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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

See Sir Joseph Bazalgette made from Lego
See Sir Joseph Bazalgette made from Lego

Just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament, an exhibition about water opens with a model of the sewer king, Sir Joseph Bazalgette – made from Lego.

Westminster Abbey’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries
Westminster Abbey’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

High up above the Nave of Westminster Abbey is a new exhibition space, with incidentally, what has often been described at the “the best view in Europe”.

Exhibition – from the League of Nations to Greenham Common
Exhibition – from the League of Nations to Greenham Common

A modest sized, but informative exhibition looks at 20th century efforts to prevent war, and the protests that the campaigns engendered.

Staging magic – a magical book exhibition at Senate House
Staging magic – a magical book exhibition at Senate House

Up high in the imposing Senate House in Bloomsbury, a magical exhibition of conjuring history has recently opened.

Leonardo da Vinci defying death at UCL
Leonardo da Vinci defying death at UCL

Perpetual motion and the perpetuity of life are the topic of two very different exhibitions within yards of each other within UCL’s campus in central London.

Met Police’s Heritage Centre revamps for female police centenary
Met Police’s Heritage Centre revamps for female police centenary

A little known heritage museum for the Metropolitan Police has had a revamp of its display to highlight 100 years of women in London’s police force.

New exhibition shows off the golden age of sea travel
New exhibition shows off the golden age of sea travel

A tantalizing preview of a huge collection of ocean liner documents has gone on display in the Guildhall Library in the City of London.

Cryptic book illustrations go on display in Freemasons’ Hall
Cryptic book illustrations go on display in Freemasons’ Hall

An exhibition of old books has gone on display in Covent Garden that seeks to explain the often cryptic messages hidden within their illustrations.

Exhibition goes under the skin to reveal the secrets of the human body
Exhibition goes under the skin to reveal the secrets of the human body

For a few weeks, there’s an exhibition about what lies beneath the skin of the average human being.

Last chance to visit the Wellcome’s Medicine Now exhibition
Last chance to visit the Wellcome’s Medicine Now exhibition

The Wellcome Collection’s “Medicine Now” exhibition is a permanent display, that’s closing in April. So you have just a few weeks left to visit it.

Be a pirate at the Museum of Childhood
Be a pirate at the Museum of Childhood

There’s an exhibition about pirates in East London at the moment, which I would describe as a pirate themed playground that happens to be in a museum.

Puss in books in the British Library
Puss in books in the British Library

Long before cats appeared on the internet, they appeared in books, and their comic antics are currently the topic of an exhibition at the British Library.

Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum
Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum

Christmas means food, drink and dickens, so the Charles Dickens Museum has decked the halls and put out the (artificial) food in a celebration of a Dickensian Christmas.

Disease X – the next London pandemic?
Disease X – the next London pandemic?

At some point in the future, London will be struck by a dread disease that will lay waste to swathes of society.

The Fan Museum, Greenwich
The Fan Museum, Greenwich

Some of the best museums can be the smallest, the one’s devoted to a single topic that few would otherwise think to collect.

Exhibition – Ribera: Art of Violence
Exhibition – Ribera: Art of Violence

Visitors to genteel Dulwich are in for a shock at the moment, as they are confronted with torture, blood, pain, and human skin — in the local gallery’s latest exhibition.

When plywood and plastic ruled — at the V&A
When plywood and plastic ruled — at the V&A

There’s a room in the V&A that’s filled with more than the usual abundance of nostalgia, looking at domestic design in the post-war years.