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

Beyond Caravaggio

12 October to 15 January 2017

Bringing together exceptional works by Caravaggio and the Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish artists he inspired, ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ examines the international artistic phenomenon known as Caravaggism.

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

South Africa: the art of a nation

Until 26 February 2017

SFrom some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

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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20 minute walk

Design Museum

Fear and Love: reactions to a complex world

24 November 2016 to 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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