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Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions! See what's on and catch these great London exhibitions.

Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design at London Transport Museum

buses at London Transport Museum

See iconic posters used on the London public transport system with Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design at the London Transport Museum. The exhibition commemorates the work of influential female designers such as Dora Batty, Laura Knight and Freda Lingstrom, through a display of graphics, books, photographs and ceramics. Until 31 Jan 2019. Book now

Charles II: Art and Power at the Queen's Gallery

Charles II: Art and Power

Retrace the history of one of the most influential kings in British history with Charles II: Art and Power at the Queen's Gallery. Discover how art played an essential role in helping Charles II to regain legitimacy and return from exile, through an impressive collection of artworks, including paintings by Orazio Gentileschi and Leonardo da Vinci. Until 13 May 

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography at National Portrait Gallery

Old photograph of a young lady sit at a table

Retrace the origins of the photographic medium with Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography at the National Portrait Gallery. Delve into the themes and style of Victorian photography through a display of rarely seen works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, Lewis Carroll and more. Until 20 May

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins at Barbican Art Gallery

Black and white photograph of a man and a woman 

Explore subcultures and marginalised communities with Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins at Barbican Art Gallery. The exhibition features 20 groundbreaking photographers who explored themes of gender and sexuality, minority groups and drugs, including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark and Boris Mikhailov. Until 27 May

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture at National Gallery 

Painting of the Grand Canal, Venice, by Claude Monet

Admire rarely seen works from the master of Impressionism with Monet & Architecture at the National Gallery. The first solo show of Monet’s work for almost 20 years, the exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most impressive architectural paintings, including beautiful depictions of London, Paris and Venice. 9 Apr-29 Jul

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain

Detail of a portrait of a girl by Jenny Saville

See how 20th-century British artists depicted life’s most intimate aspects with All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain. Featuring works from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, among others, the display explores how figurative painting can communicate our deepest emotions. Until 27 Aug

Somewhere in Between at Wellcome Collection

A lady floats underwater in an image titled Under, 2015 by Martina Amati, which is part of Somewhere in Between at Wellcome Collection. Image courtesy of Wellcome Collection. Copyright Martina Amati.

Take a closer look at the human body with Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection. Artists Daria Martin, Maria McKinney, John Walter and Martina Amati worked alongside scientists to create four compelling installations delving into the world of human science and genetics. Until 27 Aug

Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at Old Royal Naval College

Restorers studying a fresco

See the largest painted ceiling in London, as it is being renovated, during one of the Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at Old Royal Naval College. Be amazed by the details of the Baroque masterpiece from an 18m-high (60ft) vantage point, and learn more about artist Sir James Thornhill’s outstanding work. Until 2 Sep

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern

Portrait of a woman by Picasso

Relive one of the most important years in the Spanish artist’s career with Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern. The display explores, month by month, the most important events in Picasso’s life and work during 1932. This was a pivotal moment in his career, culminating in some of his most famous paintings. Until 9 Sep

The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum

Photograph of two pigeons eating chips on a beach 

Discover how some of Britain’s most acclaimed photographers have captured the essence of seaside experiences with The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum. The exhibition’s highlights include 20 new works from Martin Parr, alongside photographs from Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts. Until 30 Sep

Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood


Delve into the mysterious world of the unconscious with Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Explore the idea that toys may come to life through compelling art installations and surreal works. Until 20 Jan 2019

Harry Potter Graphics at House of MinaLima

Have you ever dreamt of receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter? Then head to the House of MinaLima in London’s West End, and surround yourself with props and artworks from the Harry Potter films with Harry Potter Graphics. See original wizardry franchise projects, graphic work and objects by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers behind the Harry Potter movie artworks. Ongoing