Galleries & Exhibitions

London is home to an extraordinary number of world-class galleries with new and exciting exhibitions opening all the time. Read on for our guide to what's on in London.

Somerset House

Sony World Photography Award & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition

From 21 April until 7 May 2017

One of the world's leading photography competitions, featuring rich and fascinating photographic stories from key figures and emerging talent of the photography scene today.

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From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion including the first home of the Royal Academy of Arts and other learned societies – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Now one of the largest creative communities in London, experience its diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture.

2 minute walk

The National Gallery

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Until 25 June 2017

Explore the extraordinary relationship between two great Italian masters, Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, who found common ground in the fiercely competitive world of High Renaissance Rome.

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Founded in 1824 and located in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge. It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Musée du Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

10 minute walk

The National Portrait Gallery

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

From 23 March until 18 June 2017

This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (b.1932), one of Britain’s leading artists. Characterised by rich colour and sensuous brushwork, the exhibition explores Hodgkin’s development of a personal visual language of portraiture. 

The National Portrait Gallery was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. It houses the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, offering a unique insight into the men and women who have and are shaping British history and culture from the Tudors to the present day. 

10 minute walk

The British Museum

The American Dream: Pop to the Present

From 9 March to 18 June 2017

Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists, from Andy Warhol to Ed Ruscha.

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The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

12 minute walk

Tate Modern

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

Until 7 May 2017

Elton John’s unrivalled modernist photography collection comes to Tate Modern

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Based in the former Bankside Power Station, The Tate modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day of international modern and contemporary art.

20 minute walk

Design Museum

Fear and Love: reactions to a complex world

Until 23 April 2017

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is the museum's ambitious opening exhibition consisting of a series of major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture.

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Founded in 1989 and now located in Kensington, The Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.

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