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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
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
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
event time 10am to 6pm
 Soho
 Ends on Sun, 28th Jun
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth.
Toyin Ojih Odutola - A Countervailing Theory
event time All Day
 Barbican
 Ends on Sun, 26th Jul
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
From ‘honey dew’ drinking parties to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, discover Beatrix Potter’s response to the world of fairies and fairytales.
Beatrix Potter's Fairyland
event time 10am to 5:45pm
 South Kensington
 Ends on Mon, 3rd Aug
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
This display explores some of the festivals across Britain from the Handel Commemoration in 1784 to the Crystal Palace concerts of the late nineteenth century,
Music Festivals in Georgian Britain
event time 10am to 5pm
 Clerkenwell
 Ends on Thu, 20th Aug
2020-05-30
2020-05-30

Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Saturday 30th May 2020

A guided tour around the historic Somerset House including the vaults under the main forecourt.
 12:15pm to :
 
 Strand
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
Step behind the scenes and see the Barbican Theatre from a new perspective on these 60 minute Backstage Tour
 11am to 12:30pm
 
 Barbican
2020-05-30
2020-05-30

Barbican - Backstage Tours

Walking tours of London on Saturday 30th May 2020

The River Thames is London. It’s why the Romans chose its gravel north bank to found Londinium; its tidal waters brought trade and wealth to the City - and continues to do so.
 11am to 12:45pm
 
 City of London
2020-05-30
2020-05-30

London's River Walk

Join our Roman guided tour and let us ‘roam’ around the City and discover a history that dates back nearly 2,000 years.
 2pm to 3:45pm
 
 City of London
2020-05-30
2020-05-30

Roman London Walking Tour

This walking tour covers iconic London from a new perspective, introducing guests to the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of the Public Toilet.
 3:30pm to 5:30pm
 
 Southwark
2020-05-30
2020-05-30
 

Tower Bridge opening times

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