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


25 January to 31 December 2016

UTOPIA 2016 is a year of imagination and possibility celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's inspirational text, Utopia. Artists, designers, provocateurs and thinkers will be experimenting with ways we might live, make, work and play. 

2 minute walk

The National Gallery

Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck

23 June to 4 September 2016

Painters' Paintings' takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery Collection once owned by painters, revealing the private acquisitions of Freud,Matisse, Degas, Leighton, Watts, Lawrence, Reynolds, and Van Dyck

10 minute walk

The National Portrait Gallery

Black Chronicles

18 May to 11 December 2016

Black Chronicles showcases over forty photographs that present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. These portraits of individuals of African and Asian heritage bear witness to Britain’s imperial history of empire and expansion.

10 minute walk

The British Museum

Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

19 May to 27 November 2016

Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

12 minute walk

Tate Modern

Bhupen Khakhar - "You Can't Please All"

1 June to 6 November 2016

Explore the extraordinary paintings of Bhupen Khakhar, a key figure in modern Indian art, who was renowned for his unique figurative style and incisive observations of class and sexuality. This landmark exhibition showcases vivid works on canvas, luminous watercolour paintings and experimental ceramics.

20 minute walk

Design Museum

Cycle Revolution

18 November 2015 to 30 June 2016

Join this celebration of the diversity of cycling in Britain from daily commuting to world-class athletes and enjoy the imaginings of how cycling will change in the future.

20 minute cycle

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