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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 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.­se­ 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.bankofeng­­seum. 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.ben­jam­in­franklin­ 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.british­mu­ 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.­toon­mu­ 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.dick­ens­mu­ 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). 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. 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. 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 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.­sign­mu­ 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.the­fan­mu­ 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.ftm­lon­ 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.flo­rencenightin­ 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.foundling­mu­ 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.gef­frye­mu­ 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 guardsmu­ 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.horn­i­ 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.­ofil­lus­tra­ 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.­hold­cav­al­ry­mu­ 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. 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 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.jew­ish­mu­ 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.­sites/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. mu­ 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.­se­u­mof­ 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.­se­u­moflon­ 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.­se­u­moflon­­lands. 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. 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. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD. T: 020-7942 5000. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Queen’s House

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. 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 mu­ Gra­hame Park Way, NW9 5LL. T: 020- 8205 2266. Off map. Sta­tion: Colin­dale.

Science Mu­seum

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.sci­ence­mu­ 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.sher­lock­ 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. 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, 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.som­er­set­ Strand, WC2R 1LA. T: 020-7845 4600. E8. Tem­ple.

Twin­ings Mu­seum

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. 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.­se­u­mofchild­ 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. 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 lasttues­dayso­ci­ 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.wal­lacecol­lec­ 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.

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 col­lec­ 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.wim­ble­­seum. 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.­ 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.­ 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.cour­ 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.dul­wich­pic­ture­ Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD. T: 020- 8693 5354. Off map. Sta­tion: West Dul­wich/North Dul­wich.

Es­torick Col­lec­tion

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.­torick­col­lec­ 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.­oflon­ 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. 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.­tional 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. 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.­port­street­ 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 pho­tog­ra­phers­ 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. Buck­ing­ham Palace, SW1A 1AA. T: 0303123 7301. F7. Sta­tion: Green Park/Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Riv­ing­ton Place

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.riv­ing­ton­ 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.roy­ala­ 6 Burling­ton Gar­dens, Pic­cadilly, W1J 0BD. T: 020-7300 8000. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus/ Green Park.

Saatchi Gallery

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. Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY. T: 020-7811 3070. G5. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

Ser­pen­tine Gallery

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.ser­pen­tine­gal­ 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.ser­pen­tine­ West Car­riage Drive, Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens, W2 2AR. T: 020-7402 6075. E4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Tate Britain

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. Mill­bank, SW1P 4RG. T: 020-7887 8888. G8. Sta­tion: Pim­lico.

Tate Mod­ern

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. Bank­side, SE1 9TG. T: 020-7887 8888. E9. Sta­tion: South­wark.

Whitechapel Gallery

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. 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.alan­ 31 & 34 Cork St, W1S 3NU. T: 020-7439 1866. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Oc­to­ber Gallery

Con­tem­po­rary art from all cul­tures, in­clud­ing eth­nic, tribal and cut­ting-edge art. www.oc­to­ber­gallery. 24 Old Glouces­ter St, WC1N 3AL. T: 020-7242 7367. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

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