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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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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Provocative, surreal and instantly recognisable

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Until Sun Mar 15
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Sherlock Holmes

Exhibits include Benedict Cumberbatch's clothes

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Sat Dec 27 - Sun Apr 12
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The Institute of Sexology

  • Free

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush with The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits.

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sun Sep 20
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Don't Move, Improve!

  • Free

Planning an extension or conversion? This exhibition of entries in New London Architecture’s annual awards is worth checking out. Awards include ‘Most Innovative Home Extension’, 'Best Historic Intervention' and 'Most Cost Effective'. All 44 shortlisted schemes are on display and there are some ingenious solutions.

  1. New London Architecture 26 Store St, WC1E 7BT
  2. Mon Jan 5 - Thu Feb 12
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A Bear Called Paddington

  • Free

Discover the furry Peruvian explorer's adorable history at this exhibition of first editions, props, illustrations and films. Paddington Bear was created by Michael Bond, who bought his wife a toy from a department store on Christmas Eve in 1956 and named it after their nearest train station.

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sun Jan 4
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  • Free

In 1931, Shostakovich’s ballet 'Bolt' was banned by the Soviet authorities after its premiere. Featuring real hammers and machines, the experimental industrial production is now brought to life in this vibrant exhibition, organised in collaboration with the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music. The ballet's characters including the Komosomol Girl and the Drunkard can be re-envisioned through the original set designs and costumes.

  1. GRAD: Gallery For Russian Arts And Design Little Portland Street, W1W 7JB
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Feb 28
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Hidden Identities Unfinished

  • Free

In collaboration with the international charity Hope and Homes for Children, photographer Yvonne de Rosa visited the homes of some of Europe's poorest families to gain insight into how living in such adverse conditions can affect family life. This exhibition of 14 photographs pictures children from Bosnia and Romania who the charity have been working to transform from having 'hidden identities' to being respected as human beings.

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sun Jun 28
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  • Free

Browse more than 4,000 unique, handmade pieces of jewellery made by talented contemporary designers from all over the world at this annual exhibition that's perfectly timed for Christmas wish list filling. Prices start at just £12, so even if the festive season has already taken its toll on your bank balance you can take home something shiny. Rising stars to look out for include Grace Hamilton, whose textile neckpieces won her a Selfridges 'Bright Young Thing' award last year, Cara Tonking and her Art Deco-inspired designs and Jelke Quintelier, who does remarkable things with roofing rubber.

  1. Gallery@oxo Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sat Jan 10
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Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

The UK's most comprehensive show of Gothic literature. explores the enduring influence the genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, 250 years after Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' crept out of the shadows. It birthed Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde, as well as inspiring artists such as Blake and Fuseli, all of them represented in this show, along with work by their modern descendants: Angela Carter, Mervyn Peake, the Chapman Brothers and Stanley Kubrick.

  1. British Library Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Tue Jan 27
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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

  • Free

The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of 14 portraits. Coinciding with the screening of his Channel 4 ‘Who Are You?’ series, in which Perry turns his attention to portraiture and identity, this display brings together some of the individuals Perry met during the filming including politician Chris Huhne and 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark as well as a new self-portrait.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sun Mar 15
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

  • Rated as: 5/5

‘The long exposure time required by the first cameras favoured the static attributes of buildings, making them a far more reliable subject than the human figure,’ reads the dry introductory text to this extensive and actually quite moving show of photography from the past 80 years.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Fri Dec 26 - Sun Jan 11
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24:00:00 - Lighting in the Urban Age

  • Free

2015 has officially been declared 'International Year of Light'. To celebrate, the bright sparks at ARUP have curated this exhibition exploring the constantly changing lights of our city and how they shape our day to day experiences. The concept of urban lighting is dissected through a number of interactive exhibits, 3D models, film screenings and immersive spaces, shedding some light on the latest technologies set to have an impact on our environments.

  1. Arup Phase 2, 8 Fitzroy St, W1T 4BJ
  2. Mon Jan 5 - Fri Feb 27
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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!

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