London exhibitions - Archive Articles

Reviews of the many exhibitions that take place across London.

The Clink Prison Museum is unexpectedly good
The Clink Prison Museum is unexpectedly good

The Clink Prison Museum is unexpectedly good

The headline is what you expect me to say about this notorious tourist trap, but actually, DO go to the Clink Prison Museum, for its reputation is ill-deserved.

Sep
18
2019
Monty Python’s Flying Exhibition hits the Southbank
Monty Python’s Flying Exhibition hits the Southbank

Monty Python’s Flying Exhibition hits the Southbank

In this it's 50th year, there's an exhibition about Monty Python at the BFI Southbank as part of their series of film screenings.

Sep
16
2019
Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls
Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

There's a rather fun exhibition on at the moment about the pre-television era of mass entertainment, the music halls and the people who they turned into later television stars.

Sep
10
2019
Stolen Moments – Namibian music history untold (1950-80s)
Stolen Moments – Namibian music history untold (1950-80s)

Stolen Moments – Namibian music history untold (1950-80s)

There's an exhibition on for a few weeks that's surprisingly exciting to visit - about the lost pop music revival of Namibia.

Sep
09
2019
Visit Greenwich’s Painted Hall
Visit Greenwich’s Painted Hall

Visit Greenwich’s Painted Hall

Apart from the park, the observatory and the "replica" sailing ship, Greenwich is home to one of the grandest painted halls in the world.

Aug
21
2019
Visit the Freemason’s Museum
Visit the Freemason’s Museum

Visit the Freemason’s Museum

For a building that looks imposing and full of secrets, Freemason's Hall is actually open to the public, and free to go in.

Aug
13
2019
A lunar exhibition of moon rocks and art in Greenwich
A lunar exhibition of moon rocks and art in Greenwich

A lunar exhibition of moon rocks and art in Greenwich

On this anniversary year of the moon landings, one of the many exhibitions that are opening is in London, and looks not just at the moon landing, but at the moon entire.

Aug
06
2019
Local Museums – Redbridge Museum
Local Museums – Redbridge Museum

Local Museums – Redbridge Museum

The town of Illford has a local museum that's not called Ilford Museum, but named after the much larger borough that it's within - welcome to Redbridge Museum.

Jul
31
2019
325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England
325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England

325 object to mark 325 years of the Bank of England

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is of the sort of age that you should never mention about a lady, but she's dug out an object for every year of her life.

Jul
31
2019
Driverless: Who is in control?
Driverless: Who is in control?

Driverless: Who is in control?

Self driving cars may seem like a modern invention, but they're much older than you might realise.

Jul
18
2019
The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome
The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome

The year St Paul’s Cathedral nearly lost its dome

It's Christmas Eve 1924 and while people are preparing for the festivities, the City of London is busy preparing an urgent notice - they plan to close St Paul's Cathedral.

Jul
16
2019
The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum
The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum

The Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum

Deep within the Natural History Museum is a huge cavernous space filled with a giant floating replica of the moon.

Jul
12
2019
See spies and spooks at the Science Museum
See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

See spies and spooks at the Science Museum

A new exhibition that is less James Bond and more Q looks at the history of how British spies kept their secrets safe from enemies.

Jul
11
2019
Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy
Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy

Sir Thomas Gresham: Tudor, Trader, Shipper, Spy

A man who can serve four Tudor monarchs without losing his head, while becoming fantastically rich at the same time is bound to be an enigmatic figure.

Jul
04
2019
You wont see most of this new science exhibition
You wont see most of this new science exhibition

You wont see most of this new science exhibition

An exhibition about the 95% of the universe that can't be seen is a challenging topic for any gallery to take on.

Jul
03
2019
Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum
Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum

Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum

At a time when art seems to be getting ever larger and less able to fit into private homes, there's an exhibition of the opposite end of the spectrum, of postcards as art.

Jun
20
2019
Transport Museum looks at how Thameslink untangled the tracks
Transport Museum looks at how Thameslink untangled the tracks

Transport Museum looks at how Thameslink untangled the tracks

A new exhibition is looking at the recent substantial works to upgrade the Thameslink lines so that a mainline railway can, in places offer tube-train like services.

Jun
05
2019
Secret Rivers at the Docklands Museum
Secret Rivers at the Docklands Museum

Secret Rivers at the Docklands Museum

Lost plastic toys, medieval toilets, swords, pots, modern relics, giant crosses, bones, skulls, and books galore -- all highlight how the rivers of London have captured our imagination and preserved our history.

Jun
04
2019
Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition
Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition

Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition

Monopoly is the famous money obsessed board game, but an exhibition now open looks at the much wider appearance of money in games, boards and otherwise.

May
30
2019
Exhibition looks at the internationalisation of Charles Dickens
Exhibition looks at the internationalisation of Charles Dickens

Exhibition looks at the internationalisation of Charles Dickens

The Charles Dickens Museum has put on one of its occasional exhibitions, this time looking at the man's international fame and impact.

May
28
2019
Queen Victoria as seen on screen at the BFI
Queen Victoria as seen on screen at the BFI

Queen Victoria as seen on screen at the BFI

One of a number of attempts to jump on the QV200 anniversary, the BFI has taken a look back at the black and white queen as seen on the silver screen.

May
25
2019
The V&A explores the future of food production
The V&A explores the future of food production

The V&A explores the future of food production

Of all the great achievements of the 20th century, food has to be one of the greatest -- not just the abundance of it, but how prices today are a fraction of what they used to cost. But at what cost to the environment?

May
21
2019
A mixed display of Artificial Intelligence at the Barbican
A mixed display of Artificial Intelligence at the Barbican

A mixed display of Artificial Intelligence at the Barbican

At a time when humans are still struggling to define intelligence in machines, an exhibition about the same could be heading into controversial territory.

May
20
2019
An exhibition about breathing
An exhibition about breathing

An exhibition about breathing

Taking a breath, something we do without thinking, until we think about it then we wonder how we can stop thinking about breathing and maybe panic about what would happen if we stopped breathing.

May
13
2019