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

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

Discover over 100 years of intrigue, deceit and real-life secret agents.
Open from Fri 29th Sep 2023 to Sun 14th Apr
Ends this month

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2023-09-29
Spies, Lies and Deception
A monumental sculptural installation made of thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments.
Open from Tue 10th Oct 2023 to Sun 14th Apr
Ends this month

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2023-10-10
El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon
A site-specific art installation exploring ritual and remembrance, death and loss by Bea Denton at the Grade-I listed Summer House, Charlton House & Gardens.
Open from Thu 14th Mar to Sun 14th Apr
Ends this month

Charlton House
SE7 8RE
2024-03-14
Songs of Lamentation
The Derwent Art Prize invites artists around the world to enter the very best artworks created in pencil.
Open from Thu 4th Apr to Sun 14th Apr
Ends this month

gallery@oxo
SE1 9PH
2024-04-04
Derwent Art Prize 2024
This free display brings together ten works by the two artists: with four views of Yorkshire by Turner and five scenes of Normandy and Venice by Bonington.
Open from Wed 20th Sep 2023 to Sun 21st Apr
Ends this month

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2023-09-20
Turner and Bonington: Watercolours from the Wallace Collection
Experience Ainu culture as it exists today in this exploration of the contemporary lives of this indigenous people of northern Japan.
Open from Tue 2nd Jan to Sun 21st Apr
Ends this month

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-01-02
Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River
This bold new exploration of glass in the UK brings together for the very first time rarely seen works from key UK collections, celebrating this remarkable material.
Open from Sat 27th Jan to Sun 21st Apr
Ends this month

Two Temple Place
WC2R 3BD
2024-01-27
The Glass Heart
An exhibition of tea towels that have been overlaid with a statement to create a different perspective in a gently humorous and sometimes wicked way.
Open from Mon 4th Mar to Sun 21st Apr
Ends this month

Riverside Studios
W6 9BN
2024-03-04
The Subversive Stitcher Tea Towel Series
Oxford House hosts Falmouth University's annual photography exhibition, revealing the hidden life of Bethnal Green over the course of a single 24-hour period.
Open from Mon 25th Mar to Fri 26th Apr
Ends this month

131 Thornlaw Road
SE27 0SQ
2024-03-25
Falmouth University Exhibition: 24 Hours in Bethnal Green
An exhibition marking the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France.
Open from Thu 28th Mar to Sat 27th Apr
Ends this month

Institut français du Royaume-Uni
SW7 2DT
2024-03-28
When Marianne and Britannia Meet
This exhibition explores notions of beauty across time and cultures.
Open from Thu 26th Oct 2023 to Sun 28th Apr
Ends this month

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2023-10-26
The Cult of Beauty
A large scale new commission from Hong-Kong based artist Zheng Bo, transforming Somerset House’s courtyard into a bamboo garden.
Open from Thu 22nd Feb to Sun 28th Apr
Ends this month

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2024-02-22
Zheng Bo: Bamboo as Method
Around 120 examples of the fusion between sportswear and fashion from the Westminster Menswear Archive.
Open from Fri 12th Apr to Sun 28th Apr
Ends this month

Ambika P3
NW1 5LS
2024-04-12
Umbro 100: Sportswear x Fashion
This exhibition finds conversations between various forms of abstraction, symbolism and figuration that were circulating and interacting in the visual culture of Brazil in the mid-20th century.
Open from Mon 26th Feb to Sun 5th May

Raven Row
E1 7LS
2024-02-26
Some May Work as Symbols: Art Made in Brazil, 1950s–70s
The Pillars of Our Latex House: A thanks to the gutta-percha tree and to those who keep it.
Open from Sat 23rd Mar to Thu 9th May

Watermans Arts Centre
TW8 0DS
2024-03-23
The Pillars of Our Latex House
Bethlem Museum of the Mind showcases Alison Lapper’s (b.1965) work that explores her journey of grief since the untimely death of her son Parys.
Open from Wed 7th Feb to Sat 11th May

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
BR3 3BX
2024-02-07
Alison Lapper: Lost in Parys
For his first show at the gallery in London since 2016, Oehlen continues to explore the rich possibilities and the future of painting.
Open from Thu 21st Mar to Sat 11th May

Gagosian Gallery
W1K 3QD
2024-03-21
Albert Oehlen - New Paintings
At the heart of the exhibition is a vast stained glass window that doubles as a chicken shop menu.
Open from Fri 22nd Mar to Sat 11th May

OOF Gallery
N17 0AP
2024-03-22
Fowl Play
How do you develop a vaccine quickly and effectively to combat a global pandemic?
Open from Wed 30th Nov 2022 to Sun 12th May

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-11-30
Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine
A small display of documents about Billingsgate Market in the Guildhall Art Gallery's Heritage room (lower basement).
Open from Sat 27th Jan to Thu 16th May

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2024-01-27
Billingsgate Market at the Heritage Gallery
Hissing snakes look on as men holding flaming torches set about burning numerous different human heads, masks, and shields.
Open from Wed 10th Apr to Sat 18th May

Castor
N1 0HN
2024-04-10
Fabian Ramírez: Firing of the Idols
A display exploring the body of literature about London by European writers from across the centuries.
Open from Fri 10th Nov 2023 to Mon 20th May

Bloomsbury Campus
WC1E 6BT
2023-11-10
Through photographs, possessions, interviews, maps and more, this exhibition explores the lives and stories of generations of UCL students.
Open from Fri 10th Nov 2023 to Mon 20th May

UCL Octagon Gallery
wc1e 6bt
2023-11-10
The museum exhibition features first-hand accounts of the horrors and moments of hope faced by doctors tackling the impact of the virus.
Open from Mon 25th Sep 2023 to Fri 24th May

Royal College of Physicians Museum
NW1 4LE
2023-09-25
This exhibition features personal stories, photographs and objects from from the 1950s to the present day.
Open from Sat 10th Feb to Sat 1st Jun

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-02-10
Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds
An exhibition about the west London hive of workshops and design studios that fed into some of the country’s most iconic Sci-Fi films and TV shows.
Open from Fri 20th Oct 2023 to Sun 2nd Jun

Gunnersbury Park and Museum
W5 4NH
2023-10-20
 Set to Stun: Designing & Filming Sci-Fi in West London
anciful Figures turns visitors’ attention to ‘staffage’, the small human and animal figures in architectural drawings, which became increasingly popular during the eighteenth century.
Open from Fri 22nd Mar to Sun 9th Jun

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2024-03-22
Fanciful Figures
A display of gems collected in classical times -- including some recently recovered by the British Museum from an alleged theft.
Open from Thu 15th Feb to Sat 15th Jun

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-15
Rediscovering gems
From 1970s activism to the current party scene, the exhibition displays five decades of Hackney life through a camera lens.
Open from Tue 13th Feb to Sat 15th Jun

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-02-13
An exhibition of delicate and intimate paintings and drawings from Kenyan-born, London-based artist Zeinab Saleh.
Open from Fri 19th Jan to Sun 23rd Jun

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-01-19
Art Now Zeinab Saleh
Robinson explores the ancient myth of Mithras through an immersive space, evocative of the initiation ceremonies thought to have been held in the Temple.
Open from Thu 1st Feb to Sat 29th Jun

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2024-02-01
Dream-Bridge-Omniglyph
An exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone is but why and how we got there.
Open from Fri 12th Jan to Mon 1st Jul

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-12
From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the Rise of Two Tone
This exhibition highlights far-right nationalist rhetoric from the 1970 – 90s and the anti-fascist, anti-racist responses that followed.
Open from Mon 29th Jan to Mon 1st Jul

Wiener Library
WC1B 5DP
2024-01-29
Crisis of Britishness? Immigration, Race and Nation in Modern Britain
The exhibition explores tea’s complex history and myriad of meanings – from its popularisation and globalisation connected to stories of imperialism and colonial violence.
Open from Sat 7th Oct 2023 to Sun 7th Jul

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2023-10-07
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
This exhibition follows the lives of British soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.
Open from Sun 22nd May 2022 to Wed 21st Aug

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2022-05-22
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
An exhibition of photos and artwork inspired by the brutalist appearance of the National Theatre.
Open from Fri 26th Jan to Sat 31st Aug

The National Theatre
SE1 9PX
2024-01-26
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
This exhibition explores some of the ways in which Shakespeare has shaped how we think about soldiers and the Army, and how we imagine war and its consequences today.
Open from Fri 6th Oct 2023 to Sun 1st Sep

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2023-10-06
Shakespeare and War
The 14 works on display provide a snapshot of digital art practices from the 1960s to early 2000s.
Open from Sat 30th Dec 2023 to Sun 15th Sep

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2023-12-30
Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary
This exhibition explores networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and national self-determination.
Open from Mon 4th Mar to Sun 15th Sep

LSE Library
WC2A 2HD
2024-03-04
A Say in the End of the World: Solidarity and Nuclear Defence in the Cold War
Loaned from Brighton Museum, this display showcases more than 300 years of popular British history.
Open from Sat 30th Dec 2023 to Sun 29th Sep

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2023-12-30
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery
Women of the RNLI at the National Maritime Museum celebrates the work of women in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Open from Sat 2nd Mar to Sun 1st Dec

National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF
2024-03-02
Women of the RNLI
An exhibition about the brain – the most complex and least understood part of the body – and the journey to map its intricate connections.
Open from Sat 2nd Mar to Sat 7th Dec

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2024-03-02
Hello Brain!
The exhibition is a joyful exploration of the body, drawing on the artist’s experience of becoming disabled as a child.
Open from Thu 21st Mar to Sun 12th Jan 2025

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2024-03-21
Jason and the Adventure of 254
Money and the way we use it has changed. This free exhibition responds directly to questions asked by the public about the future of money.
Open from Wed 28th Feb to Fri 29th Aug 2025

Bank of England Museum
EC2R 8AH
2024-02-28
The Future of Money

Exhibitions opening soon

Street photographer Steve Hollingshead celebrates this vibrant metropolis with a gallery-filling installation of 1001 individual photographs.
Open from Thu 18th Apr to Sun 28th Apr
Ends this month

gallery@oxo
SE1 9PH
2024-04-18
1001 Days in London
This exhibition about Sir Neville Marriner features record sleeves and boxes, photographs, awards, tributes from friends and colleagues and memorabilia from a life of great achievement and personal enjoyment.
Open from Mon 15th Apr to Sun 12th May

St Martin-in-the-Fields
WC2N 4JJ
2024-04-15
Set within the ornate Painters’ Hall, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the activities of the guild and the variety of work being produced by the freemen and liverymen of the fifth oldest of the 111 livery companies in the City of London.
Open from Tue 14th May to Wed 15th May

Painters' Hall
EC4V 2AD
2024-05-14
See Chihuly’s glass sculptures in the public spaces dotted around Chelsea Barracks.
Open from Mon 13th May to Sun 19th May

Chelsea Barracks
SW1W 8BG
2024-05-13
LCW - Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks
An exhibition showcasing traditional Chinese crafts alongside innovative modern designs.
Open from Mon 13th May to Sun 19th May

Chinese Embassy in the UK
EC3N 4QN
2024-05-13
LCW - Chinese Design: Harmony in Diversity
An exhibition in the Austrian Embassy of practices ranging from mouth-blown glass to traditional porcelain, hats, jewellery and more.
Open from Tue 14th May to Sun 19th May

The Austrian Embassy
SW1X 8PX
2024-05-14
During the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, loads of shops and streets around Chelsea and Belgravia become a free floral show all of their own.
Open from Wed 22nd May to Tue 28th May

Various locations
2024-05-22
Chelsea and Belgravia in Bloom
Coming to the market for the first time in more than 145 years, Titian’s early masterpiece "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" will be on display at Christie's auction house prior to being sold.
Open from Fri 28th Jun to Tue 2nd Jul

Christie's
SW1Y 6QT
2024-06-28
Rare chance to see a Titan painting prior to sale
This exhibition examines a collection of works on paper made by British colonialists in nineteenth-century India.
Open from Thu 25th Apr to Fri 12th Jul

The Peltz Gallery
WC1H 0PD
2024-04-25
Mary Beale (1633-1699) was one of Britain’s first professional woman artists and is subject of this exhibition featuring 25 of her works from public and private collections, including some never seen before in public.
Open from Thu 25th Apr to Fri 19th Jul

Philip Mould & Company
SW1Y 5LU
2024-04-25
Fruit of Friendship: Portraits by Mary Beale
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, 1610, lent by the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, will be displayed alongside another late work by the Italian artist from the National Gallery Collection, Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, about 1609–10.
Open from Thu 18th Apr to Sun 21st Jul

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-04-18
The Last Caravaggio
This exhibition showcases four award-winning photographers and filmmakers undertaking ground-breaking work in their practices of eco-conscious photography and film.
Open from Sun 26th May to Sun 28th Jul

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-05-26
METAMORPHOSIS
Degas’s Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando takes centre stage in this exhibition that sheds light on this work with newly discovered information about the painting and its sitter.
Open from Thu 6th Jun to Sun 1st Sep

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-06-06
Discover Degas & Miss La La
Degas’s 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando' takes centre stage in this exhibition that sheds light on this work with newly discovered information about the painting and its sitter.
Open from Thu 6th Jun to Sun 1st Sep

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-06-06
Discover Degas & Miss La La
Take a deeper look into the human experience of conflict with Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington at IWM London.
Open from Sat 20th Apr to Sun 29th Sep

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2024-04-20
Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington
The National Gallery celebrates the first public display in a decade, following conservation, of a masterpiece of Italian Mannerism, Parmigianino’s Madonna and Child with Saints
Open from Thu 5th Dec to Sun 9th Mar 2025

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-12-05
Parmigianino: The Vision of Saint Jerome