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Together with Paris and New York, London is regarded as one of the world’s most important cities for arts and culture. Though some of London’s most famous museums are located on and near Exhibition Road in South Kensington and in the City of Westminster,  there are plenty of museums and art galleries throughout the whole city. London has 8 of the 10 most visited museums in the United Kindom, with three of them – British Museum, Tate Modern, and National Gallery – constantly competing for the top spot. Yet, our suggestion is to also experience some of the newest and most innovative galleries in the city, such as the Serpentine and Sackler galleries in Kensington Gardens, and the brand new Design Museum.
Most of the city’s museum and cultural venues can be easily reached by the famous (and expensive) London Underground (which the locals call “the Tube”, you’ll understand why after traveling in some of its narrow coaches, especially on secondary lines…), if you are planning to use repeatedly the London public transport network (which is very efficient, indeed), we warmly suggest you save some money by buying a discounted travelcard, such as the Oyster card  or the like.

Cover image, the National Gallery main facade on Trafalgar Square; photo © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit

museums in London

Barbican Centre – Barbican Art Gallery, London

Barbican Centre – Barbican Art Gallery, London

London - Silk Street
closed on: open every day
The Barbican Centre is a multidisciplinary art center, including theaters and art galleries, and one of the best examples of British Brutalist architecture
British Museum, London

British Museum, London

London - Great Russell Street
closed on: open every day, except January 1, Good Friday and December 24, 25 & 26
The British Museum in London is one of the most important museums in the World, with an exceptional collection of archaeological finds and classic art
Design Museum – London

Design Museum – London

London - 224-238 Kensington High Street
closed on: open daily, except December 24,25 and 26
The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London, covering all fields of design, from architecture to graphic design, from fashion to industrial design
Imperial War Museum London | IWM

Imperial War Museum London | IWM

London - Lambeth Road
closed on: open daily, except December 24, 25 & 26
The Imperial War Museum London is a British museum of history, focusing on conflicts with special attention to people's experience of war and wartime life
Museum of London, Barbican Centre

Museum of London, Barbican Centre

London - London Wall, 150
closed on: open daily, except December 24, 25 & 26
The Museum of London, located at the Barbican Centre, is the main museum dedicated to the history of the city of London from prehistory to the present day
National Gallery, London

National Gallery, London

London - Trafalgar Square
closed on: open every day, except January 1 and December 24–26
Located on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery in London is one of the world's most famous and most visited museums exclusively dedicated to painting.
National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

London - St Martin’s Place
closed on: open daily
The National Portrait Gallery in Central London is a museum dedicated to portraiture and one of the most popular cultural destinations in Britain
Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London

London - Cromwell Road
closed on: open daily, except December 24, 25 & 26
The Natural History Museum in London is one of the world's largest science museums; founded in 1756, it is housed in a Victorian building on Exhibition Road
RA – Royal Academy of Arts, London

RA – Royal Academy of Arts, London

London - Burlington House, Piccadilly
closed on: open daily, closed from December 11, 2018 to January 12, 2019
The Royal Academy of Arts in London (RA) is a museum on Piccadilly and one of the world's most prestigious institutions devoted to the promotion of the arts
Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

London - Duke of York's HQ, King's Road
closed on: open daily
The Saatchi Gallery is a well-reputed contemporary art gallery in Central London, housed in the Duke of York Headquarters palace on King's road
Science Museum, London

Science Museum, London

London - Exhibition Road
closed on: open daily, except December 24, 25 & 26
Founded in 1857, the Science Museum in London is a world-famous museum focused on Science, Medicine, Information technology, and Engineering
Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

London - Kensington Gardens
closed on: open during exhibitions
The Serpentine Gallery at the Kensington Gardens, London, is one of the most important contemporary art centers and exhibition venues in the United Kingdom
Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

London - Kensington Gardens
closed on: open during exhibitions
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is a contemporary art center in London, located in the Kensington Gardens, which organizes important temporary exhibitions
Somerset House & Courtauld Gallery, London

Somerset House & Courtauld Gallery, London

London - Strand
closed on: open daily, except December 25. Courtauld Gallery closed until 2020
Somerset House is a well-known contemporary art center and a Neoclassical palace in central London; it also houses the Courtauld Gallery (currently closed)
Tate Britain

Tate Britain

London - Millbank
closed on: open every day, except December 24, 25 & 26
The Tate Britain is a famous museum in Central London presenting British art from the 16th century to the present day, from Van Dyck to Damien Hirst
Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern, London

London - Bankside
closed on: open every day, except December 24-26
The Tate Modern in London is a renowned museum of modern and contemporary art, housed in former power plant redeveloped after a design by architects Herzog & de Meuron
The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery

London - Ramillies Street, 16 – 18
closed on: open daily
The Photographers’ Gallery in London is the leading center in the UK exclusively focused on British and international modern and contemporary photography
Victoria and Albert Museum – V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum – V&A

London - Cromwell Road
closed on: open daily, except 24, 25 & 26 December
The V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum in London is Britain's largest museum exclusively focused on decorative arts, architecture, design, and fashion

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London | The renovated V&A Museum by Amanda Levete Architects

London | The renovated V&A Museum by Amanda Levete Architects

In June 30, 2017 has been unveiled to the public the renovated Victoria and Albert Museum in London designed by AL_A, Amanda Levete Architects

London | Mathematics gallery at the Science museum – Zaha Hadid Architects

London | Mathematics gallery at the Science museum – Zaha Hadid Architects

On December 8, 2016, the Science Museum in London opens a new permanent exhibition dedicated to mathematics, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

London | Alexandra Palace regeneration by FCB

London | Alexandra Palace regeneration by FCB

The regeneration project of the Alexandra Palace in London by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios includes the conversion of historical BBC Studios into a museum

London | The Switch House and the New Tate Modern 2016

London | The Switch House and the New Tate Modern 2016

The New Tate Modern in London, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opens on June 17, 2016 after an architectural expansion and a complete exhibition redesign

London | The Darwin Centre phase 2

London | The Darwin Centre phase 2

The Darwin Centre phase II with it famous Cocoon, designed by C. F. Møller Architects, is a spectacular addition to the Natural History Museum in London

London | War by the eyes of people | IWM

London | War by the eyes of people | IWM

The new Atrium installation and World War One Gallery by Casson Mann at the Imperial War Museum London, opened on July 2014 and a preview of the WW2 gallery

Everyone can make art at the Tate Modern!

Everyone can make art at the Tate Modern!

Bloomberg Connects, an ensemble of interactive digital projects supported by Bloomberg, is active from September 2013 at the Tate Modern in London

London | Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid

London | Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid, is the newest exhibition venue by the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington Gardens, Central London

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“Emotional States”, London Design Biennale 2018 | program of exhibitions

“Emotional States”, London Design Biennale 2018 | program of exhibitions

Exhibitions and events of London Design Biennale 2018, entitled "Emotional States", taking place at Somerset House in London from September 4 to 23, 2018

London | Christo installs a floating pyramid made up of oil barrels in Hyde Park

London | Christo installs a floating pyramid made up of oil barrels in Hyde Park

Entitled London Mastaba, a new sculptural installation by Christo, made up of over 7.500 oil barrels, is now afloat on Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake, London

London | Acclaimed designers and artists create unique dog kennels for charity

London | Acclaimed designers and artists create unique dog kennels for charity

London, 65 architects, designers and artists, including Zaha Hadid Design, have created bespoke dog kennels to support UK charity Blue Cross for Pets

London |  LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 at the Design Museum London

London | LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 at the Design Museum London

The finalists' works of the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018 will be exhibited at The Design Museum, London from 4 May through 17 June 2018.

London | Superflex installs playful swings in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

London | Superflex installs playful swings in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Until April 2, the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern hosts an installation, designed by the Danish collective Superflex, entitled “One, two three Swing!”

London | And the winners are…The winners of the 10th Beazley Designs of the Year

London | And the winners are…The winners of the 10th Beazley Designs of the Year

The Design Museum in London has revealed the winners of the 10th annual Beazley Designs of the Year. The exhibition is open until 18 February 2018

London | Ferrari: Under the Skin, at the Design Museum from 15 November

London | Ferrari: Under the Skin, at the Design Museum from 15 November

The Design Museum in London announces Ferrari: Under the Skin, a major exhibition exploring the history and design of Ferrari.

Beazley Designs of the Year Awards | Exhibition at the Design Museum in London

Beazley Designs of the Year Awards | Exhibition at the Design Museum in London

The exhibition of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 will be open from October 18, 2017 through January 28, 2018 at the Design Museum in London

London Design Festival 2017 | the program at the V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum

London Design Festival 2017 | the program at the V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum

LDF continues its relationship with the Victoria and Albert Museum and, also for this edition, the program at the V&A includes installations and talks

London Design Festival: 2 landmark projects from the 2017 edition

London Design Festival: 2 landmark projects from the 2017 edition

London Design Festival 2017: two landmark projects from this year's edition: Urban Cabin by Mini Living with Sam Jacob, and Studio Villa Walala by Camille Walala

London | Plywood: Material of the Modern World at the Victoria & Albert Museum

London | Plywood: Material of the Modern World at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Light, strong and versatile: from July 15, V&A Museum presents the history of plywood in a new exhibition exploring a material that “made the modern world”

London | California designing freedom at the Design Museum

London | California designing freedom at the Design Museum

From 24 May through 15 October, 2017 the new Design Museum in Kensington High street, London presents the exhibition “California designing freedom”.

London | Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House at Central Saint Martins

London | Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House at Central Saint Martins

A Futuro House, the futuristic abode designed by architect Matti Suuronen in the '60s has landed onto a roof of the Central Saint Martins in London

London | Diébédo Francis Kéré to design 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

London | Diébédo Francis Kéré to design 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

Francis Kéré, leader of Berlin-based Kéré Architecture, will be the architect to design the 2017 edition of the Serpentine Galleries pavilion in London

London | Winners of the Designs of the Year / the exhibition at the Design Museum

London | Winners of the Designs of the Year / the exhibition at the Design Museum

Better Shelter by J. Karlsson, D. Kanter, C. Gustafsson, J. van Leer, T.de Haas, N. Barlera, the IKEA Foundation, & UNHCR has been named Design of the Year

London | Pink Floyd: Their mortal remains at V&A Museum from May 2017

London | Pink Floyd: Their mortal remains at V&A Museum from May 2017

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, running from 13 May through 1 October, 2017 will be an immersive journey through Pink Floyd’s world.

“Fear and Love” at the new Design Museum in London, from November 24

“Fear and Love” at the new Design Museum in London, from November 24

The exhibition "Fear and Love. Reactions to a complexe world" is one of the events programmed for the Design Museum opening in Kensington-west London.

London | “we live in the office”, an exhibition by Giles Round at RIBA

London | “we live in the office”, an exhibition by Giles Round at RIBA

Until 5 February, 2017, the Royal Institute of British Architects presents “WE LIVE IN THE OFFICE”, a commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round

The London Design Biennale from 7 through 27 September 2016

The London Design Biennale from 7 through 27 September 2016

Taking place at Somerset House the first LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE will be open to the public for three-weeks, from 7 through 27 September 2016

The London Design Festival 2016 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The London Design Festival 2016 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

As the core location of the London Design Festival 2016 the Victoria & Albert Museum will house exhibitions, installations, events, talks and workshops.

London | Asif Khan’s Serpentine Summer House 2016

London | Asif Khan’s Serpentine Summer House 2016

For his design for the Serpentine Summer House 2016 program, British architect Asif Khan conceived a sun-responsive curvilinear "tea house" made in timber

London | Yona Friedman – Serpentine Summer House 2016

London | Yona Friedman – Serpentine Summer House 2016

The Summer House in London designed by Yona Friedman for Serpentine Galleries is a modular structure inspired by his seminal project "The Spatial City"

London |  Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Barkow Leibinger

London | Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger designed their Summer House in Kensington Gardens, London, for Serpentine Galleries as a round-shaped open structure made of plywood loops

London | Serpentine Summer house 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi

London | Serpentine Summer house 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi

The Serpentine Summer House designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi in London is a joyful celebration of the sense and basic components of architecture

London | Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by BIG – BJarke Ingels Group

London | Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by BIG – BJarke Ingels Group

London. The 2016 Serpentine Summer Pavilion at Kensington Gardens by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group is based on a “warped” brick wall.

Strange and Familiar: Britain through the eyes of photographers

Strange and Familiar: Britain through the eyes of photographers

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, at the Barbican Gallery, is a visual investigation on 7 decades of British life

London | Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A Museum

London | Botticelli Reimagined at the V&A Museum

The exhibition Botticelli Reimagined, on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London depicts the influence of Botticelli on modern art, fashion and film

London | The “8th Continent” at Trafalgar Square

London | The “8th Continent” at Trafalgar Square

The "8th Continent" installation by Luzinterruptus at Trafalgar Square, made of 13,000 illuminated plastic bottles, evokes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The cycling revolution – Design Museum London

The cycling revolution – Design Museum London

Will two wheels change our future? "Cycle Revolution" at the Design Museum London depicts the world of cycling, its vehicles, social behaviours and tribes

London | Rain interactive by Luzinterruptus

London | Rain interactive by Luzinterruptus

The installation Rain Light by Luzinterruptus at the Totally Thames festival in London is made of 3000 self-lighting condoms filled with blue water

London | The Eames Office’s design on exhibition

London | The Eames Office’s design on exhibition

The exhibition "The world of Charles and Ray Eames" at the Barbican Art Gallery outlines the career of 2 of the most acclaimed designers of the 20th century

London | Visual art beyond vision – “Sensorium” at Tate Britain

London | Visual art beyond vision – “Sensorium” at Tate Britain

The revolutionary exhibition Sensorium running at Tate Britain in London from 26 August 2015 investigates how 4 paintings could be perceived by all 5 senses

London | “Life on Foot” at the Design Museum

London | “Life on Foot” at the Design Museum

The exhibition "Life on Foot" at the Design Museum in London until November 2015 depicts, by the example of Camper, the fascinating process of making shoes

2015 Design of the Year winners announced in London

2015 Design of the Year winners announced in London

The Design Museum in London has just announced the winners of the 8th edition of the Design of the Year award in 6 categories from Architecture to Transport

Serpentine Galleries Pavilions; a history

Serpentine Galleries Pavilions; a history

A history by images of all Serpentine Galleries Summer Pavilions at Kensington Gardens in London, from 2000 (Zaha Hadid) through 2018 (Frida Escobedo)

London | The artist’s “Magnificent Obsessions”

London | The artist’s “Magnificent Obsessions”

London, the exhibition Magnificent Obsessions: the artist as collector at the Barbican Centre invites the visitors to take a dive into collecting obsessions

Lavier’s Fountain at Serpentine Galleries

Lavier’s Fountain at Serpentine Galleries

London. In the ground facing the Serpentine Sackler Gallery there's a large scale fountain made of garden hoses...

London | Wyn Evans at Serpentine

London | Wyn Evans at Serpentine

Until November 9, 2014, the Serpentine Sackler Galleryin London presents an intriguing exhibition of works by the Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans

London | Urban Plunge at Roca Gallery

London | Urban Plunge at Roca Gallery

Urban Plunge exhibition , Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid: swimming at + Pool in East River NY, House of Water Island Brygge, Copenhagen, London new baths

The London Design Festival at the V&A

The London Design Festival at the V&A

The Victoria and Albert museum houses various exhibitions connected to the 2014 London Design Festival, we present here three interesting installations

A place called home|London Design Festival

A place called home|London Design Festival

"A place called home" is the landmark project of the 2014 London Design Festival features 4 houses by Jasper Morrison, Studioilse, Patternity, Raw Edges

London | Serpentine Galleries pavilion 2014

London | Serpentine Galleries pavilion 2014

The Serpentine Galleries temporary Summer pavilion 2014 at Kensington Gardens in London, a fiberglass shell designed by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic

London | Spring Forest in Clerkenwell

London | Spring Forest in Clerkenwell

Spring Forest is a temporary installation realised in 2012 for the yearly London design festival Clerkenwell Design Week by Draisci Studio

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