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

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

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
The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and sculpture by Oliver Enwonwu, as well as works by his father, the acclaimed pioneer African modernist artist, Ben Enwonwu.
Open from Tue 21st May to Sat 1st Jun

Mall Galleries
SW1Y 5BD
2024-05-21
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
Bella Hoare’s solo exhibition 'A Different Green' showcases paintings that celebrate femininity and its relationship with the natural world.
Open from Wed 22nd May to Sun 2nd Jun

gallery@oxo
SE1 9PH
2024-05-22
Bella Hoare | A Different Green
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
Photography has long been associated with acts of resistance. It is used to document action, share ideas, inspire change, tell stories, gather evidence and fight against injustice.
Open from Fri 8th Mar to Sun 9th Jun

South London Gallery
SE15 5LQ
2024-03-08
Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest
A chance to see the very red portrait of King Charles III that was recently unveiled.
Open from Thu 16th May to Fri 14th Jun

Philip Mould Gallery
SW1Y 5LU
2024-05-16
Jonathan Yeo's Portrait of Charles III
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 costumes inspired by Englands's many folk traditions.
Open from Tue 9th Apr to Sat 22nd Jun

UAL: London College of Fashion
E20 2AR
2024-04-09
Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain
This exhibition presents the emergence of Indian modern art as a quest for cultural independence.
Open from Thu 11th Apr to Sat 22nd Jun

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2024-04-11
Danish artist, Anders Scrmn Meisner, presents a playful new series of paintings that explore the emotional value of objects and the power of visual storytelling.
Open from Fri 24th May to Sat 22nd Jun

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (Wandsworth)
SW18 1TG
2024-05-24
Shark Smiles and Sunflowers
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
For this exhibition each artist has generated work on the theme of the sky and its symbolic significance within the Nordic and Estonian cultural context.
Open from Fri 3rd May to Sat 6th Jul

Pontone Gallery
W1T 3DB
2024-05-03
Lost Summer Skies | Kristi Kongi & Tõnis Saadoja
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 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
Thick, Stretchy, Sticky Space features digital paintings and video works that delve into speculative landscapes.
Open from Fri 10th May to Sun 14th Jul

IMT Gallery
E2 9NQ
2024-05-10
Fran Hayes | Thick, Stretchy, Sticky Space
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
Featuring works created between 1956 and 1981, this exhibition traces the evolution of Schneider’s formal vocabulary through the post-war years.
Open from Fri 3rd May to Sat 20th Jul

Cardi Gallery
W1S 4EX
2024-05-03
Gérard Schneider
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
Leica Gallery London is exhibiting Simon Wheatley’s series Silverlink, all shot with the Leica M-System and exclusively printed for the first time.
Open from Fri 17th May to Sun 21st Jul

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2024-05-17
Simon Wheatley - Silverlink
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
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
This exhibition brings together the work of these two cultural icons for the very first time.
Open from Wed 15th May to Sun 25th Aug

Studio Voltaire
SW4 7JR
2024-05-15
Beryl Cook / Tom of Finland
This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the ordination of 1200 women to the priesthood in the Church of England.
Open from Tue 9th Apr to Thu 29th Aug

Lambeth Palace Library
SE1 7JT
2024-04-09
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 first solo presentation in a London institution for the trailblazing artist, author, educator, and feminist icon Judy Chicago
Open from Thu 23rd May to Sun 1st Sep

Serpentine North Gallery
W2 2AR
2024-05-23
Judy Chicago: Revelations
The artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years interrogates the ecological impact of colonialisation, imperialism's legacy on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.
Open from Fri 12th Apr to Sun 1st Sep

Serpentine South Gallery
W2 3XA
2024-04-12
Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States
The first-ever, walk-through photography exhibition that tells the untold story of how Princess Diana changed the world – through the lens of her official photographer.
Open from Sat 25th May to Mon 2nd Sep

Dockside Vaults
E1W 1AT
2024-05-25
Princess Diana: Accredited Access Photography Exhibition
Japan’s leading creators share inspirational design that spans disciplines, regions and eras.
Open from Wed 15th May to Sun 8th Sep

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-05-15
Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN
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
A mini-retrospective of Screenprints that celebrates the collaboration between the artist Peter Hedegaard and his wife Isolde who together produced over 50 editions from 1965 to 1976.
Open from Sat 27th Apr to Sat 21st Sep

Rocket
E8 4QS
2024-04-27
Peter Hedegaard | 1960s & 1970s screenprints
See new creative works that unpack narratives of gender, race and imperialism at 66 Portland Place.
Open from Sat 27th Apr to Sat 21st Sep

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
W1B 1AD
2024-04-27
Raise the Roof
The most wide-ranging exhibition in the UK dedicated to Japanese folk-craft.
Open from Sun 28th Apr to Sun 22nd Sep

William Morris Gallery
E17 4PP
2024-04-28
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
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
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
An exhibition of diaries collected by the artist Dylan Jonas Stone.
Open from Wed 17th Apr to Sun 29th Sep

Maughan Library
WC2A 1LR
2024-04-17
An outdoor display of glass artwork by the American artist Dale Chihuly.
Open from Mon 13th May to Wed 30th Oct

Chelsea Barracks
SW1W 8BG
2024-05-13
Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks
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
Using photographs, maps, panoramas, trade cards, watercolours, and historic documents to explore the theme, this exhibition uncovers London's lost secrets.
Open from Mon 13th May to Wed 5th Feb 2025

London Metropolitan Archives
EC1R 0HB
2024-05-13
Lost Victorian City
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

Watch in wonder as The Mall Wood Green comes alive with a series of giant inflatable sculptures.
Open from Mon 3rd Jun to Sun 9th Jun

The Mall Wood Green
N22 6YQ
2024-06-03
An exhibition of Middlesex University MA Interiors work that reimagines the opportunities of existing buildings for sustainable redevelopment.
Open from Thu 6th Jun to Thu 13th Jun

Middlesex University
NW4 4BT
2024-06-06
Explore and be part of an ideas exhibition, for the redesign of the public realm outside the University of Westminster's Marylebone Campus.
Open from Mon 10th Jun to Sat 15th Jun

Univesity of Westminster's Marylebone Campus
NW1 5LS
2024-06-10
Brutalism sheds its grey reputation and is given a polychromatic reimagining at Gareth Gardner Gallery during London Festival of Architecture.
Open from Fri 7th Jun to Sun 16th Jun

Gareth Gardner gallery
SE8 4AL
2024-06-07
Christopher Hope-Fitch: Brutalism in Colour
Showing projects from architects, photographers and artists; works will range from creative investigations and propositions to tangible projects which aim to benefit the area.
Open from Sat 22nd Jun to Sun 23rd Jun

LEX 2
SE1 5EW
2024-06-22
If You Pass Go
Christie’s has been entrusted with selling Vivienne Westwood's estate, and ahead of the sale, many of the items will be displayed in the auction house.
Open from Fri 14th Jun to Mon 24th Jun

Christie's
SW1Y 6QT
2024-06-14
Pre-sale exhibition of Vivienne Westwood clothes and collections
Stern Pissarro Gallery will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition.
Open from Thu 30th May to Sat 29th Jun

Stern Pissarro Gallery
SW1A 1NE
2024-05-30
Celebrating 150 years of Impressionism
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
Works by some of the leading names in contemporary art are being displayed at Fitzrovia Chapel in an exploration of witchcraft, womanhood, feminism and satire.
Open from Wed 3rd Jul to Fri 12th Jul

Fitzrovia Chapel
W1T 3BF
2024-07-03
The Witch Burns
This exhibition by Judit Ferencz comprises hand-made books and booklets which trace the lifecycle of the East London council estate Robin Hood Gardens (1972).
Open from Sat 1st Jun to Sat 20th Jul

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2024-06-01
A Book of Hours for Robin Hood Gardens
Carey's monumental installations, including works from the series 'Stand' and 'Found', have been reimagined to resonate with the architectural features of 100 Bishopsgate.
Open from Sat 1st Jun to Tue 20th Aug

100 Bishopsgate
EC2M 1GT
2024-06-01
Jodie Carey: Beyond the Matrix
The first mid-career retrospective of one of the most influential Arab contemporary artists of this century.
Open from Wed 17th Jul to Thu 22nd Aug

Christie's
SW1Y 6QT
2024-07-17
Ahmed Mater: Chronicles
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
An exhibition exploring 140 years of social history in East London.
Open from Thu 6th Jun to Fri 20th Dec

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2024-06-06
History House 140
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