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

Perfume - A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

From 21 June until 17 September 2017

Multi-sensory exhibition featuring ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years.

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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

BP Portrait Award

Until 24 September 2017

Selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition always features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.


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

Hokusai, Beyond the Great Wave

Until 13 August 2017

Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists. This exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

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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

Giacometti

Until 10 September 2017

Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years

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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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