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

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

Comprising 58 works, this show will be the first posthumous and largest exhibition of Kossoff’s paintings in a commercial setting to date.
Open from Thu 30th Sep to Sat 4th Dec
Ends this month

Annely Juda Fine Art
W1S 1AW
2021-09-30
Leon Kossoff - A Life in Painting
Liminal features over 70 works created over the past three years by the London-based Italian artist ALO.
Open from Wed 3rd Nov to Sun 5th Dec
Ends this month

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2021-11-03
Liminal by ALO
Over 500 contemporary miniature paintings and sculptures will be on display, from figurative to new and innovative artwork, in a pocket-sized format.
Open from Thu 25th Nov to Sun 5th Dec
Ends this month

Mall Galleries
SW1Y 5BD
2021-11-25
e 125th anniversary of Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors  and Gravers
The exhibition will highlight exciting new work from a wide sphere of contemporary printmaking practice, ranging from traditional techniques to experimental processes.
Open from Fri 26th Nov to Sun 5th Dec
Ends this month

The Art Pavilion
E3 4QY
2021-11-26
An exhibition of powerful visual art, music and writing by people in criminal justice settings, curated by artist Camille Walala and her sister Sarah Ihler-Meyer.
Open from Fri 29th Oct to Sun 5th Dec
Ends this month

Royal Festival Hall
SE1 8XX
2021-10-29
The Southbank presents the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK.
Open from Thu 9th Sep to Sun 12th Dec
Ends this month

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-09-09
Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1999 – 2021
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 12th Dec
Ends this month

Whitechapel Gallery
E1 7QX
2021-05-19
Phantoms of Surrealism
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day
Open from Mon 7th Jun to Fri 17th Dec
Ends this month

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-06-07
 Celebrating 90 years of the Building Centre – 1931 to the present day
Oxford House presents its latest exhibition, featuring photographs by Phillip Cunningham of Bethnal Green in the 1970s.
Open from Sat 9th Oct to Fri 17th Dec
Ends this month

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-10-09
Youth of Yesterday

A photography exhibition of young people in and around Bethnal Green taken in the 1970's by Philip Cunningham.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep to Fri 17th Dec
Ends this month

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-09-22
The world's most expensive stamp - nicknamed "the Mona Lisa of the stamp world" - is on display for a few weeks
Open from Mon 8th Nov to Sat 18th Dec
Ends this month

Stanley Gibbons
WC2R 0LX
2021-11-08
The world's most expensive stamp
An exhibition exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain from the Mayflower to the present day through personal narratives, contemporary art and a range of media.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 19th Dec
Ends this month

Migration Museum
SE13 7HB
2021-05-19
Departures
A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in a council’s archives has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival.
Open from Tue 16th Nov to Mon 20th Dec
Ends this month

Morley College
SE1 7HT
2021-11-16
Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s – community action in a London neighbourhood
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?
Open from Mon 17th May to Thu 23rd Dec
Ends this month

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-05-17
How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
The exhibition brings together rarely-seen original artwork and costumes, photographs, documents, audio and video to tell the story of Noël Coward's life.
Open from Mon 14th Jun to Thu 23rd Dec
Ends this month

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2021-06-14
Noël Coward: Art & Style
An exhibition about a dentist and Freemason noted for his philanthropy.
Open from Mon 17th May to Sat 25th Dec
Ends this month

Museum of Freemasonry
WC2B 5AZ
2021-05-17
Generous Dentist: Bartholomew Ruspini
Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion
Open from Sun 20th Jun to Wed 29th Dec
Ends this month

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-06-20
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
This exhibition follows the lives of soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.
Open from Sun 12th Sep to Fri 31st Dec
Ends this month

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-09-12
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
An outdoor exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the seat of Poland’s diplomatic post in London at 47 Portland Place.
Open from Sun 2nd May to Fri 31st Dec
Ends this month

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
W1B 1JH
2021-05-02
Exhibition marking 100 years of Polish Embassy
In a new body of work created especially for Sir John Soane’s Museum, contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein presents his unique, seductive and deeply ironic vision of hell.
Open from Wed 6th Oct to Sun 2nd Jan 2022

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2021-10-06
Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday
Visitors are invited to bring an old ball to swap with a new one from the numerous shelves that line the walls.
Open from Fri 19th Nov to Sat 8th Jan 2022

Stephen Friedman Gallery
W1S 3AN
2021-11-19
Mayfiar tennis ball exchange
This exhibition presents large scale photographs taken less than two months after the attacks, as the gravity of the 9/11 terror attacks left a new world in their wake.
Open from Fri 10th Sep to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2021-09-10
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
The former Geffrye museum's famous Christmas rooms display returns in the new Museum of the Home.
Open from Tue 9th Nov to Sun 9th Jan 2022

The Museum of the Home
E2 8EA
2021-11-09
Christmas Past
An exhibition about the award-winning illustrator of children’s books
Open from Sat 4th Sep to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2021-09-04
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
This exhibition offers new commissions that take a deeper look at feelings of peace and balance.
Open from Thu 15th Jul to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-07-15
Tranquillity
The objects, photographs and oral histories on display tell stories of people moving to and living, working, studying and growing up in Hackney, from the 1960s to today.
Open from Fri 22nd Oct to Sat 15th Jan 2022

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2021-10-22
The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites.
Open from Fri 20th Aug to Sat 22nd Jan 2022

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-08-20
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in.
Open from Sun 10th Oct to Fri 28th Jan 2022

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-10-10
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed
A selection of the finest prints from Lloyd's collection that reveal his admiration for the Alpine landscape and his interest in Swiss customs and mythology.
Open from Tue 24th Aug to Sun 30th Jan 2022

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-08-24
Enticing Peaks - Swiss prints from the Lloyd Bequest
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s
Open from Thu 30th Sep to Fri 4th Feb 2022

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2021-09-30
The Vanished East End
An exhibition that offers a first look at the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
Open from Wed 19th May to Thu 10th Feb 2022

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-05-19
Our Future Planet
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.
Open from Mon 11th Oct to Fri 11th Feb 2022

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-10-11
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time
Explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.
Open from Thu 15th Jul to Wed 23rd Feb 2022

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-07-15
Joy
London is and always has been a city of makers. Explore their stories in this display.
Open from Thu 7th Oct to Thu 24th Feb 2022

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2021-10-07
London Making Now
A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz as they represented evolving machinery, communications, and urban landscapes, shaped by what was an unprecedented ‘war in the air’.
Open from Sun 12th Sep to Sun 27th Feb 2022

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2021-09-12
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
An experimental site-specific exhibition of new work by young British artist, Jonny Briggs.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep to Sun 6th Mar 2022

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum
NW3 1LT
2021-09-22
Knots: Jonny Briggs x Burgh House
Showcasing previously unseen material from Paul McCartney’s personal archive, this display celebrates the life and art of one of the world’s most successful songwriters and performers.
Open from Fri 5th Nov to Sun 13th Mar 2022

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-11-05
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
An exhibition of new images by Himali Singh Soin with historian of science Alexis Rider inspired by the collection of Sir Richard Burton.
Open from Fri 19th Nov to Sun 13th Mar 2022

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-11-19
Unsettling the Source of the Nile
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.
Open from Sun 20th Jun to Wed 16th Mar 2022

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-06-20
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
This exhibition combines photographs taken by Shirley Baker of dogs in everyday settings, as well as at dog shows, providing an insight to her affection and admiration for man’s best friend.
Open from Thu 4th Nov to Fri 1st Apr 2022

The Kennel Club
W1J 8AB
2021-11-04
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien
A display exploring the central role food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.
Open from Fri 16th Jul to Sat 9th Apr 2022

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-07-16
Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place
Explore how windows take on cultural significance and surprisingly shape all our views on the world in an exhibition by the Tokyo-based Window Research Institute.
Open from Wed 1st Dec to Sun 10th Apr 2022

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-12-01
Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
This exhibition will trace more than 200 years of extraordinary experiences and intense activity on a river that has always been essential to the city’s survival.
Open from Fri 22nd Oct to Sun 8th May 2022

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-10-22
London: Port City
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 to Wed 25th May 2022

Vestry House Museum
E17 9NH
2021-11-25
Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave & Waltham Forest, 1989-1994
Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.
Open from Wed 17th Nov to Sun 5th Jun 2022

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-11-17
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom
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 to Thu 30th Jun 2022

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2021-09-10
Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature's Enigma
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 to Sun 18th Sep 2022

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-10-27
Life in a cup - coffee culture in the Islamic world

Exhibitions opening soon

This two-day exhibition features photographic prints taken between May and September 2020 by five members of the Catching the Light Photography Group.
Open from Sat 4th Dec to Sun 5th Dec
Ends this month

North London Hospice Winchmore Hill
N21 3AY
2021-12-04
Catching the Light Two
The most extensive display of Arts Council Collection acquisitions to date — highlights a diverse selection of contemporary art, featuring 18 artists.
Open from Fri 3rd Dec to Wed 15th Dec
Ends this month

Frieze Gallery
W1S 3LL
2021-12-03
Right About Now
For one week only, delve into a carefully curated private collection featuring over a hundred of the finest watches in the world.
Open from Fri 10th Dec to Thu 16th Dec
Ends this month

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-12-10
The Oak Collection
Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.
Open from Fri 10th Dec to Mon 18th Apr 2022

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-12-10
Kehinde Wiley
Follow the story of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, an elite British tank regiment whose men fought their way across North-West Europe in the final stages of the Second World War.
Open from Thu 9th Dec to Fri 6th May 2022

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-12-09
Brothers in Arms
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK.
Open from Tue 25th Jan 2022 to Sun 15th May 2022

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-01-25
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair.
Open from Sat 4th Dec to Sun 19th Jun 2022

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-04
Hair: Untold Stories