London is awash with free exhibitions catering to every taste. Save your pounds for the gift shop and find out what you can see without paying an entrance fee, from major shows at the top London museums to niche exhibitions in specialist art galleries welcome to world of free London.
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No tickets to The Cursed Child? No problem. See sketches by graphic designers MinaLima who've helped produce graphic props for J K Rowling's upcoming feature film - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. From The Marauder's Map to Harry's Acceptance Letter to The Daily Prophet, see fantastical bits from Rowling's creations in this Soho pop-up.
Deep red drapes, gold walls and wooden floors will take your right back to 1920s New York - the setting for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. MinaLima has designed every element of graphic art and graphic prop design for the upcoming film, and is now exhibiting 40 original graphic art prints from it at their Soho gallery.
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.
A showcase of board games that'll be sure to have you reminiscing about rainy days spent competing with your siblings. Over 100 objects will be on display featuring games from across the globe and some of the most iconic examples from the V&A's collection. Favourites such as Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly will also be included and a number of hands-on activiities will give visitors the chance to become part of the gaming action.
This exhibition aims to challenge ideas of ‘beauty’ and highlights PoC (People of Colour) and queer artists, bringing their voices to the forefront of the discussion. The project is curated by Mission Gallery - a travelling gallery focusing on exhibiting PoC identified artists local to its exhibition cities.
January 20th 2017 is the day that President-elect Donald Trump takes office, but unbeknownst to many, it also happens to be the day Ice Cube rapped about in his seminal song It Was A Good Day. Rather than mourn the current news, a group of artists are choosing to celebrate Ice Cube’s 1992 hit with an exhibition dedicated to it.
Amazing curator Carey Newsom persuaded 26 teenagers to let a photographer document their bedrooms: now you're invited in to see the results at this exhibition on the museum's concourse. Like homes inside of homes, each room reflects the person who created it, as well as commenting on how how teenagers handle the new privacy created by social media, smartphone tech - and the surprising resurgence of letters and vinyl.