Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London

Don’t miss out on the best London art exhibitions! Catch these great London exhibitions as chosen by our editorial team.



Don’t miss the stunning Pre-Raphaelites exhibition at Tate Britain. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood shook the art world of mid-19th-century Britain, rebelling against the art establishment of the day. Today Pre-Raphaelite works such as Millais’ Ophelia are among the best-known of all English paintings. Until 13 Jan

Turner Prize 2012

The Turner Prize is widely recognised as the most prestigious arts award in Europe. The competition was established in 1984 and is intended to support new developments in contemporary art. As always, this year’s Tate Britain exhibition is sure to provoke a great deal of debate. Until 6 Jan

Wildlife Photographer

See a stunning collection of images from the natural world as the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition returns to London. A jury of industry experts has hand-picked the best 100 images from more than 48,000 entries, ranging from underwater scenes to urban wildlife. Until 3 Mar

Hollywood Costume

Find out how costume designers bring movie characters to life at the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition. Learn about the creative process behind the clothes on the silver screen, from Charlie Chaplin during the Golden Age of Hollywood, to recent blockbuster Avatar. Until 27 Jan


The Royal Academy’s Bronze exhibition brings together bronze works from the past 5,000 years. You’ll see more than 150 of the finest bronzes from Asia, Africa and Europe, many of which have never been seen before in the UK. Artists represented include Rodin, Picasso, Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois. Until 9 Dec

Ballgowns at the V&A

While times and fashions change, London maintains its reputation for staging exclusive events, from the formal social season of the 50s to today’s hectic calendar of balls, parties and opening nights. This new exhibition at the V&A highlights the timelessly glamorous garment that makes these events truly sparkle: the ballgown.Until 6 Jan

Staging the World

The British Museum presents a major new exhibition on the world and works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare: Staging the World explores the influence, cultures and realities of life in London four centuries ago through the bard’s famous works, characters and performances – plus historic objects of the day. Until 25 Nov

Richard Hamilton

A fascinating and intimate look at the late works of one of Britain’s most influential artists at the National Gallery. Visitors will wander through the unique exhibition landscape, tracing Hamilton’s later inspirations and influences in more than 30 paintings, before arriving at a display of his final, unfinished works. Until 13 Jan

Rain Room

Experimental artists Random International have taken over the Barbican’s Curve Gallery to create Rain Room: their largest and most ambitious installation yet. Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water that responds to human sound and movement. Until 3 Mar

Seduced by Art

Don’t miss the National Gallery’s first major exhibition of photography. This ground-breaking exhibition explores the relationship between the modern medium of photography and the traditions of fine art. Until 20 Jan