London museums are a hit partly due to the fact that many permit free entry to their permanent galleries, and partly due to the incredible exhibitions they host throughout the year. Make the most of special offers on London hotels and satisfy your inner culture vulture.
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
As symbolic of Japan as zen gardens, the kimono has mystified the sartorially curious and inspired the fashion industry. Both traditional and forward-thinking, it has a variety of personalities. Discover its history and its future at this exhibition.
V&A, until 21 Jun 2020
Driverless: Who is in Control?
This free, special exhibition is perfect for those on a budget. Come and delve into the world of Artificial Intelligence and its effect on modern technology. Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles.
Science Museum, until 6 Sept 2020
This major retrospective of the pop art superstar shows some of Warhol’s most iconic pieces as well as works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series are on show.
Tate Modern, until 6 Sept 2020
In 17th-century Europe, when women artists weren’t widely tolerated, Artemisia was exceptional. She challenged conventions and defied expectations to become a successful artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time. In the first major UK exhibition of her work, see her greatest paintings and hear her voice.
National Gallery, 4 Apr – 26 Jul 2020
Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights
Find out how current feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. Hear the stories behind inspirational women such as Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford University. See diverse objects across artwork, protest fashion and banners.
British Library, 24 Apr – 23 Aug 2020
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
Calling all Potter fans, this new exhibition is dedicated to the legendary beasts of Harry Potter. Expect to see digital installations alongside scientific specimens, and discover how we can protect the extraordinary creatures of our world.
Natural History Museum, 22 May 2020 – 3 Jan 2021
Arctic: Culture & Climate
Often imagined as an inhospitable hinterland, this exhibition sets out to prove this theory incorrect. Home to cultures that trace back 30,000 years, items exhibited include jewellery made from mammoth ivory and modern snow mobiles. Find out how Arctic civilisations formed a respect for their environment in order to survive.
British Museum, 28 May – 23 Aug 2020
Opening just in time for autumn, this fascinating yet morbid exhibition explores the dark history of public executions in London. It looks into the roles played by spectators as well as those executed. Objects on display will include the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I during his execution.
Museum of London, 16 Oct 2020 – 18 Apr 2021
Stay at hotels near Paddington Station London for the thrill of having all of these exhibitions on your doorstep.