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New exhibitions in London

Get your dose of culture at one of these new and upcoming museum exhibitions in London

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Our round-up of new and upcoming exhibitions in London will help keep you updated with the dizzying array of displays in London. If planning ahead isn't your thing, we've also brought together the top ten museum exhibitions in London and free exhibitions going on the capital, so you'll morph into a culture vulture before you even know it.

RECOMMENDED: our full guide to exhibitions in London

This month

Out of the Fire

This exhibition explores St Paul's Cathedral before, during and after The Great Fire of London. The blaze which consumed the London landmark 350 years ago was rebuilt to designs made by Christopher Wren after the flames tore through it. Here you can discover objects that survived the fire, follow a family trail or join a tour and find out how the heat make the cathedral's stones explode like grenades.

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St Paul's Cathedral , St Pauls Until Saturday April 29 2017

Teenage Bedrooms

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. 

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Geffrye Museum , Hoxton Until Wednesday March 1 2017

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

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.

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Until Sunday April 23 2017

Beatrix Potter's London

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.

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V&A , Brompton Until Friday April 28 2017

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Lockwood Kipling – father of poet Rudyard – was one of those quintessentially Victorian jack-of-all-trades. An artist, designer, sculptor, teacher, curator and champion of the Arts and Crafts movement, he is largely responsible for the V&A's glittering collection of Indian cultural artefacts. This show will look at his remarkable legacy.  

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday April 2 2017

Further ahead

Child's Play

In this show, artist Mark Neville is showing a series of photographs of kids at play around the world, from Scotland to Afghanistan. Many of the images feature refugees and warzone survivors, and are a reminder of the fundamental need to play despite harsh and unforgiving circumstances.

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Foundling Museum , Bloomsbury Friday February 3 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017


Over 100 robots have been gathered for this show, which will chart the 500-year development of our automated friends. Among the tin men on display will be a sixteenth-century mechanical monk, a giant robot from 1950s Italy – and a few familiar faces from the world of science fiction.

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Science Museum , Brompton Wednesday February 8 2017 - Sunday September 3 2017

Electricity: The Spark of Life

Not just something you switch on and off at the mains, electricity is, in fact, as old as the universe. This Wellcome exhibition will take a closer look over the phenomenon – examining how it brought life to the Earth and has in turn been harnassed by humankind. Some of the more gruesome references will include Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and the electric chair.

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Wellcome Collection , Bloomsbury Thursday February 23 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

One of several shows programmed to coincide with the centennary of Russia's Bolshevik revolution, this exhibition will gather a wealth of art, architectural blueprints and propaganda to present a kind of utopian Moscow that never was. Expect a fascinating insight into the biggest political project of the twentieth century.

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Design Museum , Kensington Tuesday March 14 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

This exhibition casts an eye at rapid growth of Japanese design following the Second World War. Architectural plans, cinema, art and photography will tell the story of how widespread destruction brought an urgent need for new and radical approaches to houses.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Thursday March 23 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

One of several exhibitions that mark the centennary of the Bolshevik uprising, the BL's offering will take a look at those tumultuous times through a wide range of exhibitions, including propaganda wallpaper and a letter written by Lenin.

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British Library , Euston Friday April 28 2017 - Tuesday August 29 2017

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints - and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?

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V&A , Brompton Saturday May 13 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017


An exhibition about industrially produced sheet wood might not exactly sound enthralling. But never underestimate the V&A's ability to take the most humdrum of subjects and bring it to life. This exhibition will cast a look at plywood's revolutionary use within furniture, aircraft and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday July 15 2017 - Sunday November 12 2017
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Top ten museum exhibitions in London

Get ready culture vultures: some of London's best museums are showcasing an abundance of cracking exhibitions on now and throughout the year's events calendar. Whatever the day, week or season, there's always an exciting show to delve into, on subjects as varied as history, fashion, art and the natural world. 

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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/