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Exhibitions in London open on Thu, 11th Jul 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

This exhibition looks at how modern board games, educational toys, gambling and role-playing games reflect, inform and shape our understanding of economics and money. (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

2019-07-11
Playing with Money: currency and games
Fantasy and folly take centre stage in a spellbinding exhibition of more than 80 fans, on display for the first time in the UK... (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

2019-07-11
The Man with the Carnation: Fans from the Gérard Lévy Collection
See remarkable never-before-displayed original illustrations and photographs. (Ends on Tue, 1st Oct)

2019-07-11
Expeditions and Endeavours
The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park.  (Ends on Sun, 6th Oct)

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Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami
To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace will display the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years.  (Ends on Sun, 13th Oct)

2019-07-11
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War. (Ends on Tue, 15th Oct)

2019-07-11
The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
This exhibition explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.  (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

2019-07-11
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
The world's most celebrated contemporary glass artist is back, showcasing his work against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens.  (Ends on Tue, 22nd Oct)

2019-07-11
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
These are cartoons the Evening Standard felt were either too strong or in too bad taste to publish. (Ends on Fri, 25th Oct)

2019-07-11
David Low - Censored
Explore the ancient and modern contexts of one of the most important artefacts in the Petrie Museum: an ancient model of a ship-cart excavated from a tomb at the site of Gurob. (Ends on Sat, 26th Oct)

2019-07-11
From Gurob to the Getty: The Voyages of an Ancient Egyptian Ship-Cart Model
Discover the secrets of London's historic waterways and the art they have inspired. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-07-11
Secret Rivers
Under Ground London explores our relationship with the subterranean capital, exploring hundreds of years of documents, images and plans to tell the story of the underground city (Ends on Thu, 31st Oct)

2019-07-11
Under Ground London
This exhibition presents a global picture of Dickens, exploring the impact of his travels on his life and his writing, and it examines how Dickens has gone on to shape the lives of people around the globe. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Nov)

2019-07-11
Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth
This exhibition traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent £7bn modernisation programme which has transformed the route and untangled the tracks. (Ends on Mon, 2nd Dec)

2019-07-11
Untangling the Tracks
Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface. (Ends on Sat, 21st Dec)

2019-07-11
Driverless: Who is in control?
A huge floating "Moon" will fill a darkened room and it's oddly exciting to see. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

2019-07-11
Museum of the Moon
Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in use by British and foreign governments.  (Ends on Sat, 18th Jan)

2019-07-11
Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security
Artists Anna Alcock, Hannah Ford, Miyuki Kasahara, Alke Schmidt and Sandie Sutton respond to this crisis with new work that draws on research into the causes of the decline of pollinators. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jan)

2019-07-11
Swarm: artists respond to the pollinator crisis