London Calendar



The Design Museum London‎

Design Museum

Following a long search for larger premises to expand its activities, in 2008 the Design Museum selected the former 1960s building in Kensington High Street, West London, as its new home. This unique landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that been transformed. The building is now fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its unique spatial quality. The Design Museum London is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design: from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.

Venue: The Design Museum -224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG.

Diana: Her Fashion Story


      Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales

A major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of garments, including the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Venue: Kensington Palace
until 18 Feb 2018

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative traditionBAL-envelope-dress

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 28 Jan 2018

Basquiat Boom for Real


The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others.

Venue: Barbican Art Gallery
until 2 Apr 2018

REFLECTIONS Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites


Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. Discover how van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.

Venue: National Gallery
until 25 Feb 2018

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics


Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 21 Jan 2018

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys


In the early 1920s, Soutine became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over the next decade, these humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France. The resulting series of portraits offer powerful images of a new social class of service personnel, who moved from aristocratic households of past centuries to the luxury hotels and restaurants that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Venue: Courtauld Gallery
until 21 Jan 2018

Louise Dahl–Wolfe: A Style of Her Own


Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. This is the first major retrospective of her work in the UK, and a key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as leading contributor to Harper’s Bazaar.Considered a pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition highlights how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman.

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum
until 28 Jan 2018

Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

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One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson is known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters and books, a phenomenon which continues to stretch across generations. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however, are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 2 Feb 2018

Cézanne Portraits

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century and his unique method of building form with colour and analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists.  T his major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery
until 7 May 2018


The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904) is the first exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history. Highlighting their engagement with British culture, traditions and social life, their art is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists and the remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed

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Portrait 1876 James Tissot

Venue: Tate Britain
until 18 Feb 2018



2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life. A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers

Venue: Tate Modern. Bankside London SE1 9TG
until 2 Apr 2018



During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style.  His emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century. Modigliani’s nudes are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency.

Venue: Tate Modern
until 13 May 2018


After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as the rightful king. charles-teaser

Venue: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Starting in January 2018

18 Jan -22 Jan

LONDON ART FAIR RETURNS – 30th Anniversary 17 – 21 January 2018

London AArt Fair 2018

The London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern & contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing international market. The Fair is an established destination for both museum quality Modern British and contemporary work from leading global names. Sitting alongside the main Fair will be specially curated contemporary spaces Art Projects and Photo50, featuring the next generation of artists and collectives. The London Art Fair is an important opening to the international art calendar.

Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington
23 Jan -28 Jan

The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair


Held in Battersea Park in winter, spring and autumn, The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair mixes unusual finds with genuine antiques. We’re a family-owned fair that launched in 1985, the first to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades. Today we hold three events a year: a Winter Fair in January, a Spring Fair in April and an Autumn Fair during the busy ‘design season’ in late September.

Venue: Battersea Park London SW11 4NJ
24 Jan -8 Apr

The Enchanted Room: Modern Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera

The Estorick opens its 20th anniversary year with a major exhibition of works from one of the world’s most important collections of modern Italian art, housed at Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera. Comprising paintings and sculptures donated to the museum by Emilio and Maria Jesi, it includes iconic images by Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and Mario Sironi, an extraordinary nucleus of Metaphysical paintings by Carlo Carrà, and important works by Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi and Filippo De Pisis. The Enchanted Room runs at the Estorick Collection from 24 January until 8 April 2018

Venue: Estorick Collection of modern Italian art
27 Jan -15 Apr

Charles I: King and Collector


Discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition will bring together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.  King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.

Venue: Royal Academy of Art

Starting in February 2018

3 Feb -17 Jun

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style


Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how these impressive vessels still loom large in our cultural imagination.

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum

Starting in May 2018

23 May -9 Sep

Edward Bawden

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Featuring 170 works, half of them from private collections, this exhibition will explore every aspect of Bawden’s 60-year career, revealing his humour, skill and versatility. He refused to see a distinction between fine art and commercial design.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery

Starting in January 2019

31 Jan -31 Dec

Poster Girls A century of art and design


Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.

Venue: London Transport Museum