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London’s Science City at the Science Museum
London’s Science City at the Science Museum

There’s a new gallery at the Science Museum that shows off an awful lot of wood, brass and books.

Sink into Victorian nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum
Sink into Victorian nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum

Hidden away in a warren of side streets, two old creaky buildings are home to one of the delights of London, a curiously old fashioned toy museum.

The British Empire and animal collecting
The British Empire and animal collecting

A new exhibition at the Grant Museum takes a look at how the attitudes of the British Empire affected the collections of natural wildlife that were brought back to the UK.

See photos of abandoned engineering
See photos of abandoned engineering

For a few days only, there will be an exhibition of photos showing some of the more spectacular examples of abandoned engineering from around the world.

Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden
Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden

As you step through the familiar terracotta frontage of an old tube station it’s difficult to believe you’re two floors above ground, and not deep under it.

Eternal graffiti: A poetry exhibition at the Maughan
Eternal graffiti: A poetry exhibition at the Maughan

If you love poetry, there’s an exhibition to visit. If you don’t love poetry but do love old buildings, there’s an exhibition to visit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum
Pay a visit to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

Easy to walk past without noticing, but under the old gatehouse to Barts Hospital is a museum to its 900 odd years of history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.