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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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

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Across 14 impeccably-installed galleries, Dumas, born in South Africa 61 years ago and based in Amsterdam since the 1970s, shows why, even though she is little known outside the art world, she is the figurative painter-doyenne of our times.

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Tate Modern Until Sunday May 10 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


This family-friendly, interactive exhibition is one big tribute to the plant. They're clever, useful and beautiful and visitors will discover a huge amount about their diminutive world through exhibits and games. Discover how a bee sees the world, how essential plants are to the world's survival and how they move without being uprooted.

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Horniman Museum Until Sunday November 1 2015

Comics, So What?

Join this free event at the Cartoon Museum to celebrate everything that's great about comics and graphic novels, and to help launch the museum's new Comics Gallery. Hear talks by some of Britain's best creators; Hunt Emerson, Karrie Fransman, David Hine and Posy Simmonds will all be in attendance. Learn tricks of the trade in free workshops and share your favourite comics with the other guests. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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Cartoon Museum Saturday March 7 2015 Free

The London Photograph Fair

The London Photograph Fair brings together around 50 dealers from the UK, Europe and beyond. While all eras of the medium are represented, there is an emphasis on vintage images, alongside a good range of collectible photography books.

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Holiday Inn Bloomsbury Sunday March 8 2015

Dickens's First Love

Being in love has long influenced novelists, and Charles Dickens was no exception. He fell in love with Maria Beadnell at the age of 18 and subsequently immortalised her in 'David Copperfield' (Dora Spenlow) and 'Little Dorrit' (Flora Finching). Beadnell dumped the young journalist and budding author after three years, but her influence on Dickens as a young man helped to turn him into one of our most beloved authors. This exhibition of portraits and early writings is a tribute to the couple and to the passion found in first love.

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Charles Dickens Museum Until Sunday April 19 2015

Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics

Spanning objects from the 1750s  to the present day, this exhibition takes a closer look at the iconic blue and white ceramics that have become something of a phenomenon with us Brits. A varied collection of designs and decorated pieces reflects changes within British society and culture, and explores the fascination the style holds for consumers as well as potters and artists.

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V&A Until Sunday January 3 2016 Free

Elvis at The O2

Get ready to be all shook up, London, because we're getting a taste of Graceland in this exhibition of more than 300 artefacts, some of which have never previously been exhibited outside Memphis.

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The O2 Until Monday August 31 2015
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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!