Top 10 Museum Exhibitions

Many of London's museums are free to enter, but they also offer a wide range of temporary paid-for exhibitions. Don't miss these fantastic London museum exhibitions as selected by our editorial team. 

War Story: Afghanistan

Head to the Imperial War Museum for a revealing look at the day-to-day lives of combat soldiers at War Story: Afghanistan 2014. Focussing on the personal details of the soldiers, this is a fascinating presentation of troop experiences. 23 Oct-6 Sep

Shoes: Pleasure And Pain

Delve into a world of beauty and suffering at the V&A with its fascinating story of footwear, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, with examples of rare, historic and also some very famous pairs of shoes on display. 13 Jun-31 Jan

Coral Reefs

Experience the colourful wonders of the deep at the Natural History Museum’s latest spectacular exhibition, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea. Inspect more than 200 weird and wonderful specimens from the museum’s vast collection. 27 Mar-13 Sep

The Alice Look

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's much-loved trip to Wonderland with The Alice Look at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Highlights include book cover designs by Vivienne Westwood, photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Japanese Lolita clothing. 2 May-1 Nov


Discover the surprising secret powers that your diet holds over you with Cravings: can your food control you? at the Science Museum. Find out how a person’s current and future appetites have already been decided. Until Jan 2016

Elvis at The O2

This fantastic new retrospective chronicles the creation of an icon, from humble origins in Mississippi to dizzying heights as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. More than 300 of Elvis Presley's personal items will be on show at The O2, including iconic stage costumes, guitars, photographs, vehicles and audio and video clips. Until 10 Jul

The Fabric of India

Travel back in time and witness the colour and beauty of historic textiles with The Fabric of India at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Get up close to around 200 handmade items to marvel at the technical mastery of those who have produced these treasures, from the earliest known textile fragments to contemporary fashion. 3 Oct-10 Jan

Crime Museum Uncovered

Delve into the murky world of murder, theft, gangs and violence with The Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London. Objects and evidence from the Great Train Robbery of 1963 to the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist are on display. 9 Oct-10 Apr

Fashion on the Ration

Take a trip back in time and experience the trends of wartime Britain with Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style at the Imperial War Museum London. This creative exhibition shows a snapshot of history, boasting more than 300 exhibits ranging from photographs and artworks to clothes and accessories. Until 31 Aug