Top art exhibitions in London

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions, in recently reopened galleries or from the comfort of your own home.
A black-and-white photograph of Pablo Picasso sitting down, looking towards the camera as he draws on a canvas in front of him.
Pablo Picasso drawing in Antibes, summer 1946. Black-and-white photograph Photo © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019

Although some galleries are still temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, many are now reopening their doors.

If you’re in London, walk or cycle to your local gallery for some cultural immersion – just ensure you maintain social distancing and act responsibly while out and about.

Each of the reopened spaces has introduced measures to ensure your safety and many require you to book a time slot in advance for entry. Check with the individual venues in advance.

If you’re not in London or are at home shielding, there are still plenty of past and present London exhibitions to enjoy, for free, from your favourite spot on the couch.

Reopened and new exhibitions in London

Whether you live in north, south, east, west or central London, find some top exhibitions in London within walking or cycling distance of your home. 

Central London

Titian: Love, Desire, Death at National Gallery

Visit the National Gallery for a groundbreaking exhibition of Titian’s works, which reopens this July. The 16th-century painter is put in focus with Titian: Love, Desire, Death, showcasing six paintings based on myths and legends from Ovid’s Metamorphoses that are reunited for the first time in more than 400 years. 8 Jul-17 Jan

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Modern art doesn't get much more iconic than Andy Warhol's vibrant pop-art prints. Tate Modern takes you through a journey of the artist’s works – including the iconic Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe images – as it reflects on his personal story during times of social, political and technological change. 27 Jul-6 Sep

If you’re not near Bankside, watch the curator’s video tour of the Andy Warhol exhibition.

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi at Somerset House

Add a touch of extra fun(gi) this summer with a trip to Somerset House’s exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which reopens for an extended run. Learn how mushrooms play vital roles in ecosystems and see works from the likes of Beatrix Potter and Carsten Höller inspired by the humble fungus. 16 Jul-13 Sep

If you're not near Covent Garden and the Strand, explore the Mushrooms exhibition online

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 at The Photographers’ Gallery

Gaze at works by some of the most innovative international photographers of today, who are contenders for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020. This annual exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery sees contemporary works by shortlisted applicants take over the fourth and fifth floors of the Soho space. 14 Jul-20 Sep

Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain

Dive into an enormous collection of Aubrey Beardsley’s black-and-white drawings in one of the biggest exhibitions of the artist and illustrator’s work. Tate Britain’s exhibition covers more than 200 of his original illustrations, which shocked the late-Victorian period with themes of sexuality and identity. Until 20 Sep

If you’re not near Pimlico, enjoy video highlights of the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition.

Picasso and Paper at The Royal Academy of Arts

Embark on a paper trail of Pablo Picasso’s works with the reopening of the Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition Picasso and Paper. Spot more than 300 works, including studies for Guernica, collages and cut-outs from the artist’s 80-year career. 16 Jul-2 Aug (open to Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts from 9 Jul)

If you’re not near central London, enjoy a 40-minute video tour of the Picasso and Paper exhibition.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery

Look into how masculinity has evolved from the 1960s to today with Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery. From perceptions and stereotypes, to gay identity, patriarchy, power and the #MeToo movement, men are firmly put into the spotlight with photographs and films from more than 50 artists. 13 Jul-23 Aug

George IV: Art and Spectacle at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Admire art-loving King George IV’s collection of some of the best paintings, objects and furniture of his day at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. George IV: Art and Spectacle includes Flemish masterpieces, 18th-century works portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and more treasures from the Royal Collection. 23 Jul-1 Nov

North London

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Get a taste for futurism at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art's exhibition Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life. The exhibition brings together rarely seen works by Tullio Crali, who was inspired by technology, flight and space exploration. 15 Jul-30 Aug

If you’re not near Islington, check out a series of videos for Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life.

East London

Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at Whitechapel Gallery

Figurative painting is given a foot up in Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition, Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium. Following a period when the style was out of vogue, the gallery showcases the works of a selection of artists who have been challenging these perceptions, bringing it back onto the agenda. 14 Jul-30 Aug

South London

No Realm of Thought… No Field of Vision at White Cube Bermondsey

Be transported into another realm, where everything is transient and temporary, as Cerith Wyn Evans fills White Cube Bermondsey with his contemporary works. Combining text, code, light and sound, No Realm of Thought… No Field of Vision showcases the artist’s ability to blur perspectives using different mediums. Until 2 Aug

West London

Cao Fei: Blueprints at Serpentine Galleries

Explore how the virtual world affects our perspective of – and relationship with – reality through Cao Fei’s immersive works, as part of Blueprints. Video, augmented reality and animations combine in this thought-provoking exhibition that takes over Serpentine Galleries’ spaces in Kensington Gardens. 4 Aug-13 Sep

Exhibitions to enjoy from home

Wherever you are, you can access these London exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.

Tracey Emin: I Thrive on Solitude at White Cube

Gain an insight into Tracey Emin's thoughts with intimate works inspired by her time spent isolated at home. Touching on themes of sanctuary and solitude, online exhibition I Thrive on Solitude at White Cube (which has galleries in Bermondsey and St James's) gives a unique glimpse into Emin’s relationship with the house in which she’s lived for 20 years. 

Among the Trees at Hayward Gallery

Welcome nature into your home with the magical Among the Trees exhibition from the Hayward Gallery. Be amazed by footage of striking tree-like installations and works involving real trees, as you go on a behind-the-scenes walkthrough of the exhibition with insights from gallery director Ralph Rugoff.

BP Portrait Award 2020 at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award exhibition moves online this year, due to the gallery’s three-year refurbishment. Move yourself through the gallery, stopping to see the portraits, which were selected from nearly 2,000 entries from across the world.

David Hockney at The Royal Academy of Arts

Sit back and tune into an Exhibition on Screen, as The Royal Academy of Arts revisits two of its recent David Hockney’s exhibitions. Hockney’s 2012 showcase A Bigger Picture goes back to the artist’s Yorkshire roots, while 2016 show 82 Portraits and One Still-Life puts LA’s art scene in the spotlight.

Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers at Black Cultural Archives

Explore the lives of five pioneering black British women who have overcome adversity to be leaders in their fields and in the public realm, with Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers. This online exhibition is made up of a series of photo portraits by award-winning photographer Joy Gregory and is presented by Black Cultural Archives

The Enchanted Interior at Guildhall Art Gallery

Study how women are depicted within interiors, often with sinister undertones of enforced isolation and entrapment, in The Enchanted Interior. This video tour of the Guildhall Art Gallery’s current exhibition includes highlights such as Pre-Raphaelite works centred around the mythical Lady of Shallot and pieces by contemporary female artists who challenge these previous themes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum

Get up close and personal to animals of all kinds as the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year moves online. Chance on an encounter between a Himalayan marmot and Tibetan fox, marvel at a colourful squid and discover more winning and commended entries to this annual competition.

The Hidden City by Emile Holba in the City of London

Seek out secret spots in the City of London with a series of photography exhibitions as part of The Hidden City by Emile Holba. The 2019 winner of the British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Awards delves into untold stories of the Culture Mile, the peculiarities of Barts Pathology Museum and goes behind the scenes at the Museum of London.

Illuminated River

Fancy a trip along the Thames without moving an inch? Spot the Illuminated River art installations across four London bridges with a virtual Google Arts & Culture tour. Switch between London Bridge, Canon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge using a nifty 360-degree tool.

Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday at The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery’s doors may be closed, but you can still see its masterpieces up close on a virtual tour around seven rooms that house works by Édouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh. Also browse its online exhibition, Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, which celebrates moments of everyday life, from joy to despair.

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