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Exhibitions in London open on Wed, 11th Sep 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
From Gurob to the Getty: The Voyages of an Ancient Egyptian Ship-Cart Model
With all to play for, the big guns of the toy world competed to win. Children’s choices ultimately decided the winners and losers. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-09-11
 1950s: Battle of the Toy Brands
An opportunity to see excellence in contemporary design alongside the Wallace Collection’s own art works.  (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-09-11
An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection
Discover the mesmerising paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s best kept secrets, in the UK’s first major exhibition of her work. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-09-11
Helene Schjerfbeck
Discover the secrets of London's historic waterways and the art they have inspired. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth
This exhibition brings together works from the 17th century to the present day to illustrate how London’s ever-changing cityscape has inspired visiting and resident artists over four centuries. (Ends on Sun, 1st Dec)

2019-09-11
Architecture of London
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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
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)

2019-09-11
Museum of the Moon
Discover artists who have risked their lives in times of conflict for the music they love. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

2019-09-11
Rebel Sounds
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To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

2019-09-11
The Moon
Jide Odukoya’s photographic series shows Nigeria abuzz through the lens of traditional Nigerian weddings.  (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

2019-09-11
Turn It Up: On Paradoxes
The exhibition explores why cultural heritage is attacked during war and the ways we save, protect and restore what is targeted. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

2019-09-11
What Remains
Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in use by British and foreign governments.  (Ends on Sat, 18th Jan)

2019-09-11
Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security