A list of free exhibitions in London open now, and opening in London soon.

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

Sweet Harmony looks at a significant five-year period in UK dance music history and the previously undocumented contribution that young people living and working in the London Borough of Waltham Forest made to it.
Open from Thu 25th Nov 2021 to Wed 25th May
Ends this month

Vestry House Museum
E17 9NH
2021-11-25
Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave & Waltham Forest, 1989-1994
This exhibition celebrates The Prince’s Foundation’s history, principles, aims, projects and education programmes, with a particular focus on the work being done by the charity to champion and preserve heritage craft skills.
Open from Mon 9th May to Fri 27th May
Ends this month

The Garrison Chapel
SW1W 8BG
2022-05-09
Preserving the World’s Sacred Crafts
An exhibition of paintings, watercolours and sculptures by the multi-talented Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves).
Open from Fri 13th May to Sat 28th May
Ends this month

2022-05-13
See Them Richards? Paintings by Jim Moir (Vic Reeves)
A major solo exhibition of African diaspora artist Everlyn Nicodemus.
Open from Tue 12th Apr to Sat 28th May
Ends this month

Richard Saltoun Gallery
W1S 4NS
2022-04-12
Everlyn Nicodemus
Radio Ballads presents new film commissions alongside paintings, drawings and contextual materials that share the stories learned in social care work.
Open from Thu 31st Mar to Sun 29th May
Ends this month

Serpentine North Gallery
W2 2AR
2022-03-31
Radio Ballads
Touching on histories of medicine, trade and industrialisation through digitally rendered objects, Seaward weaves narrative through commonplace objects and organic forms.
Open from Thu 14th Apr to Sun 29th May
Ends this month

Zabludowicz Collection
NW5 3PT
2022-04-14
Victor Seaward
An exhibition by Yoon Hyup, known for his vibrant use of lines and dots to create minimalistic and abstract city scape paintings.
Open from Fri 11th Mar to Sun 29th May
Ends this month

Stolenspace Gallery
E1 6TD
2022-03-11
Light and Shadow
An outdoor exhibition of 138 award-winning images selected from 20,000 submissions by photographers in 151 countries.
Open from Sun 17th Apr to Tue 31st May
Ends this month

Granary Square
N1C 4AA
2022-04-17
Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.
Open from Wed 17th Nov 2021 to Sun 5th Jun

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-11-17
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the finest works amongst the drawings collected by Sir John Soane.
Open from Wed 9th Mar to Sun 5th Jun

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2022-03-09
Hidden Masterpieces
Through artist impressions and technical diagrams from her fieldwork, geologist and landscape artist Emma Theresa Jude reports on her recent ascent of the ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’ at the peak of Sgùrr Dearg on the Scottish Isle of Skye.
Open from Thu 14th Apr to Sun 5th Jun

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-04-14
Emma Theresa Jude: The Map Is Not The Territory
A photography exhibition in the former Habitat store on Tottenham Court Road.
Open from Sat 12th Mar to Sat 11th Jun

Heal's Building
W1T 7LQ
2022-03-12
Momentum of Light
This exhibition, 'If you prick us, do we not bleed?' introduces cabinets of curiosity into the heart of the Sainsbury Wing, containing assembled fragments that might look like relics from another collection.
Open from Wed 16th Mar to Sun 12th Jun

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-03-16
Ali Cherri: If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) award-winning photographer, Dexter McLean, MA, focuses on representation of both the black and disabled communities that he embodies in Tower Avenue, his first solo show.
Open from Thu 17th Mar to Sun 12th Jun

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-03-17
Tower Avenue
Explore incredible objects, including some never seen by the public before, from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office in this new, free display.
Open from Thu 10th Feb to Sun 12th Jun

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-02-10
Stephen Hawking at Work
New exhibits will include items from IWM’s rich collection that will go on display for the very first time and highlight eyewitness accounts of the conflict.
Open from Sat 2nd Apr to Tue 14th Jun

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-04-02
Falklands Conflict
A slideshow of selected artworks from Hong Kong artist Chihoi’s graphic novel, based on a story written by Taiwanese poet Hung Hung, evokes a dreamlike train journey.
Open from Sat 26th Feb to Sun 19th Jun

Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX
2022-02-26
Chihoi: The Train
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair.
Open from Sat 4th Dec 2021 to Sun 19th Jun

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-04
Hair: Untold Stories
An exhibition of contemporary Nigerian art, digital and non-digital, centred on artists’ explorations of the roles of political voice within Nigeria.
Open from Thu 7th Apr to Sat 25th Jun

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2022-04-07
An exhibition that explores underground print during the Indian emergency of 1975- 77, focusing on the cyclostyle printing and duplicating technology used to produce it
Open from Thu 28th Apr to Sat 25th Jun

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2022-04-28
Learn about Victorian Westminster in this exhibition showcasing selection of collections from City of Westminster Archives, toys on loan from Pollocks Toy Museum and Victorian costumes.
Open from Thu 7th Apr to Thu 30th Jun

Westminster City Hall
SW1E 6QP
2022-04-07
 Pomp, Progress and Poverty: Life in Victorian Westminster
An immersive exhibition exploring the latest cancer research taking place at the Crick - Europe’s largest biomedical research institute under one roof.
Open from Fri 10th Sep 2021 to Thu 30th Jun

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2021-09-10
Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature's Enigma
This exhibition explores William Hogarth’s relationship with animals through his work as an artist and in his personal life.
Open from Tue 29th Mar to Sun 3rd Jul

Hogarth's House
W4 2QN
2022-03-29
William Hogarth’s Animals
This exhibition explores medical themes in literature, looking at those who've left the world of medicine behind to become some of our best-loved wordsmiths.
Open from Wed 20th Apr to Fri 12th Aug

Royal Society Of Medicine London
W1G 0AE
2022-04-20
From Shakespeare to Shelley: How medicine influenced literature
An exhibition exploring the Elstree Extension through the Northern Heights that was suspended during World War 2, and never restarted.
Open from Tue 25th Jan to Sat 20th Aug

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum
WD6 1EB
2022-01-25
Off the Rails: The Line that never was
A display of infographics illustrating 19th-century news themes
Open from Wed 11th May to Sun 21st Aug

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-05-11
Visualising Victorian News
In this exhibition, learn more about printmaking in Rudolf's court in Prague during the highpoint of innovative and ambitious prints made from around 1580 until the early years of the 17th century.
Open from Thu 17th Mar to Sun 28th Aug

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-03-17
Printmaking in Prague - art from the court of Rudolf II
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.
Open from Thu 17th Mar to Sun 28th Aug

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-17
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
The exhibition considers what we might learn from plant behaviour, and the impacts of colonial expeditions on the exploitation of natural resources and indigenous knowledges.
Open from Thu 24th Mar to Sun 28th Aug

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2022-03-24
Rooted Beings
This exhibition highlights the sporting, economic and wellbeing opportunities generated by the Games, the journey of the Paralympics movement and the remarkable changes to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Open from Wed 13th Apr to Wed 31st Aug

Lee Valley VeloPark
E20 3AB
2022-04-13
London 2012 exhibition
The exhibition explores women international thinkers and their work at a fundamental moment in the imagining of international relations.
Open from Thu 5th May to Fri 2nd Sep

LSE Library
WC2A 2HD
2022-05-05
Women's International Thought
Celebrate the work of designer Bethany Williams with this new exhibition embracing the discussion of social and environmental issues.
Open from Mon 16th May to Sun 4th Sep

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-05-16
Bethany Williams: Alternative Systems
Life in a cup presents a fascinating beverage story and explores the traditions that make coffee a way of life in parts of the Islamic world.
Open from Wed 27th Oct 2021 to Sun 18th Sep

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-10-27
Life in a cup - coffee culture in the Islamic world
Jyll Bradley’s new interactive commission links the urban landscape of the Southbank Centre to the hop gardens of Kent.
Open from Wed 18th May to Sun 2nd Oct

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2022-05-18
The Hop
In the Air explores our relationship with the air around us. Moving freely across borders and through bodies, air is both vital to our existence and a threat to our health.
Open from Thu 19th May to Sun 16th Oct

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2022-05-19
In the Air
A display of photographs capturing factories and their workers in an era of rapid transition.
Open from Tue 22nd Mar to Sun 6th Nov

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-22
Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime
This exhibition comprised a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s.
Open from Tue 3rd May to Fri 2nd Dec

Royal College of Physicians Museum
NW1 4LE
2022-05-03
A taste of one's own medicine
Spanning centuries, the unexpected treasures on display in the Art Deco library include hand-drawn illustrations, curious texts and beguiling bindings.
Open from Mon 14th Feb to Sat 31st Dec

Museum of Freemasonry
WC2B 5AZ
2022-02-14
Treasures
An installation of six large-scale clay columns inspired by traditional architectural practices in Chile, by Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez
Open from Mon 7th Mar to Tue 28th Feb 2023

100 Bishopsgate
EC2M 1GT
2022-03-07
The Remnants by Anton Alvarez
This exhibition explores the history of transatlantic slavery through its connections with the Bank of England and the wider City of London.
Open from Wed 11th May to Fri 28th Apr 2023

Bank of England Museum
EC2R 8AH
2022-05-11
Slavery & the Bank

Exhibitions opening soon

Areas around Chelsea are transformed into London’s largest free flower festival with this year’s theme, 'British Icons'.
Open from Mon 23rd May to Sat 28th May
Ends this month

various locations
2022-05-23
Chelsea in Bloom 2022
A display of royal memorabilia commemorating coronations and jubilees, from cups and plates to hairpins and bunting.
Open from Wed 25th May to Sun 26th Jun

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2022-05-25
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
An exhibition of the Camden Green Loop, a public realm strategy to bring our neighbourhoods to life.
Open from Wed 8th Jun to Wed 29th Jun

Camden Collective
NW1 8NJ
2022-06-08
Camden Green Loop Exhibition
Walk through the ‘Time Tunnel’, an alfresco exhibition on the past, present, and future of Seven Dials, a one-of-a-kind destination in the heart of London’s West End.
Open from Wed 1st Jun to Thu 30th Jun

he The walkway between 31 Monmouth St and 3 Neal's Yard
WC2H 9DD
2022-06-01
This exhibition brings together Zaha Hadid's imagined London, from student experimentations to unrealised visions and built projects.
Open from Wed 8th Jun to Fri 1st Jul

Zaha Hadid Foundation
EC1R 0BQ
2022-06-08
Zaha Hadid: Reimagining London
This exhibition documents the 'three - year battle', in which a group of diverse elders joined forces with community activists and architectural mavericks, in an attempt to prevent demolition and restore their "Modernist Gem".
Open from Fri 24th Jun to Tue 12th Jul

The Rotunda Hall
SW2 2QG
2022-06-24
“A MODERNIST GEM”: The Battle for Leigham Court Sheltered Housing Scheme
The official London Hat Week Exhibition celebrates the breadth of talent in our community of hat makers.
Open from Tue 2nd Aug to Sat 6th Aug

Morley Gallery
SE1 7HT
2022-08-02
Over 400 objects from Tiffany’s archives go on display at the Saatchi Gallery.
Open from Fri 10th Jun to Fri 19th Aug

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-06-10
Vision & Virtuosity by Tiffany
Step onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition which explores how an extraordinary living art project has transformed the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants.
Open from Sat 21st May to Sun 4th Sep

Japan House
W8 5SA
2022-05-21
Symbiosis: Living Island
An exhibition exploring ideas around repair, care and healing.
Open from Thu 16th Jun to Sun 18th Sep

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2022-06-16
Eternally Yours
The exhibition charts in items of all kinds the rise of British Blues music from its US and African roots in the 20th Century through to artists performing today.
Open from Thu 26th May to Mon 19th Sep

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2022-05-26
British Blues Exhibition
A display honouring the music, people and places central to the grime scene and its roots in East London.
Open from Fri 17th Jun to Sun 4th Dec

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2022-06-17
Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream
A display celebrating one of the city's most iconic sporting heroes, both on and off the pitch.
Open from Sat 21st May to Fri 23rd Dec

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2022-05-21
Harry Kane: I want to play football
This world-first, object-rich exhibition reveals the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
Open from Wed 25th May to Sat 31st Dec

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-05-25
Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope
New research into IWM’s photography archive demonstrates just how keenly The Queen’s role as monarch has been shaped by her wartime experiences.
Open from Fri 27th May to Sun 8th Jan 2023

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-05-27
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at IWM London