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

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

From 15 November until 14 January 2018

Somerset House's iconic neoclassical courtyard will transform into London's most vibrant festive setting with its winter celebration of contemporary culture - including installations, special events and cutting-edge music. Fortnum & Mason's Christmas arcade will also showcase a special edit of Fortnum's favourites from tea, preserves and hampers to glittering decorations and gifts.

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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

Giovanni da Rimini: A 14th-Century Masterpiece Unveiled

Until 8 October 2017

Learn about a key moment in the history of art, when emphasis on observation and realism was born. Experience exquisite Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints by Giovanni da Rimini, the most talented artist in the 14th-century.

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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

Cézanne Portraits

From 26 October 2017

Considered one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, Paul Cezanne had a unique method of building form with colour and an analytical approach to nature which influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists.

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

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

Scythians Warriors of Ancient Siberia

Until 14 January 2018

This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC and roamed the vast open plains of Siberia.

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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

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Until 22 October 2017

Soul of a Nation is a landmark exhibition that shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history, changing the face of art in America.

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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

Ferrari: Under the Skin

From 15 November until 15 April 2018

Get unprecedented access into the secretive world of car making. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

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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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