stop shop for the biggest laughs, the best location and your new favourite night out. Southbank will be non-stop LOLs.