Our round-up of new and upcoming exhibitions in London will help keep you updated with the dizzying array of displays in London. If planning ahead isn't your thing, 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.
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Part of the BM's 'Queer Histories' season – and tying into the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this display takes a look at queer experiences throughout history – from the Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous to Japanese drag queens.
Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints - and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?
An exhibition that aims to highlight the environmental issues that the rivers and waterways of South Asia face right now and in the years to come ('pani' being the widely-used word for water). Artist Daksha Patel will be showing a number of colourful maps and terracotta ceramics to explore the relationships between the region's people and their water.
California: is there any other place in the world as synonymous with hedonistic glamour and effortless cool? But what often gets overlooked among the praises heaped on the Golden State is its rich design history. This show should put paid to that, looking at 50 years of innovation – from LSD in the countercultural '60s to the tech revolution of Silicone Valley.
An overview of the acclaimed American fashion designer, who shot to fame in the early '90s and has been captivating us all ever since. Over 100 items from Sui's archive will go on display, exploring her evolving designs, which touch upon punk, rock 'n' roll and surfer cool styles.
Is there any truer path into the minds and hearts of anyone than the pages of their diary? This show amasses diaries, journals and almanacs from 1,700BC through to the present day, and also looks to what the future holds in the era of blogs, vlogs and recording apps.
Cristóbal Balenciaga all but reinvented haute couture in the 1950s, and has earned a place among the giants of twentieth-century fashion. This exhibition, marking the hundredth anniversary of the opening of his San Sebastian fashion house, will chart the Spanish designer's rise through garments, hats, drawings, photographs and film.
Original concept art and models from Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City, original manuscripts by Jules Verne, new commissions and music, film and contemporary art come together in this huge summer exhibition capturing sci-fi as we know it. Objects from beloved films, including pieces from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, tell the story of how the genre went mainstream, and how the sci-fi imagination has changed for the 21st century.
It's one of the lesser-known British art schools, but Walthomstow School of Art still turned out some notable alumni, including painter Peter Blake, musician Ian Dury, fashion designer Celia Birtwell and visionary filmmaker Peter Greenaway. This exhibition will take an affectionate look at a particularly rich period in the (now closed) institution's history.
In their latest exhibition, the Wellcome is keen to remind us that nature isn't just a thing that David Attenborough goes on about on the telly: it's part of our immediate, day-to-day lives. And yes, that includes city folk. This show amasses a collection of objects donated by members of the public that, in some form or other, reflect our complex relationship with the natural world.
We all know about Captain Scott and his ill-fated expedition into the Antarctic. But who remembers John Franklin and the voyage into the North-West Passage of the Arctic? Both ships he took there went missing, and in the following years, dark stories of scurvy and cannibalism arrived in Britain. This exhibition delves into what really happened to Franklin and his crew in the freezing Arctic wastes.
An exhibition about industrially produced sheet wood might not exactly sound enthralling. But never underestimate the V&A's ability to take the most humdrum of subjects and bring it to life. This exhibition will cast a look at plywood's revolutionary use within furniture, aircraft and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.
Quick history lesson: Scythia was a region in antiquity that covered what is present-day Ukraine, southern Russia and Kazakhstan. It was home to a great nomadic civilisation that produced a great number of quite astounding artefacts, which have been amassed for this exhibition: rugs, furs, horse headgear and gold items. It promises to be a dazzling insight into two one of the lesser-known chapters of history.
This exhibition will take a sweeping look at the history of opera, from its roots in Renaissance Italy to its present-day form. Conceptually arranged around seven different operatic premieres as case studies, works like Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro', Handel's 'Rinaldo' and Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' will be explored in detail. One for fans and the unconverted alike.
Those who remember reading 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' when it was first published may well be aghast to discover that was a whopping 20 years ago – yes, the global phenomenon that is the Boy Who Lived is officially two decades old. The British Library are pulling out all the stops on this celebratory exhibition, modelling each room around a Hogwarts subject. Just don't fall asleep in the Divination room.
Check out our favourite museum shows
Get ready culture vultures: some of London's best museums are showcasing an abundance of cracking exhibitions on now and throughout the year's events calendar. Whatever the day, week or season, there's always an exciting show to delve into, on subjects as varied as history, fashion, art and the natural world.
Suburb SW11 Bar & Dining
This bar and restaurant on Falcon Road brings a bit of culinary nostalgia to Clapham Junction. Remember fondue? It's back with a bubbling, two-cheese bang here. But the real attraction here is the cocktails, which they've won a local award for. House sharers made with cider or beer (think Goldschlager with stout, mango, hazelnut and lemon juice) line up alongside a lengthy selection of classics (there are eight martini varieties to choose from, three Manhattans and five that are bubbly-based). The rest of the 12-page drinks menu is also worth a browse, with numerous options for whiskey, gin and tequila lovers, as well as the usual beer, wine and soft drinks. Food wise, past the old Alpine favourite of fondue, you can expect a spicy chicken burger, raclette cheese open-sandwiches and hot-stone-cooked steaks alongside nachos, charcuterie platters and baked camembert.
Venue says: “Super Suburb bank holiday weekend. Bottomless brunch. Happy hours. FA Cup final. DJ night until 2.30 am on Saturday.”