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New exhibitions in London

Get your dose of culture at one of these top new exhibitions in London

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

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Exciting new exhibitions in London

Electronic Superhighway

Critics' choice

You’d expect YouTube, Instagram, image manipulation and the Dark Web to feature in a show about how the invention of computers and the internet have impacted on artists and irrevocably changed the terrain of contemporary art. And they do, in work by current art world darlings such as Jon Rafman, Ryan Trecartin and Hito Steyerl. 

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Until Sunday May 15 2016

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution

There'd be no Bridget Jones without him, but Samuel Pepys was so much more than just his diary. Discover the great man's habits, stories and experiences in an exhibition about the period between the execution of Charles I (1649) and the Glorious Revolution (1688), presented using Pepys's voice and character. Through 200 paintings and objects gathered from international museums, galleries and private collections, visitors will see the full story behind this formative era of British history.

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Until Monday March 28 2016

Big Bang Data

What does data look like? Loads of 1s and 0s floating through the ether? A mass of serpentine cables? A nice-looking cat? The answer, as presented by Somerset House’s epically informative Big Bang Data exhibition, is all three. 

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Embankment Galleries , Temple Until Sunday February 28 2016

The Man Who Branded London: Edward Johnston Talk Series

You may not know his name, but you certainly know the iconic work of Edward Johston. The calligrapher and craftsman's timeless letterform was introduced to the London Underground 100 years ago, transforming it into one of the most enduring corporate brand identities in the world. To celebrate the 'Johnston' letterform, the London Transport Museum are hosting a series of talks exploring how great design can affect the experience of travelling. 

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London Transport Museum , Covent Garden Tuesday February 23 2016 - Tuesday June 7 2016

Alice in Wonderland

150 years have passed since 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was first published. To celebrate the anniversary, the British Library have curated this special exhibition within their entrance hall where visitors can sneak a peak at Lewis Carroll's original manuscript complete with hand-drawn illustrations, as well as beautiful editions by Ralph Steadman, Mervyn Peake, Leonard Weisgard, Salvador Dali and Arthur Rackham. 

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British Library , Euston Until Sunday April 17 2016

Cycle Revolution

The bicycle is the pinnacle of simple but effective human design. It has evolved from nineteenth-century push-along hobby horses through patently ridiculous penny farthing ‘ordinaries’ to the ubiquitous epitome of functionality it is today. So how do you improve on perfection? And why would you want to? This new exhibition at the Design Museum doesn’t answer those questions, but gives us plenty to think about.

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Design Museum , Bermondsey Until Thursday June 30 2016

Opening of the new Tate Modern

Critics' choice

You can’t miss the big art story of 2016: it’s ten storeys high. On June 17, a new Tate Modern will be unveiled when its extension, known as The Switch House (that’s the big, twisty building that’s been rising up behind the Bankside building for the past couple of years) opens to the public. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Friday June 17 2016

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

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

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

ZSL Animal Photography Exhibition

The Zoological Society of London's Animal Photography Prize fills the zoo with spectacular images, with photographers of all experience levels competing for a chunk of the £10,000 prize fund.

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London Zoo , Regent's Park Until Sunday February 28 2016

Powerful Posters: Tennis and Advertising, 1893-2015

Celebrating tennis culture, fashion and traditions throughout history, this exhibition brings together posters dating from 1893 to the present. One of the major highlights will be the white dress from the 1970s Athena 'Tennis Girl' poster which was first featured on the 1977 calendar before making its way onto the iconic poster which sold more than two million copies world wide.

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum , Wimbledon Until Sunday February 21 2016

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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! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/