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Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet goes on display
Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet goes on display

In this the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the V&A museum has put Queen Victoria’s famous coronet on display after it was saved from being sold overseas.

V&A puts Elton John into Room 101
V&A puts Elton John into Room 101

Room 101 in the V&A has been refurbished and is now half of a space given over to the museum’s photography collection.

You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column
You can now stand inside Trajan’s Column

Ever since it was built in 1873, there’s been a tantalizing door inside the V&A Museum that normally locked, and only very occasionally opened — but now is open all the time.

Odd video art in the Barbican
Odd video art in the Barbican

There’s a video screen that shows changing shapes in a sort of 1980s home computer version of the 2001 Space Odyssey scene.

A “steampunk” exhibition by a Victorian eccentric
A “steampunk” exhibition by a Victorian eccentric

An exhibition is opening soon showing off rediscovered and restored photographic work of one the 19th century’s strangest characters, Samuel Heracles Gascoigne-Simpson.

Tickets Alert: London’s crafts shown off for a week in May
Tickets Alert: London’s crafts shown off for a week in May

London Craft Week returns in a few weeks time, as London’s craftsmen and craftswomen show off what can be done when not relying on factory made goods.

Controversy over restoration of Waterloo Station poem
Controversy over restoration of Waterloo Station poem

In 1999, an artist was commissioned to help improve a subway leading from Waterloo Station. In 2019 the same artist protested about efforts to restore the art.

Tickets Alert: Tours of Carters heritage steam funfair
Tickets Alert: Tours of Carters heritage steam funfair

This summer there will be a chance to discover fairground art through the decades and hear the history of the vintage Carters Steam Fair.

Salvador Dalí’s champagne lamps go on display
Salvador Dalí’s champagne lamps go on display

The V&A says that it has acquired one of the most important examples of modern lighting ever designed in the UK, a joint creation of artist Salvador Dalí and his most important British patron, Edward James.

Admire these illustrations of London Underground tube stations
Admire these illustrations of London Underground tube stations

The illustrations span the entirety of the London Underground network, from Cockfosters to Clapham South, and from Barking to Baker Street.

Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April
Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April

A “lost” portrait of Charles Dickens, recently re-discovered after 174 years, will go on public display for one week this April in the Charles Dickens Museum.

Tickets Alert: Take a virtual flight to the moon
Tickets Alert: Take a virtual flight to the moon

Antony Gormley and Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan’s virtual reality collaboration, uses data collected by NASA to map a real and interactive journey, leaving Earth to pass through atmosphere, stratosphere, the asteroid belt, and into outer space.

Find the Woodford Stones
Find the Woodford Stones

In the 1950s, a set of stone reliefs were added to a building so high up that hardly anyone could see them. But now anyone can see them.

A glowing greenhouse of distorted stained glass
A glowing greenhouse of distorted stained glass

If you’re wandering around the streets near Edgware Road one evening, you might spy a glowing confection on a side street and wander over for a better look.

Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display
Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

A huge 20 feet wide panorama of London and Westminster is to go on public display from next Friday for the first time.

Hollywood movie posters as you’ve never seen them before
Hollywood movie posters as you’ve never seen them before

An exhibition has opened of movie posters, of familiar films, but unlike any movie posters you seen before.

Help build and destroy a cardboard tower in the City
Help build and destroy a cardboard tower in the City

Fancy spending a day helping to build a tower out of cardboard, only to then tear it down the next day?

An infinite loop of sunrise and sunset at the Barbican
An infinite loop of sunrise and sunset at the Barbican

A huge 24 metre length of slowly moving photographic film is currently turning in an endless loop in the heart of the Barbican.

Hear music performed inside a London Underground tunnel
Hear music performed inside a London Underground tunnel

For a few days at StudioRCA you can hear the recording of a performance that took place in the new tunnels that run below Nine Elms as part of the Northern line extension.

Funding for groups marking the sailing of the Mayflower to America
Funding for groups marking the sailing of the Mayflower to America

A funding pot worth £140,000 is available for local projects in Southwark marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America which will be marked in 2020.

Crossrail artists takeover Selfridges shop windows
Crossrail artists takeover Selfridges shop windows

As part of a larger scale art programme, a number of Selfridges windows have been given over to artists working on the Crossrail project.

Landscape photography at Waterloo Station
Landscape photography at Waterloo Station

If you go up to the mezzanine at Waterloo Station, there’s a display of landscape photography as part of an annual competition.

A glowing deer made from rubbish in central London
A glowing deer made from rubbish in central London

There’s a festive deer in Piccadilly at the moment made from rubbish that glows when you make a donation to charity.

Giant glowing slugs outside the Tate Britain
Giant glowing slugs outside the Tate Britain

As part of its Christmas decorations, Tate Britain has commissioned an artist to design two giant slugs to sit outside the art gallery.