Arsenal Stadium Tours & Museum
Football fans can enjoy a self-guided audio tour for a peek inside the players’ changing rooms and tunnel and the Physio Room, 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 match-related 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 (p. 36). The newly refurbished Banknote Gallery features historic notes. To 30 Jun: Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England. Fascinating record of the Bank, its buildings and staff since the Victorian era.
From 2 May: 20th Anniversary of the Bank’s Independence. New display from the bank’s archives celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Government giving the Bank of England independence to make decisions on interest rates. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; closed bank hol. Admission free. www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum. Threadneedle St, EC2R 8AH. T: 020-7601 5545. D10. Station: Bank.
Benjamin Franklin House
Charming 18th century townhouse, the last remaining home of American hero Franklin. This powerful overview of the diplomat, inventor, Founding Father and musician uses technology and costumed actors. 18-19 May: Museums At Night Candlelit Architectural Tours. Enjoy the features in evening light (p. 36). 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 £8; under 16s free. Mon guided tours adult £6; under 16s free. www.benjaminfranklinhouse.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, Medieval Europe, Ancient Iran and India. Regular talks and evening events.
To 7 May: Defacing the Past: Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome. Discover Roman history from a different perspective. To 18 Jun: The American Dream: Pop to the Present. Timely major art exhibition tracing 60 years of a superpower. Includes Andy Warhol prints. To 27 Aug: Places of the Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850-1950.
From 25 May: Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave. Works from the final 30 years of Hokusai’s career (p. 38). Sat-Thur 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, caricature and comic art from the 18th century to today.
To 24 Jul: The Inking Woman. An exhibition of British female cartoon and comic artists. 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
Former home of Victorian novelist Dickens, where he wrote classics including Oliver Twist. Decorated in early Victorian style as it might have been when he lived here, it displays his personal possessions.
From 11 May: A Dickens Whodunnit: Solving the Mystery of Edwin Drood. Exhibition on the legacy of Dickens’ final, unfinished novel. Dickensian Walks on selected Weds & Suns 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
Interactive tour of Chelsea FC. Tours daily, every 30 minutes 10am-3pm; check for closures and monthly ex-players tours with past stars of the game (from £70). Museum open daily 9.30am5pm. 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 Sir 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: 020-7930 6961. F7. Station: Westminster.
Clink Prison Museum
A former prison dating back to 1144, it 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.
Recently relocated to High Street Kensington, this is one of the world’s leading museums of contemporary design and architecture, and an international showcase for the many design skills that Britain excels in. Designer Maker User is a free permanent display of the museum’s world-famous collection. To 4 Jun: Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution. Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition marks one hundred years since the revolution and explores Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects in the 1920s and 1930s.
From 24 May: California. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture (p. 40). Daily 10am-6pm. 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 onwards. Collections are from across the globe.
To 21 May: Biblical Fans. See more than 80 fans which touch upon significant Bible stories. Tue-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £4; child £3; under sevens free. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER. T: 020- 8305 1441. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
Fashion and Textile Museum
Contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery.
To 7 May: Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design. See colourful displays celebrating more than 40 years of unique expression by the Swedish designer and textile artist.
From 26 May: The World of Anna Sui. Exhibition looking at the classic American designer and her rock-and-roll style. Tue-Sat 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am- 8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £9.90; child free. www.ftmlondon.org. 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF. T: 020-7407 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. See paintings honouring the inspirational work of nurses who worked in war-ravaged France. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50; child £3.80. www.florencenightingale.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 was founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel.
To 7 May: So That They May Be Useful to Themselves. A display in the Introductory Gallery exploring the Foundling Hospital’s work with disabled children in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Adult £8.25; child free. www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk. 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. T: 020-7841 3600. C8. Station: Russell Square.
The Geffrye Museum
Historic 18th-century almshouses with rooms recreating English interiors from 1600 to the present day (p. 36). 3 & 17 May: Restored Almshouse Tours. Get a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in former times (hourly 11am-3pm). To 4 Jun: Teenage Bedrooms: ‘Like a House Inside of a House’. See inside the rooms of 26 London teenagers. Tue-Sun & bank hol 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 – the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards – which today watch over the Royal Palaces. Daily 10am- 4pm. Adult £6; child free. www.the guardsmuseum.com. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ. T: 020-7414 3271. D5. Station: St James’s Park/ Westminster.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Collection based upon that of the adventurous Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman (p. 36).
To 1 May: Memorial. A Tribute to Taxidermy. Ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long challenges ideas and perceptions with pieces inspired by the Horniman collection. To 29 Oct: The Robot Zoo. Amazing animals are recreated in robot form to reveal their inner workings. 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, founded by Sir Quentin Blake.
To 14 May: Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies. Powerful works that capture the uncompromising vibrancy of late 20th-century subcultures in London, Berlin and New York.
From 5 May: Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds. Showing Blake’s expressive drawing for the original book. 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
A living museum that goes behind the scenes of ceremonial duties and roles of the Household Cavalry Regiments. Troopers with their horses work in the original 18th-century stables, with stunning rare treasures on display. 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, plus the powerful Holocaust Exhibition. To 28 Aug: People Power: Fighting for Peace. Explore how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict. 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. To 26 Nov: Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand. Exhibition examining the British arrival in Helmand province in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated. 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.
Documenting Jewish history and culture in the UK from 1066 to today, including a life-like representation of the Jewish East End immigrant quarter. The Holocaust Gallery provides a harrowing collection of photographs and accounts. To 24 Sep: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait. Discover the woman behind the music in this intimate and moving exhibition, which was co-curated with Winehouse’s brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva to celebrate a much-loved singer. The exhibition is accompanied by an Amy-themed street art trail, which gives you a new way to explore the area Amy called home (p. 42). 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: 020-7284 7384. Off map. Station: Camden Town.
Leighton House Museum
The restored former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton is a museum of his life and work. 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. Wed-Mon 10am-5.30pm. Adult £12; child free. www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx. 12 Holland Park, W14 8LZ. T: 020-7602 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 film. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am- 6pm; Sat 10am-7pm (closed 4 May). Adult £14.50; child £9.50. 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN. T: 020-7202 7042. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
London Transport Museum
Explore London’s transport system. Highlights include red buses, the world’s first Underground steam train and the 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. Find out how design is encountered in our everyday journeys and how this has evolved over the past century.
From 19 May: Sounds of the City. The best 100 entries from the Prize for Illustration 2017, looking at the sounds in quiet spaces in the UK’s cities (p. 6). Mon-Thur & Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm; Fri 11am- 6pm. Adult £17.50; child free. www.lt museum.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 (p. 36). Exhibits include toys, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, fashion and design. New revamped Time Tunnel transports visitors through wars and coronations, the coming of cinema, radio and TV and the dramatic rise of branding. To 25 Jun: Celebrating Women in Advertising. Talks, events and a specially commissioned film about gender roles. 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 the present day. Check for family events and tours.
To 8 May: Perspectives of Destruction: Images of London, 1940-1944. See paintings and photographs of the city produced by artists during the 1940 London Blitz. 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 history of the transatlantic slave trade and its links to the city. The Many East Ends gallery explores the culture and history of the area through the eyes of its inhabitants. To 4 Jun: The Royal African. Telling the story of the slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. To 3 Sep: Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail. The range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. 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
The world’s largest maritime museum, which is spread over several sites, was originally part of a 19th-century school for seafarers’ children. Includes a vast collection of maps, artwork and memorabilia including the Maritime Galleries, plus The Great Map, a huge interactive world map revealing stories from maritime history. The £35m Sammy Ofer Wing holds special exhibitions. Daily 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
Astounding family-friendly collections, with exhibits ranging from the Images of Nature gallery to dinosaur skeletons and fossils. To 10 Sep: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Annual exhibition illustrating the abundance and vulnerability of life on our planet. To 17 Sep: Sensational Butterflies. Escape into the tropical butterfly house in the museum grounds and get up close to these incredible creatures. 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.
This delightful 17th-century house, which was once home to Charles I’s queen Henrietta Maria, was designed by Inigo Jones. It now displays a stunning fine art collection, including works by Gainsborough and Hogarth. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank hol. Admission free. www.rmg.co.uk/ queens-house. Queen’s House, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF. T: 020- 8858 4422. Off map. Station: Cutty Sark.
Royal Air Force Museum
National aviation museum focusing on the Royal Air Force, with more than 100 historic aircraft on show. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.raf museum.org.uk. Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020- 8205 2266. Off map. Station: Colindale.
A huge museum dedicated to science, technology and medical achievements, great for kids, plus an IMAX 3D cinema. Permanent galleries include Information Age, with rare exhibits including the BBC’s first radio transmitter 2LO, plus Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care – a display marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond World War I. To 25 Jun: Voyages. Internationally acclaimed photographers Anderson & Low turn their camera on the museum’s much-loved collection of maritime models. To 3 Sep: Robots. Explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. 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.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Museum dedicated to the famous fictional detective and kept exactly as described in author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s thrilling stories. Daily 9.30am- 6pm. Adult £15; child £10. www.sherlockholmes.co.uk. 221b Baker St, NW1 6XE. T: 0207224 3688. A3. Station: Baker Street.
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 (p. 36). To 23 Sep: Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life. New ethereal sculptures by the contemporary artist. Museum tours daily; times vary. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Closed bank hol. Candlelit opening first Tue every month, 6pm-9pm. Admission free. www.soane.org. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP. T: 020-7405 2107. D8. Station: Holborn.
This Thameside neo-classical 18th-century building houses the famous Courtauld Gallery, Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants.
To 7 May: Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition. Rich and fascinating photographic stories around the world, including rarely seen works by Parr.
From 18 May: Mat Collishaw: Thresholds. A virtual-reality artwork recreating an 1839 photography exhibition. 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 the tea-maker since 1706, where visitors can get a taste of its 300-year-old history at the company’s tiny in-store museum, with tea-tasting sessions. See vintage teapots and caddies, plus old photos 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.
V& A Museum of Childhood
National collection of childhood objects dating back to the 16th century. To 21 Jan: Searching for Ghosts. A glimpse into the experiences of several generations of east Londoners. To 4 Jun: ABC Photography. The alphabet is reinvented in this display by photographers exploring new notions of the age-old teaching tool for children: the alphabet book. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA. T: 020- 8983 5200. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V& A’s collection of fine and applied arts spans 3,000 years and includes ceramics, fashion, paintings, photographs and illustrations from around the world.
From 13 May: Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. This must-see exhibition is a spectacular audio-visual journey through the music of the prog rock band’s music, design and staging, from the 1960s to the present day (p. 10).
From 27 May: Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Exhibition about the revered designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and his unique vision of female beauty plus use of textiles. 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.
Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
A former shop turned tiny museum and bar-café, displaying weird and wonderful things downstairs. Expect to see paintings, taxidermy and erotica. Wed-Sun noon-10.30pm. Admission £5. www.the lasttuesdaysociety.org. 1 Mare St, E8 4RP. T: 020-7998 3617. Off map. Station: Bethnal Green.
The Wallace Collection
A beautiful collection of Rococo art. Paintings include Frank Hals’ Laughing Cavalier. Daily 10am5pm. Admission free. www.wallacecollection.org. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. T: 020-7563 9500. D6. Station: Bond Street.
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.
To 21 May: Making Nature: How We See Animals. Examine the historical origins of our ideas about other animals. To 25 Jun: Electricity: The Spark of Life. The natural power of electricity as a potent symbol of the modern world. TueWed & 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
At the famous venue of the sporting championships, visit the museum showcasing original trophies, art and tennis kits from the current and past champions. Interactive displays and 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 the heart of the action on Centre Court. Behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds reveal many of the secrets of the tournament. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Museum adult £13; child £8. Museum and tour adult £24; child £15. One free child to 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.
GALLERIES Barbican Art Gallery
Multi-arts venue with two exhibition spaces: the Barbican Art Gallery and The Curve. To 25 Jun: The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Exhibition focusing on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of World War II to now, featuring the designs of more than 40 architects. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Sat-Wed 10am- 6pm; Thur-Fri 10am-9pm. www.barbican.org.uk. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 4141. D10. Station: Barbican.
Ben Uri Gallery
The London Jewish Museum of Art houses more than 1,000 works. To 18 Jun: Refugees: The Lives of Others. Two exhibitions of works by 20th-century German refugee artists. Includes interviews with German UK citizens, including those who had to flee Germany prior to World War II. Mon 1pm-5.30pm; Tue-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm. Admission free. www.benuri.org.uk. 108a Boundary Rd, off Abbey Rd, NW8 0RH. T: 020-7604 3991. Off map. Station: Kilburn High Road.
The Courtauld Gallery
Important European art collection, plus temporary exhibitions, housed in Somerset House.
To 29 May: Reading Drawings. Intriguing variety of inscriptions that can be found on drawings, from artists’ signatures to casual notes and records of ownership. To 24 Sep: Bloomsbury Art & Design. A wide-ranging selection of early 20th-century creative pieces by the famous Bloomsbury Group. Daily 10am- 6pm. Adult £ 7; child free. www.courtauld.ac.uk. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN. T: 020-7848 2526. E8. Station: Embankment.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
England’s first public art gallery, founded in 1811, holds one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the UK. The building was designed by the renowned 19th-century architect Sir John Soane. To 4 Jun: Vanessa Bell (1879-1961). See more than 100 paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photographs arranged thematically to explore the artist’s pioneering work. To 21 Jan: The Private Made Public: The First Visions. Learn more about a typical visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery in the 19th century. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; closed bank hol. Adult £ 7; child free; charges for special exhibitions. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk. Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD. T: 020- 8693 5354. Off map. Station: West Dulwich/North Dulwich.
Charming bijou gallery in a Grade II-listed Georgian building, specialising in modern Italian art. To 25 Jun: Giacomo Balla: Designing the Future. Career-spanning retrospective of one of Italian Futurism’s most important artists, with paintings and applied arts from 1895 to 1958. Wed-Sat 11am- 6pm; Sun noon-5pm. Adult £6.50; child free. www.estorickcollection.com. 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN. T: 020-7704 9522. Off map. Station: Highbury & Islington.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Paintings collected by the City of London since the 17th century, including historic events and royalty. It also houses the Roman Amphitheatre, which was only discovered in 1988 (free entry with gallery ticket). The new Heritage Gallery displays William Shakespeare’s First Folio. To 16 Jul: Echoes Across the Century. Explore the personal stories of those who fought in World War I and of those left behind. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon- 4pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Guildhall Yard, off Gresham St, EC2V 5AE. T: 020-7332 3700. D10. Station: St Paul’s/Bank.
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)
Cutting-edge gallery with changing exhibitions of art and installations, plus a café/bar, bookshop and arthouse cinema. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Adult £1; child free. www.ica.org.uk. The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. T: 020-7930 3647. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross.
The National Gallery
One of the world’s great galleries, with works by masters from Monet to da Vinci. Regular guided tours, talks and workshops; music from students of Royal College of Music Fridays 6pm-7pm.
To 21 May: Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene. Witness Cagnacci’s masterpiece, on view in the UK for the first time in more than 30 years. To 28 Aug: Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic. Turner Prize-winner unveils a new tapestry, handwoven by Dovecot Tapestry Studio. To 25 Jun: The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano. Discover the extraordinary artistic relationship between two great Renaissance masters. Sat-Thur 10am- 6pm; Fri 10am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.national gallery.org.uk. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. T: 020-7747 2885. E7. Station: Charing Cross.
National Portrait Gallery
One of the nation’s most prominent galleries provides a panorama of the British people in paintings, drawings and photographs.
To 29 May: Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask. See works by both the French Surrealist and the British artists. To 18 Jun: Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends. Exhibition of portraits by one of Britain’s leading artists. Sat-Wed 10am- 6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm (regular Late Shift special events). Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.npg.org.uk. St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE. T: 020-7312 2463. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Newport Street Gallery
Damien Hirst’s huge gallery exhibits work from his extensive art collection. To 20 Aug: Ashley Bickerton. Varied mixed-media works by the contemporary artist. Tue-Sun 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.newportstreetgallery.com. Newport St, SE11 6AJ. T: 020-3141 9320. G8. Station: Vauxhall/Lambeth North.
The Photographers’ Gallery
London’s largest gallery devoted to photography. To 11 Jun: Deutsche Börse. Images from the famous international photography competition, now in its 21st year. To 11 Jun: Roger Mayne. Pioneering photographs of 1950s and 1960s community life in Southam Street in North Kensington. Mon-Sat 10am- 6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun 11.30am- 6pm. Admission free before noon; then £4. www.the photographersgallery.org.uk. 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW. T: 020-7087 9300. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
The Queen’s Gallery
More than 500 years of treasures from the Royal Collection displayed at Buckingham Palace, including paintings, furniture and ceramics.
From 19 May: Canaletto & the Art of Venice. A wonderful selection of art depicting 18th-century Venice, with Canaletto’s greatest works plus those of his contemporaries (p. 37). Daily 10am-5.30pm. Adult £10.30; child £5.30. www.royalcollection. org.uk. Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7301. F7. Station: Green Park/Hyde Park Corner.
Cutting-edge art gallery and cultural space, dedicated to ethnically diverse visual arts from the organisations Iniva and Autograph ABP. Tue-Fri 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am-9pm; Sat noon6pm. Admission free. www.rivingtonplace.org. Rivington St, EC2A 3BA. T: 020-7749 1240. C11. Station: Old Street.
Royal Academy of Arts
Eighteenth-century apartments with RA Collection works in all media, including architecture. To 4 Jun: America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. Forty-five iconic works that paint an electrifying portrait of a transformative period. 4-7 May: London Original Print Fair. Prints from old and modern masters, all for sale. Daily 10am- 6pm; Fri 10am-10pm; check for regular special events and free lunchtime concerts. Admission free, charges for special exhibitions. www.royalacademy.org.uk. 6 Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD. T: 020-7300 8000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus/ Green Park.
Groundbreaking contemporary art in a renovated Georgian building, covering a mammoth 70,000 square feet. To 14 May: Salon 001: Tsuyoshi Maekawa. Avant-garde works for this inaugural presentation at the gallery’s new project space. To 30 May: From Selfie to Self-Expression. Interesting exhibition exploring the history of the selfie, from Old Masters up until today. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY. T: 020-7811 3070. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
A respected arts space in Kensington Gardens displaying modern and contemporary work.
To 21 May: A World View: John Latham. Broad range of works by the pioneering British conceptual artist, including sculpture, installation, painting and film. Tue-Sun 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegalleries.org. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Previously The Magazine Building, this arts space was designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.
To 21 May: Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner. Contemporary artists whose practices expand the late John Latham’s ideas, as seen in the Serpentine Gallery. Tue-Sun 10am- 6pm. Admission free. www.serpentinegallery.org. West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, W2 2AR. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Station: South Kensington.
The nation’s leading collection of British art from 1500 to today, including the world’s largest collection of works by Turner. To 1 Oct: Queer British Art 1861-1967. Marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, with works from 1861 to 1967.
To 29 May: David Hockney. One of the most popular and influential British artists of the 20th-century returns to Tate Britain for his most comprehensive exhibition yet. Daily 10am- 6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Millbank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8888. G8. Station: Pimlico.
International modern art in the transformed Bankside Power Station on the River Thames, plus regular performances and installations at The Tanks.
To 21 May: The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection. A rare chance to see this private collection of photography. To 11 Jun: Wolfgang Tillmans. Innovative images, from still-life to digital slide projections, by the artist. Sun-Thur 10am- 6pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.tate.org.uk. Bankside, SE1 9TG. T: 020-7887 8888. E9. Station: Southwark.
East End gallery, with contemporary art.
To 14 May: Eduardo Paolozzi. A retrospective of the 20th-century artist’s fivedecade career, from post-war bronzes to bold fashion designs. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am- 6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. www.whitechapel.org. 77- 82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX. T: 020-7522 7888. Off map. Station: Aldgate East.
COMMERCIAL GALLERIES Alan Cristea Gallery
A leading gallery on the European art scene with paintings and sculptures. Admission free. www.alancristea.com. 31 & 34 Cork St, W1S 3NU. T: 020-7439 1866. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Contemporary art from all cultures, including ethnic, tribal and cutting-edge art. www.octobergallery. co.uk. 24 Old Gloucester St, WC1N 3AL. T: 020-7242 7367. D8. Station: Holborn.
See Amy Winehouse’s guitar at the Jewish Museum (p. 38)