New exhibitions in London

Get your dose of culture at one of these top shows around the city

Our round-up will help you keep updated with the dizzying array of new and recently opened exhibitions in London. Think there's a great show we've missed? Tell us in the comments below.

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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

A byword for timeless elegance both on-screen and off, Audrey Hepburn is one of the twentieth century’s most enduring style icons. The National Portrait Gallery’s summer show charts Hepburn’s picture-perfect career, from West End chorus girl to leading lady.

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National Portrait Gallery Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

For a man who never really left his home in Queens, New York, Joseph Cornell conjured a sense of adventure and discovery in his brilliantly intricate shadow boxes. Considered a reclusive figure, the self-taught artist was an avid collector.

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Royal Academy of Arts Saturday July 4 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

Judith Kerr fled Nazi Germany in 1933 aged nine years old, and began drawing as a refugee in Switzerland and France. Her first picture book, 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', has been delighting families since it was published in 1968. This exhibition looks at Kerr's experience as a refugee settling in London and how she became an artist and storyteller.

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Jewish Museum Until Wednesday October 14 2015

Handel: A Life with Friends

Noisy neighbours are one thing but how about living next door to one of the world's most famous composers? IThis new exhibition explores the composer's domestic life at 25 Brook Street.

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Handel House Museum Until Sunday January 10 2016

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion

The task of transforming the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery with a multi-purpose temporary Pavilion falls to the Spanish architectural duo SelgasCano.

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Serpentine Gallery Until Saturday October 17 2015 Free

Play

Featuring play things designed by Ken Garland, Roger Limbrick, Patrick Rylands and Fredun Shapur, this exhibition brings together the best in British Modernist toy design from those who led the way. During the 1960s and '70s, a number of designers began to rethink the way in which children play, designing objects that would result in the best experience for them.

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Walter Knoll Until Monday July 6 2015 Free

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening

For its only European stop, Doug Aitken’s culturally explosive extravaganza of spontaneous artistic creation will take over the Barbican Centre for one month.

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Barbican Centre Until Sunday July 26 2015

Great British Stink

All hail the power of taps and toilets, two amenities that we Londoners very much take for granted. WaterAid has put together this exhibition of archive material, photographs by Thomas Ball and sanitation stories from the charity's' supporters – including Ringo Starr, Hugh Bonneville and Sir Tony Robinson – to mark the 150th anniversary of the capital's sewage system.

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London Bridge City Pier Until Thursday July 2 2015 Free

Carsten Nicolai: Unicolor

Exploring the psychology of colour perception, the German artist creates an integrated experience of colour and sound in this multi-sensory rainbow installation.

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The Vinyl Factory Space Until Sunday August 2 2015 Free
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Lisa Hassell
Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/