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Thursday 21st May

Free evening talks inspired by JMW Turner, the artist who appears on the new £20 note
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Turner, paintings and polymer

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

This exhibition explores the ways in which, from the eighteenth century to the present day, our perception of the hero or heroine has evolved.
Heroic Figures
event time 11am to 5pm
 Greenwich
 Ends on Sun, 24th May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
The largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years.
Aubrey Beardsley
event time 10am to 6pm
 Pimlico
 Ends on Mon, 25th May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
This is the first monographic exhibition of Spilliaert’s work in the UK and will showcase some 90 works on paper.
Spilliaert
event time 10am to 6pm
 Picadilly
 Ends on Mon, 25th May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
This exhibition confirms Charles Keeping’s stature and contribution not just as a major picture-book artist but also as a revelatory illustrator of Dickens for the Folio Society.
Charles Keeping: Londoner & Illustrator
event time 11am to 4pm
 Pinner
 Ends on Sun, 31st May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
Featuring over 35 paintings and drawings from collections across the world, the exhibition spans Maes’s whole career, spent in Dordrecht and Amsterdam.
Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age
event time 10am to 6pm
 Trafalgar Square
 Ends on Sun, 31st May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
See original drafts of Wordsworth’s verse, his notebooks, correspondence and more.
William Wordsworth
event time 11am to 5pm
 Camden
 Ends on Sun, 31st May
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
This exhibition explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
event time 10am to 6pm
 Soho
 Ends on Sun, 7th Jun
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view the Ordupgaard Collection’s treasure trove of Impressionist works, from Monet and Degas, to pre-Impressionist artists like Corot and Courbet.
Gauguin and the Impressionists
event time 10am to 6pm
 Picadilly
 Ends on Sun, 14th Jun
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
The exhibition explores Victorian London from the 1830s until the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on Dickens’s child characters.
Childhood in Dickensian London
event time 9am to 8:45pm
 Euston
 Ends on Sat, 20th Jun
2020-05-21
2020-05-21
The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) on the centenary of his birth.
Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation
event time 10am to 5:30pm
 Kings Cross
 Ends on Sun, 21st Jun
2020-05-21
2020-05-21

Exhibitions opening soon


Walking tours of London on Thursday 21st May 2020

Called the Street of Shame, there’s more to this road between the City of London and the City of Westminster than its newspaper heritage.
 2pm to 3:45pm
 
 City of London
2020-05-21
2020-05-21

Stories of Fleet Street Guided Walk

On this guided tour, led by an expert City of London of Guide, you’ll see several of his finest places of worship. Judge for yourself which is the finest!
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2020-05-21
2020-05-21

City in Spires - A Tour of Wren Churches

 

Tower Bridge opening times

Tower Bridge is not due to open today. The next scheduled opening is on Fri 31st Jul at 11:15am