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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

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

25 October 2018 - 3 March 2019

In celebration of Peanuts and its cultural legacy, Good Grief, Charlie Brown! examines the life and work of Charles M. Schulz with original Peanuts cartoons and a thrilling range of contemporary art using a wide selection of creative disciplines from acclaimed artists who have been inspired by the much-loved cartoon. 

Skate at Somerset House

14 November - 13 January 2019

Glide your way around London’s most beautiful ice rink in the heart of the capital and enjoy the perfect winter day out at Somerset House. Skate on the 18th Century neoclassical courtyard, day or night with family and friends as Somerset House transforms into London’s most vibrant festive setting.  

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

Gainsborough's Family Album

22 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

Gain a unique insight into the private life and motivations of one of Britain’s greatest artists, Thomas Gainsborough, in an impressive collection of over fifty works. In a public display never seen in the UK before, explore more about his career and rise to metropolitan fame, as well as an exclusive opportunity to witness twelve surviving portraits of his daughters. 

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

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne

17 September 2018 - 20 January 2019

This autumn, a selection of major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery will be on display. The collection traces the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through over 40 masterpieces including famous works by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet, and Seurat.

Mantegna & Bellini

1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

As two of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance, 'Mantegna and Bellini' explores the story of art, family, rivalry and personality in this first-ever exhibition that uncovers the creative links between these two artists and brothers-in-law.

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 Object: Ian Hislop's Search for Dissent

6 September 2018 - 20 January 2019

Who decides history?  This interesting exhibition investigates those who didn’t make history, the ones who left their mark on objects just as much as those who did make history. Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop has been invited to pick a range of intriguing objects that explores the idea of dissent, subversion and satire as well as showing that questioning authority and generally objecting are an integral part of what makes us human. 

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

Anni Albers

11 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

This fascinating exhibition explores one of the best-known textile artists of the 20th century, Anni Albers. A student at the radical Bauhaus art school, she pushed boundaries by using woven fabric as art, architecture and design. Discover beautiful small-scale creations to wall hangings and textiles designed for mass-production as well as her use of new technologies and synthetics fibres. 

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.

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