Got a free hour to spare? Soak up some culture at one of London's many exhibitions. Whether you want to see paintings, photography, fossils or washing powder packaging through the ages, there's an exhibition to suit your mood.
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Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Spiceworld: The Exhibition
New exhibitions in London
Designs of the Year
Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea.
Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals
When intrepid explorers set out on international adventures and discovered animal species which were completely alien to their society, the only way of explaining them to the wider world was through art and description. This exhibition brings together a range of animal representations including Europe's first image of an Australian animal, medieval accounts of exotic creatures and cutting-edge reconstructions of dinosaurs.
Powerful Posters: Tennis and Advertising, 1893-2015
Celebrating tennis culture, fashion and traditions throughout history, this exhibition brings together posters dating from 1893 to the present. One of the major highlights will be the white dress from the 1970s Athena 'Tennis Girl' poster which was first featured on the 1977 calendar before making its way onto the iconic poster which sold more than two million copies world wide.
Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London
Victorian London wasn't all top hats, horsedrawn carriages and comfortable, dolls-house style homes. A huge number of Londoners struggled to keep a roof over their heads. Using paintings, photographs, objects and stories collected from personal accounts and diaries, this exhibition tells the story of less lucky Victorian London.
Free exhibtions in London
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s
Photographic responses to black British experience
Eric Gill Exhibition
One of the twentieth century's most influential craftsmen
Fifty Children - Fifty Artists
Portraits of Tower Hamlets children highlight poverty
All of This Belongs to You
An election-inspired exhibition