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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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Designs of the Year

Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea.

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Design Museum Until Sunday August 16 2015

Leaving Home

This contemporary craft show explores the effects of a new location on site-specific installations. Do the works take on a new meaning, or lose some of their original significance? The works featured were originally made for the ‘Unravelled’ series of exhibitions which were hosted by three National Trust properties, but now have a more austere backdrop in this beautiful white cube space.

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Contemporary Applied Arts Until Saturday May 30 2015 Free

Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London

Victorian London wasn't all top hats, horsedrawn carriages and comfortable, dolls-house style homes. A huge number of Londoners struggled to keep a roof over their heads. Using paintings, photographs, objects and stories collected from personal accounts and diaries, this exhibition tells the story of less lucky Victorian London.

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Geffrye Museum Until Sunday July 12 2015

Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals

When intrepid explorers set out on international adventures and discovered animal species which were completely alien to their society, the only way of explaining them to the wider world was through art and description. This exhibition brings together a range of animal representations including Europe's first image of an Australian animal, medieval accounts of exotic creatures and cutting-edge reconstructions of dinosaurs.

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Grant Museum of Zoology Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free

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 Until Sunday February 21 2016

Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?

What's going on when you find yourself longing for a cheeseburger or feeling an irresistible urge to eat chocolate cake? That's the question this new exhibition at the Science Museum is asking. 

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Science Museum Until Friday January 1 2016 Free

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s

This new display at the V&A showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience. Pieces range from Yinka Shonibare's large-scale series, 'Diary of a Victorian Dandy', to JD Okhai Ojeikere's black and white studies of elaborate head ties worn by Nigerian women.

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V&A Until Sunday May 24 2015 Free

Taxidermy Is Dead (Long Live Taxidermy)

This March the Horniman Museum unveils a new Historic Natural History Gallery featuring new displays and a bigger selection of its stored collection. At its entrance is a new exhibition space, and Polly Morgan's 'Taxidermy is Dead (Long Live Taxidermy)' will be the first to fill it. Morgan hopes to prove that taxidermy is not a 'dying art', and her work, which only uses animals that have died naturally or accidentally, features preserved creatures in extraordinary poses and artistic freeze frames.

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Horniman Museum Until Sunday June 7 2015 Free

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. More than 250 specimens from the Natural History Museum's collections will also be on show, including coral collected by Darwin on the HMS Beagle. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday September 13 2015

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client

There can't be many more permanent projects than buildings, so it's little wonder that architects and their clients have especially delicate and complex relationships. This exhibition looks at the work and influence of British architects such as Sir Christopher Wren, William Chambers and Sir John Soane, charting the development of their profession from Elizabethan to Victorian times and looking at the role of the client in architectural commissions.

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Sir John Soane's Museum Until Saturday May 9 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!