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Exhibitions in London open on Sun, 1st Dec 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

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)

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Architecture of London
An illuminated trail winds round the ornamental lake and through the historic arboretum of Syon House, ending at the spectacular Great Conservatory. (Ends on Sun, 1st Dec)

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Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland
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)

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Untangling the Tracks
Antony Gormley takes over the Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. (Ends on Tue, 3rd Dec)

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Antony Gormley
The LSE Library is marking the centenary of the appointment of William Beveridge as one of LSE’s most influential and widely known Directors.  (Ends on Fri, 20th Dec)

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The Power of Influence: William Beveridge as public intellectual and LSE Director
Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface. (Ends on Sat, 21st Dec)

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Driverless: Who is in control?
The exhibition looks at Pope’s early life in Twickenham and the creation of his villa, garden and grotto. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Dec)

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This winter, more twinkling and fantastical than ever before, Christmas at Kew returns. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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Christmas at Kew 2019
Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s to the present day. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
All of the paintings and engravings in Hogarth's series have been united for the first time to examine his complex views on morality, the society and the city. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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Hogarth: Place and Progress
A huge floating "Moon" will fill a darkened room and it's oddly exciting to see (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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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)

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Rebel Sounds
A series of striking photographs of science in action will soon go on display at the Science Museum as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural Science Photographer of the Year competition. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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Science Photographer of the Year
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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)

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

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Turn It Up: On Paradoxes
Discover what it was like to go to a show in eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan)

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Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain
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)

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What Remains
An 18-metre-wide sculpture fills the entire gallery space, with mirrored planes multiplying its dimensions to enable a reimagining of time and space. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jan)

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Es Devlin Memory Palace
Uncover the secrets of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece 'The Virgin of the Rocks' in this new immersive exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jan)

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Leonardo - Experience a Masterpiece
Currently enjoying a resurgence in practice and teaching, this display is a timely celebration of drawing. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jan)

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Pushing paper - contemporary drawing from 1970 to now