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One Aldwych is currently closed for an extensive refurbishment to create a truly inspiring new guest experience. The hotel will be reopening in spring 2019.

Hotel Refurbishment
One Aldwych is currently closed for an extensive refurbishment to create a truly inspiring new guest experience. The hotel will be reopening in spring 2019.

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

Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language

Until 28 April

Gain a unique insight into the work of two of the most exciting photographers, Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng as they explore the power that fashion photography holds in shaping our perceptions on beauty, style and taste.

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.

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2 minute walk 

National Portrait Gallery

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

21 February - 19 May

This exquisite exhibition explores the work of the most skilled artists of the Tudor and Jacobean periods, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver. This is the first major exhibition of portrait miniatures for over 35 years and will showcase key works from the National Portrait Gallery and public and private collections. 

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 National Gallery

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

18 March - 7 July

Discover Spain’s ‘master of light’ with the rare opportunity to see the iridescent canvases of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. Focussing on Spanish life, garden views and vivid seascapes, this exciting collection displays over 60 works spanning Sorolla’s career. 

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 British Museum

I am Ashurbanipal - king of the world, king of Assyria

Until 24 February

This fascinating exhibition explores one of the great forgotten kings, Ashurbanipal of Assyria. Piece together a portrait of this powerful and successful ruler through displays that evoke the splendour of his palace, as well as workings from his great library and rare treasures.

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

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

23 January - 6 May

One of the greatest colourists returns to the Tate Modern after 20 years. Celebrating Pierre Bonnard’s distinctive way of working from memory and capturing the spirit of the moment, this sensational exhibition focusses on his work from 1912. 

Franz West

20 February - 2 June

A key figure of European art in the late 20th century, Franz West was known for pushing boundaries and introducing a punk aesthetic into the pristine spaces of galleries. Producing abstract sculptures, furniture and large-scale works, his art was often described as crude and pretentious. Visitors are able to interact with replica pieces which acts as a turning point between art and its audience.

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

Home Futures

7 November 2018 - 24 March 2019

Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change? Explore how key social and technological aspirations have changed in the home through a series of dreamlike passages and rooms which feature more than 200 objects including original furniture from Smithsons’ House of the Future (1956). 

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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.

Leake Street Gallery

Nelson Mandala: The Official Exhibition

Open Now

This exhibition provides an insight into Nelson Mandala's life, career and commitment to equality and justice. His legacy lives on for being a key inspirational figure as he fought against the struggle of the oppressive apartheid system.  

16 minute walk

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