Watch this space
What would happen to your body on a mission to Mars? How do aeroplanes stay in the air? These questions and more are explored in AboveandBeyond at the National Maritime Museum (from 27 May; p. 40). Created in collaboration with NASA, this ground-breaking display is packed with immersive simulations and design challenges to inspire wannabe engineers, pilots and astronauts of all ages. Learn how to fly like a bird, take an ‘elevator’ to the cosmos and imagine a future where popping into a spacecraft is as normal as getting into a car. There’s a world of opportunities in this dazzling exhibition – maybe several worlds depending on how vivid your imagination is.
Household Cavalry Museum
Explore the work of the Queen’s mounted guard. Changing of 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
Displays of conflicts, particularly those that have involved Britain and the Commonwealth. 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.
Jewish history in the UK from 1066 to today. Sun-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.
London Film Museum
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles. 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.londonfilmmuseum.com. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
London Transport Museum
Museum exploring the city’s transport network.
From 20 May: Designology. Explores design found on everyday journeys (p. 42). Mon-Thur & SatSun 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 London
The world’s largest urban history museum, which covers the history of London from pre-Roman times to today. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.museumof london.org.uk. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. T: 020-7001 9844. D10. Station: Barbican.
Museum of London Docklands
The history of the Thames. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ docklands. No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, 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.
From 27 May: Above and Beyond. Look into the future (p. 38). Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. 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
Exhibitions, an IMAX 3D cinema and more. To 4 Sep: Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius. Forty models of his inventions. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD. T: 0870-870 4868. F4. Station: South Kensington.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
The architect Sir John Soane’s former home includes a collection of Hogarth paintings. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; closed bank holidays. Admission free. www.soane.org. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. Station: Holborn.
This Thameside neo-classical 18th-century building houses the famous Courtauld Gallery, Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants. 19-22 May: Photo London 2016. International photography fair (p. 6). Galleries daily 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.somersethouse.org.uk. Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Temple.
The home of Twinings since 1706. See vintage teapots alongside nostalgic photographs of the Twining family. 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: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Fine and applied arts in what is commonly called the V&A. To 3 Jul: Botticelli Reimagined. The largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930. To 31 Aug: Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Explores the West End and Broadway. To 12 Mar 2017: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. Underwear through the ages. 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 home displays Rococo art. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. www.wallace collection.org. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Housing more than 1,500 artefacts relating to health. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am- 6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am- 6pm. Admission free. www.wellcomecollection.org. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE. T: 020-7611 2222. C7. Station: Euston.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tours
Collection of tennis kit, trophies and artefacts. Reinventing the Racket is an ongoing exhibition of the museum’s most iconic and unusual rackets. Daily 10am-5pm. Museum £13, child £8; museum and tour £24, child £15. www.wimbledon.com/ museum. All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Rd, SW19 5AE. T: 020- 8946 6131. Off map. Station:
Southfields/ Tooting Bdway, then bus 493. At Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, you can see a book on the game of tennis that dates from 1555
Barbican Art Gallery
Multi-arts venue. To 10 Jul: Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are So Deep. The award-winning Pakistani artist presents miniature paintings. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm; bank holidays noon-11pm. www.barbican.org.uk. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. D10. Station: Barbican.
The Courtauld Gallery
European art collection, plus temporary exhibitions, housed in Somerset House. To 8 May: Bruegel in Black and White: Three Grisailles Reunited. The only three surviving Grisaille paintings. To 15 May: Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection. A rare opportunity to enjoy a rich selection of Sandro Botticelli’s exquisite drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £9.50; child free. www.courtauld.ac.uk. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN. T: 020-7848 2526. E8. Station: Embankment.