MU­SE­UMS

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Ar­se­nal Sta­dium Tours & Mu­seum

Foot­ball fans can en­joy a self-guided au­dio tour for a peek in­side the play­ers’ chang­ing rooms and tun­nel, or a Leg­ends Tour led by ex-Ar­se­nal play­ers. Both in­clude a visit to the mu­seum for an over­view of the club’s 125-year his­tory. Self-guided tours Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm; Leg­ends Tour from 11am (check for dates). Mu­seum open Mon-Sat 10.30am-6.30pm; Sun 10.30am-4.30pm; check for clo­sures. Self-guided adult £20; child £10. Leg­ends adult from £40; child from £20.75. Mu­seum only adult £10; child £7. www.ar­se­nal.com/tours. Emi­rates Sta­dium, Hornsey Rd, N5 1BU. T: 020-7619 5000. Off map. Sta­tion: Ar­se­nal.

Bank of Eng­land Mu­seum

Ex­plore the story of the Bank of Eng­land from its 1694 foun­da­tion to the present day, and find lots of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. The newly re­fur­bished Ban­knote Gallery fea­tures his­toric notes. Closed 2-13 Jan. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hol­i­days. Ad­mis­sion free. www.bankofeng­land. co.uk/mu­seum. Thread­nee­dle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. D10. Sta­tion: Bank.

Ben­jamin Franklin House

This charm­ing 18th-cen­tury town­house was the last home of Amer­i­can hero Franklin. Ar­chi­tec­tural tours Mon noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm; his­tor­i­cal shows Wed-Sun noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm. Tue ad­vance book­ing re­quired. Shows adult £ 7; un­der 16s free. Mon guided tours: adult £3.50; un­der 16s free. www.ben­jam­in­franklin house.org. 36 Craven St, WC2N 5NF. T: 020-7925 1405. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Bri­tish Mu­seum

Un­ri­valled col­lec­tion of an­tiq­ui­ties, plus the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. Huge num­ber of per­ma­nent dis­plays and trea­sures from the Ro­man Em­pire, An­cient Egypt and Me­dieval Europe.

To 29 Jan: Shadow Pup­pet Theatre from In­done­sia, Malaysia, and Thai­land. Beau­ti­ful free dis­play ex­plor­ing shadow theatre. To 26 Feb: South Africa: The Art of a Na­tion. Ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing some of the ear­li­est ex­am­ples of hu­man cre­ativ­ity plus cut­ting-edge con­tem­po­rary works. Sat-Thu 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.british­mu­seum.org. Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG. T: 020-7323 8299. D7/8. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road/Russell Square.

The Car­toon Mu­seum

Ded­i­cated to Bri­tish car­toons over the ages (p. 32).

From 25 Jan: Fu­ture Shock! 40 Years of 2000 A.D. Fea­tures orig­i­nal art­work by Brian Bol­lard, Car­los Ez­querra, Dave Gib­bons, Kevin O’Neill and more.

To 22 Jan: Pic­tures from Punch. See car­toons from across the his­tory of the mag­a­zine. Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm. Adult £ 7; child free. www.car­toon­mu­seum.org. 35 Lit­tle Russell St, WC1A 2HH. T: 020-7580 8155. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Charles Dick­ens Mu­seum

This for­mer home of Vic­to­rian nov­el­ist Charles Dick­ens is where he wrote many of his clas­sic nov­els, in­clud­ing Oliver Twist. Dick­en­sian walks on se­lected Wed & Sun 11.30am. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Adult £9; child £4. www.dick­ens­mu­seum.com. 48 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX. T: 020-7405 2127. C8. Sta­tion: Russell Square.

Chelsea FC Sta­dium Mu­seum & Tours. PASS PART­NER

In­ter­ac­tive tour of Chelsea FC. Tours daily, ev­ery 30 min­utes 10am-3pm; check for clo­sures and monthly ‘Leg­ends’ tours with past stars of the game (tick­ets £70). Mu­seum open daily 9.30am-5pm. Adult £22 (mu­seum only £11); child £15 (£9). www.chelseafc. com/tours. Stam­ford Bridge, SW6 1HS. T: 0871-984 1955. Off map. Sta­tion: Ful­ham Broad­way.

Churchill War Rooms

For­ti­fied base­ment where Win­ston Churchill worked dur­ing World War II. Ex­plore the un­der­ground bunker and dis­cover what life was like for the prime min­is­ter in the Cabi­net War Rooms dur­ing the war. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £17.25; child £8.60; un­der fives free. www.iwm.org.uk. Clive Steps, King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ. T: 0207930 6961. F7. Sta­tion: West­min­ster.

Clink Prison Mu­seum

This for­mer prison dat­ing back to 1144 houses an ex­hi­bi­tion about Lon­don’s pe­nal past and in­stru­ments of tor­ture. It’s said to be haunted by the ghosts of for­mer oc­cu­pants. Mon-Fri 10am- 6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Adult £ 7.50; child £5.50. www.clink.co.uk. 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG. T: 020-7403 0900. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

De­sign Mu­seum

Re­cently re­lo­cated to High Street Kens­ing­ton, this is one of the world’s lead­ing mu­se­ums of de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture, and an in­ter­na­tional show­case for the many de­sign skills that Bri­tain ex­cels in. To 23 Apr: Fear and Love: Re­ac­tions to a Com­plex World. The new mu­seum’s open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion con­sists of a se­ries of ma­jor new com­mis­sions by some of the most in­no­va­tive prac­ti­tion­ers in de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.de­sign­mu­seum.org. 224-238 Kens­ing­ton High St, W8 6AG. T: 020-3862 5900. Off map. Sta­tion: High Street Kens­ing­ton.

The Fan Mu­seum

Un­usual mu­seum ded­i­cated to the art of the fan with ex­am­ples from the 12th cen­tury up to the present day. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm (closed 1-24 Jan). Adult £4; child £3; un­der sevens free. www.the fan­mu­seum.org.uk. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 0208305 1441. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark.

Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum

Con­tem­po­rary fash­ion, tex­tiles and jewellery.

To 15 Jan: 1920s Jazz Age: Fash­ion & Pho­to­graphs. Glit­ter­ing dis­play of haute cou­ture and ready-to-wear fash­ion from 1919 to 1929.

From 28 Jan: Josef Frank: Pat­terns-Fur­ni­turePaint­ing. First ever UK ex­hi­bi­tion of the Aus­tri­an­born ar­chi­tect. Tue-Sat 11am- 6pm; Thur un­til 8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child free. www.ftm lon­don.org. 83 Ber­mond­sey St, SE1 3XF. T: 0207407 8664. F11. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Florence Nightin­gale Mu­seum

Mu­seum about the work of this pi­o­neer­ing 19th-cen­tury Bri­tish nurse and health re­former, widely known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. It also tells the story of Ja­maican-born nurse Mary Sea­cole. To 30 Apr: The Age of the Beard: Putting on a Brave Face in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain. Pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion and sea­son of spe­cial events ded­i­cated to the great Bri­tish beard. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.80. www.florence-nightin­gale.co.uk. 2 Lam­beth Palace Rd, SE1 7EW. T: 020-7620 0374. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo/ West­min­ster.

The Foundling Mu­seum

Bri­tain’s orig­i­nal home for aban­doned chil­dren, founded in 1739 by Thomas Co­ram, Wil­liam Hog­a­rth and Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del.

To 8 Jan: Feed­ing the 400. Ex­plore the lit­tle-ex­am­ined as­pect of life at the Foundling Hospi­tal: food. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £8.25; child free. www.foundling­mu­seum. org.uk. 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. T: 0207841 3600. C8. Sta­tion: Russell Square.

Gef­frye Mu­seum

His­toric 18th-cen­tury almshouses with rooms recre­at­ing English in­te­ri­ors from 1600 to the present day. 4, 7, 10, 18 & 24 Jan: Re­stored Almshouse Tours. Get a rare glimpse into the lives of Lon­don’s poor and el­derly in for­mer times (hourly 11am-3pm).

To 8 Jan: Christ­mas Past: 400 Years of Sea­sonal Tra­di­tions in English Homes. An­nual ex­hi­bi­tion sees the mu­seum’s pe­riod rooms trans­formed with au­then­tic dec­o­ra­tions, light­ing, mu­sic and green­ery. To Mar: Teenage Bed­rooms: ‘Like a House In­side of a House’. See in­side the homes of 26 Lon­don teenagers and ex­plore the mean­ing and sig­nif­i­cance of con­tem­po­rary teenage bed­rooms. Tue-Sun & bank hol­i­days 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.gef­frye­mu­seum.org.uk. 136 Kings­land Rd, E2 8EA. T: 020-7739 9893. Off map. Sta­tion: Hoxton.

The Guards Mu­seum

Learn about the his­tory, sto­ries and reg­i­men­tal her­itage of the five reg­i­ments of the Foot Guards: Gre­nadier, Cold­stream, Scots, Ir­ish and Welsh Guards, which to­day watch over the royal palaces. A great in­sight into the Chang­ing the Guard cer­e­mony. Daily 10am- 4pm. Adult £6; child free. www.the­guardsmu­seum.com. Welling­ton Bar­racks, Bird­cage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. D5. Sta­tion: St James’s Park/ West­min­ster.

Horn­i­man Mu­seum & Gar­dens

Col­lec­tion based upon that of the ad­ven­tur­ing Vic­to­rian tea trader Fred­er­ick John Horn­i­man.

To 8 Jan: Fauna Brazil. Pho­tos by João Mar­cos Rosa show­cas­ing the wildlife of Brazil.

To 15 Jan: Euro­pean Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. See more than 80 ex­cep­tional images show­cas­ing the beauty and diver­sity of Earth, in­clud­ing a new­born seal’s first glimpse of the world. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for aquarium and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.horn­i­man.ac.uk. 100 Lon­don Rd, SE23 3PQ. T: 020- 8699 1872. Off map. Sta­tion: For­est Hill.

House of Il­lus­tra­tion

The UK’s only public gallery ded­i­cated solely to il­lus­tra­tion was founded by Sir Quentin Blake.

To 15 Jan: Ardiz­zone: A Ret­ro­spec­tive. Works by Ed­ward Ardiz­zone, one of the most sig­nif­i­cant il­lus­tra­tors of the 20th cen­tury. To 26 Feb: The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. See Quentin Blake’s orig­i­nal draw­ings for Beatrix Pot­ter’s newly re­dis­cov­ered story. Adult £7.50; child £4. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. www.house­ofil­lus­tra­tion.org.uk. 2 Gra­nary Square, N1C 4BH. T: 020-3696 2020. Off map. Sta­tion: King’s Cross St Pan­cras.

House­hold Cav­alry Mu­seum

Ex­plore the work of the Queen’s mounted guard, with touch­screen guides and a work­ing sta­bles. Chang­ing the Queen’s Life Guard daily on Horse Guards Pa­rade at 11am; Sun 10am; plus in­spec­tion at 4pm. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £ 7; child £5. www.house­hold­cav­al­ry­mu­seum.co.uk. Horse Guards, White­hall, SW1A 2AX. T: 020-7930 3070. E7/8. Sta­tion: West­min­ster/Em­bank­ment.

Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum

Huge dis­plays of con­flicts, par­tic­u­larly those that in­volve Bri­tain and the Commonwealth.

To 8 Jan: Real to Reel: A Cen­tury of War Movies. Go be­hind the scenes of some of the most iconic war films ever made in­clud­ing The Dam Busters, Apoca­lypse Now, Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan and Casablanca, and dis­cover the per­sonal sto­ries and sur­viv­ing wartime artefacts as­so­ci­ated with the box-of­fice hits. To 12 Mar: Vi­sions of War Above and Be­low. Imag­i­na­tive re­sponses to con­flict, from sur­real de­pic­tions of air­craft as crea­tures, to ab­stract views of bomb­ing raids and de­tailed draw­ings of life in sub­marines. To 28 Aug: Edmund Clark: War of Ter­ror. Ex­plore the mea­sures taken by states to pro­tect their ci­ti­zens and how those meth­ods of con­trol af­fect the world. Daily 10am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for some spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.iwm.org.uk. Lam­beth Rd, SE1 6HZ. T: 020-7416 5000. E5. Sta­tion: Lam­beth North/ Water­loo.

Jewish Mu­seum

Doc­u­ment­ing Jewish his­tory and cul­ture in the UK from 1066 to to­day, in­clud­ing a life­like rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Jewish East End im­mi­grant quar­ter. The Holo­caust Gallery pro­vides a har­row­ing col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs and ac­counts. To 12 Feb: Scots Jews: Iden­tity, Be­long­ing and the Fu­ture. Ex­plore Scot­land’s di­verse Jewish com­mu­nity through the lens of pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­dah Pas­sow. To 26 Feb: Shap­ing Ce­ram­ics: From Lu­cie Rie to Edmund de Waal. Dis­cover how Jewish ex­pat ce­ram­i­cists trans­formed the face of Bri­tish studio ce­ram­ics. Sat-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm. Adult £ 7.50; child £3.50. www.jew­ish­mu­seum.org.uk. Ray­mond Bur­ton House, 129-131 Al­bert St, NW1 7NB. T: 0207284 7384. Off map. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Leighton House

The re­stored for­mer home of Fred­eric, Lord Leighton is a mu­seum of his life and work (p. 32). Per­ma­nent col­lec­tions in­clude fine paint­ings, draw­ings and sculp­tures. Don’t miss the two-storey Arab Hall built as a show­case for Leighton’s col­lec­tion of more than 1,000 tiles from the Middle East. To 2 Apr: Flam­ing June: The Mak­ing of an Icon. Leighton’s masterpiece re­turns to the ‘House Beau­ti­ful’ where it was painted and is re­united with the other four paint­ings from the artist’s last sub­mis­sion to the Royal Academy in 1895. Wed-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. www.rbkc.gov.uk. 12 Hol­land Park, W14 8LZ. T: 0207602 3316. Off map. Sta­tion: Kens­ing­ton Olympia.

Lon­don Film Mu­seum

Bond in Mo­tion is the of­fi­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of James Bond ve­hi­cles that fea­ture in the renowned film se­ries. It is the largest dis­play of its kind ever staged in Lon­don. It also fea­tures the Cars of Spec­tre, the first UK ex­hi­bi­tion of items from the lat­est film re­lease. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am- 6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. Adult £14.50; child £9.50. www.lon­don film­mu­seum.com. 45 Welling­ton St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum

Ex­plore Lon­don’s trans­port sys­tem. High­lights in­clude iconic red buses, the world’s first Un­der­ground steam train and a padded cell – a train car­riage dat­ing back to the 1890s. Per­ma­nent gallery Lon­don by De­sign re­veals how Lon­don has be­come a world leader in trans­port de­sign. On­go­ing ex­hibit De­sig­nol­ogy ex­plores how de­sign is en­coun­tered in our ev­ery­day jour­neys and how this has evolved over the past cen­tury. To 18 Feb: Weav­ing Futures. Ex­am­ine the role of tex­tiles in mod­ern trans­port now and in the fu­ture. MonThur & Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm; Fri 11am- 6pm. Adult £17; child free. www.lt­mu­seum.co.uk. Covent Gar­den Piazza, WC2E 7BB. T: 020-7379 6344. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Mu­seum of Brands, Pack­ag­ing & Ad­ver­tis­ing

Fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into how ev­ery­day lives have changed over the past 200 years through the evo­lu­tion of con­sumer brands. Ex­hibits in­clude toys, mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers, tech­nol­ogy, travel, fash­ion and de­sign. The re­vamped Time Tun­nel trans­ports visi­tors through the dra­matic rise of brand­ing (p. 32).

To 29 Jan: The Graph­ics of Punk. A wide va­ri­ety of graphic art that em­anated from an era of anti-estab­lish­ment sen­ti­ment. Tue-Sat 10am- 6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9; child £5. www.mu­se­u­mof­brands.com. 111-117 Lan­caster Rd, W11 1QT. T: 020-7243 9611. Off map. Sta­tion: Lad­broke Grove.

Mu­seum of Lon­don

The world’s largest urban his­tory mu­seum, cov­er­ing Lon­don’s his­tory from pre-Ro­man times to to­day.

To 15 Jan: Punks. Hear the ex­pe­ri­ences and see per­sonal items from the men and women who ex­pe­ri­enced punk in the 1970s. To 17 Apr: Fire! Fire! Dis­cover Lon­don be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Great Fire of 1666 in an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion mark­ing the 350th an­niver­sary of the disas­ter. Daily 10am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk. 150 Lon­don Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. D10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Mu­seum of Lon­don Docklands

The in­trigu­ing his­tory of the me­an­der­ing River Thames, from its time as a Ro­man thor­ough­fare to the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Docklands. Dis­plays in­clud­ing Lon­don, Sugar & Slav­ery, chart­ing the transat­lantic slave trade and its links to the city. The Many East Ends gallery ex­plores the cul­ture of the area through the eyes of its in­hab­i­tants.

To 9 Jan: Ex­plore the Mud­larks Gallery. Free in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing space for younger visi­tors. Daily 10am-6pm. Ad­mis­sion free, charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk/ docklands. No. 1 Warehouse, West In­dia Quay, Ca­nary Wharf, E14 4AL. T: 020-7001 9844. Off map. Sta­tion: Ca­nary Wharf/ West In­dia Quay.

Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum

Spread over sev­eral sites, which were orig­i­nally part of a 19th-cen­tury school for sea­far­ers’ chil­dren. In­cludes the Mar­itime Gal­leries, which house Cap­tain Cook’s ship En­deav­our and Ad­mi­ral Ho­ra­tio Nel­son’s Trafal­gar uni­form. To 17 Apr: Emma Hamil­ton: Se­duc­tion and Celebrity. Dis­cover why the woman who cap­tured the heart of Nel­son was so ex­tra­or­di­nary. Mon-Sun 10am5pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for events and ex­hi­bi­tions. www.rmg.co.uk. Rom­ney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Green­wich/Cutty Sark.

Natural His­tory Mu­seum

Ex­hibits about na­ture’s many won­ders.

To 8 Jan: Ice Rink. Book ahead for a day or night ses­sion on one of the cap­i­tal’s best an­nual ice rinks (open­ing times vary but usu­ally 11am-9pm). To 10 Sep: Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. An­nual ex­hi­bi­tion il­lus­trat­ing the abun­dance and vul­ner­a­bil­ity of life on our planet. Daily 10am-5.50pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.nhm.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Queen’s House

This 17th-cen­tury house – once home to Charles I’s queen, Hen­ri­etta Maria – now dis­plays a stun­ning fine art col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing works by Great Masters such as Gains­bor­ough, Hog­a­rth and van de Velde. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank hol­i­days. Ad­mis­sion free. www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house. Queen’s House, Rom­ney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Sta­tion: Cutty Sark.

Sci­ence Mu­seum

En­joy chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, an IMAX 3D cin­ema and more. At the per­ma­nent gallery, In­for­ma­tion Age, you can see rare ex­hibits in­clud­ing the BBC’s first ra­dio trans­mit­ter 2LO. Math­e­mat­ics: The Win­ton Gallery is a new gallery de­voted to the colour­ful world of maths. Daily 10am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.sci­ence mu­seum.org.uk. Ex­hi­bi­tion Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870870 4868. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Sir John Soane’s Mu­seum

The ar­chi­tect Soane’s for­mer home, a Re­gency town­house left to the na­tion in 1837 as a public mu­seum, now houses a gem of a col­lec­tion in­clud­ing Hog­a­rth paint­ings, his own ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings and an­tiq­ui­ties from around the world.

To 28 Jan: Be­low Stairs. Four lead­ing con­tem­po­rary de­sign­ers dis­play works in­side the newly-re­stored Re­gency kitchens. To 11 Mar: Robert Adam’s Lon­don. Dis­cover a vi­sion for Lon­don by one of Bri­tain’s great­est ar­chi­tects. Mu­seum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Closed bank hol­i­days. Ad­mis­sion free. www.soane.org. 13 Lin­coln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Som­er­set House

This Thame­side neo-clas­si­cal 18th-cen­tury build­ing houses the fa­mous Cour­tauld Gallery.

To 15 Jan: Mal­ick Sidibé: The Eye of Mod­ern Mali. Ex­hi­bi­tion of the Malian pho­tog­ra­pher.

To 15 Jan: Skate at Som­er­set House. By day, skate in the splen­dour of the court­yard, or go af­ter dark and lis­ten to DJs while you glide over the ice. To 12 Mar: Hair by Sam McKnight. Ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the mas­ter hairstylist’s re­mark­able 40 year ca­reer, from the late 1970s to the present day. Gal­leries daily 10am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.som­er­set­house.org.uk. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Sta­tion: Temple.

Twin­ings Mu­seum

The home of Twin­ings the tea­mak­ers since 1706, where visi­tors can get a taste of this 300-year his­tory at the com­pany’s in-store mu­seum. See vin­tage teapots and cad­dies along­side nos­tal­gic pho­to­graphs of the Twin­ing fam­ily, plus en­joy tea-tast­ing ses­sions. Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am- 4.30pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.twin­ings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 0207353 3511. D9. Sta­tion: Temple.

V& A Mu­seum of Child­hood

Na­tional child­hood ob­jects over the ages.

To 8 Jan: Tales. Twelve images by pho­tog­ra­pher Sonya Hur­tado ex­plore the imag­i­nary world of child­hood. To 23 Apr: Game Plan: Board Games Re­dis­cov­ered. Some of the world’s best known and most loved board games. The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude fam­ily favourites such as Cluedo and Triv­ial Pur­suit, and tra­di­tional games like chess. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.mu­se­u­mofchild­hood.org.uk. Cam­bridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA. T: 0208983 5200. Off map. Sta­tion: Beth­nal Green.

Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum

Com­monly called the V& A, this mu­seum houses a great col­lec­tion of fine and ap­plied arts. To 5 Feb: Opus Angli­canum: Mas­ter­pieces of English Me­dieval Em­broi­dery. See artis­tic em­broi­dery that Eng­land was famed for in the 12th to 15th cen­turies. To 26 Feb: You Say You Want a Revo­lu­tion? Records & Rebels 1966-1970. Ex­plore the sig­nif­i­cance and im­pact of the late 1960s, ex­pressed through mu­sic, fash­ion, film, de­sign and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism. To 12 Mar: Un­dressed: A Brief His­tory of Un­der­wear. Gar­ments and ac­ces­sories for men and women to­gether with pho­to­graphs and film, ad­ver­tise­ments and pack­ag­ing re­veal the chang­ing con­cepts of the ideal body. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.vam.ac.uk. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. T: 020-7942 2000. F4/5. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

The Wal­lace Col­lec­tion

The for­mer Wal­lace fam­ily home dis­plays its col­lec­tion of Ro­coco art. The Great Gallery houses some of the great­est mas­ter­pieces of paint­ing, in­clud­ing works by Velázquez and Rubens. To 26 Mar: The Ap­pli­ance of Sci­ence: Analysing Arms and Ar­mour by Neu­tron Dif­frac­tion. Dis­play high­light­ing the rich­ness of In­dian and Is­lamic ma­te­rial cul­ture and tech­nol­ogy. Daily 10am-5pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.wal­lace col­lec­tion.org. Hert­ford House, Manch­ester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Well­come Col­lec­tion

Well­come Trust’s public venue houses more than 1,500 fas­ci­nat­ing artefacts re­lat­ing to health and the body, in­clud­ing per­ma­nent ex­hibits Medicine Now and Medicine Man, the per­sonal col­lec­tion of Sir Henry Well­come. Reg­u­lar talks and tours (p. 32).

To 15 Jan: Bed­lam: The Asylum and Be­yond. Un­cover di­verse and of­ten con­tra­dic­tory ideas sur­round­ing men­tal ill­ness. To 21 May: Mak­ing Na­ture: How We See An­i­mals. Ex­am­ine the his­tor­i­cal ori­gins of our ideas about other an­i­mals. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am- 6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am- 6pm. Ad­mis­sion free. www.well­come col­lec­tion.org. 183 Eus­ton Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. C7. Sta­tion: Eus­ton.

Wim­ble­don Lawn Ten­nis Mu­seum & Tours

The orig­i­nal tro­phies, art, fash­ions and do­na­tions from the cur­rent cham­pi­ons are on dis­play. Au­dio-guides in 10 lan­guages make this en­joy­able for all. Look out for the ghost of John McEn­roe and the new vir­tual-reality ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing you to Cen­tre Court. To 20 Mar: Rein­vent­ing the Racket. On­go­ing fun-packed ex­hi­bi­tion of the mu­seum’s most iconic and un­usual rack­ets, fea­tur­ing the old, the new and the en­tirely unique. Daily 10am-5pm. Mu­seum adult £13; child £8. Mu­seum & Tour adult £24; child £15. Fam­ily of­fer: one free child for ev­ery full-price adult. www.wim­ble­don.com/mu­seum. All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020- 8946 6131. Off map. Sta­tion: South­fields then bus 493 or a 12-minute walk.

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