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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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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Now in its fifty-first year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers.

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday April 10 2016

New Ideas for Housing

This fresh investigation by New London Architecture looks at the capital's housing crisis. Following an international open call and newly commissioned independent research, this exhibition looks closely at the extent of the crisis and proposes innovative solutions.

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New London Architecture , Fitzrovia Until Thursday December 17 2015

Ai Weiwei

Critics' choice

Some artists become famous. A few become more famous than their art. Ai Weiwei is a megastar, whose fame as an activist, dissident, and general pain the backside of the Chinese government eclipses anything he has ever made. Which makes this exhibition of his work from past two decades less of a retrospective and more of a belated introduction.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Until Sunday December 13 2015

Liberty in Fashion

Celebrating the company's 140th anniversary, this exhibition of more than 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrates Liberty's impact on British fashion. Liberty Art Fabrics is an internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints.

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Fashion and Textile Museum , London Bridge Until Sunday February 28 2016

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

This major retrospective focuses on their extraordinary laboratory, the Eames Office that produced more than just furniture but sought to address the demands of modern living through new approaches to architecture and arts education.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday February 14 2016

The Fallen Woman

This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and newspaper illustrations depicting the Victorian women who campaigned for the Foundling Hospital to take their illegitimate babies into care. Works by popular nineteenth-century artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave and George Frederic Watts are included.

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Foundling Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday January 3 2016

Lee Miller: A Woman's War

Critics' choice

The Imperial War Museum's major autumn 2015 photography exhibition focuses on American fashion model, surrealist muse and photographer Lee Miller (1907-77). The show considers Miller's vision of women and their lives, and her own changing role in front of and behind the camera.

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Imperial War Museum , Kennington Until Sunday April 24 2016

The World Goes Pop

Critics' choice

This show isn’t about the pop art you know, it’s about the pop art that escaped the history books. And it certainly packs a punch. It’s fun, engaging, colourful, revelatory, opinionated, racy and stunning. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Until Sunday January 24 2016

Glass Delusions

In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, artist-in-residence Eleanor Morgan explores the boundary between living and non-living materials and looks at the way minerals become living things. 

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Grant Museum of Zoology , Fitzrovia Until Saturday December 19 2015

Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

How artists see themselves and us has captivated the public for centuries. Here the V&A brings together the works of 20 artists including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Thomas Ruff, Maud Sulter and Gavin Turk to form an overview of contemporary portraiture.

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday April 24 2016
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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/