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    • London
      22
      Feb 2018
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      9
      Sep 2018

      Dawn of Superheroes

      This O2 exhibition traces the evolution of DC Comics’ Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, alongside a line-up of villains. See original storyboards, iconic memorabilia (Reeve’s cape, Bale’s bat pod) and comic book issues from the very first.

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    • London
      10
      May 2018
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      7
      Oct 2018

      Azzedine Alaïa

      Before his untimely death in 2017, Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent a year working with London’s Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman himself, the more than 60 pieces on display explore his meticulous, innovative approach to cut, fit and tailoring. Sultry, sculptural and thoroughly modern, his gowns form the centrepiece of a posthumous show that is as poignant as it is flamboyant.

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    • London
      13
      Jul 2018
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      14
      Jul 2018

      Lovebox

      One of London’s most beloved dance weekenders returns in 2018, taking up residence in Gunnersbury Park. Expect good things: previous years have drawn the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Sampha, Frank Ocean and a host of top-drawer DJ talent. With stages programmed by some of the capital’s hottest clubs and food courtesy of a well-curated crop of street vendors, it’s an unmissable summer date.

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London
22
Feb 2018
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27
Aug 2018

All Too Human

Either could sell out his own blockbuster show – but greats Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud will share wall space at this upcoming Tate Britain exhibition of intimate, flesh-filled portraiture. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
8
Mar 2018
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9
Oct 2018

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

Journey month by month through a pivotal year in the artist’s career. Exhibited together for the first time since their creation, three sensual portraits of Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are the highlight of this landmark show.
London
20
Mar 2018
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6
May 2019

Pierre Bonnard

Painter Pierre Bonnard was known for both his use of colour and painting his wife in the bath (and other states of undress). Such intimate moments are shown at the Tate Modern alongside vivid landscapes. 2 for 1 entry with a Eurostar ticket.

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London
27
Mar 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Anthea Hamilton at the Tate

Anthea Hamilton (sculptor of the Turner 2016’s gilded buttocks), transforms Tate Britain with sculptures and a performer with a squash for a head. Costumes by Loewe’s creative director and a minimal set create a strikingly strange experience

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London
28
Mar 2018
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12
Aug 2018

Hope to Nope

Ten years of seismic shifts in global politics told through the lens of graphic design. The show’s name references Shepard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster and its many wry reworkings, but work here reflects a whole world’s worth of struggles.

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London
6
Apr 2018
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30
Sep 2018

Underbelly Festival

For the tenth year in a row, the giant Underbelly cow arrives on London’s South Bank to play host to comedy, circus acts, cabaret, street food and all-round summer revelry. This edition features a bumper crop of more than 70 shows, ranging from family fun to burlesque battles.

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London
9
Apr 2018
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29
Jul 2018

Monet and Architecture

From Normandy to Venice, Monet painted villages, cityscapes and cathedrals. More than 75 of his famous paintings and lesser-known works are brought together here for the first time. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
21
Apr 2018
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17
Jan 2019

Fashioned From Nature

Exploring the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world over 400 years, this V&A exhibition touches on inspiration, craft and sustainability. Highlights include a spectacular Victorian feather cape and dresses made from grape waste and recycled plastic bottles, as well as a collection of protest garments, such as Katharine Hamnett's provocative Clean Up or Die collection. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
27
Apr 2018
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28
Aug 2018

James Cook: The Voyages

Starting in 1768, Captain James Cook mapped out the unknown Pacific on three fateful expeditions, sailing as far south as Antarctica. 250 years on, the British Library relives his seafaring through diaries, maps and sailors’ yarns. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
5
May 2018
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11
Aug 2018

The Amateur Table

Riverside supper club Amateur Table gives fresh talent a platform to shine. The summer line-up is tantalising: a Middle Eastern feast in June and a mid-summer Swedish celebration from founder Lily Gjertsen in July.

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London
10
May 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Azzedine Alaïa

Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa spent his last year working with London's Design Museum on a retrospective celebrating his 35 years in fashion. Curated by the master craftsman, this posthumous show is as poignant as it is flamboyant.

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London
11
May 2018
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11
Nov 2018

London Nights

This photographic display examines London after dark, from the end of the 19th century to the present day. It casts the capital in moonlight and streetlight, sketching an evocative, sometimes uneasy portrait of its distinctive beauty.

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London
12
May 2018
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4
Nov 2018

The Future Starts Here

Intuitive suits, artificial shooting stars, DNA portraits: the V&A explores science’s thrilling advances in an exhibition of both the domestic and the cosmic. Explore further with workshops and talks on data-mapping and Frankenstein. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
24
May 2018
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15
Sep 2018

Last Days of Shoreditch

Last Days of Shoreditch is a dose of summer living just off the Old Street roundabout. Expect street food, clever cocktails, top-drawer DJs, a karaoke room and, if last year was anything to go by, a deckchair-dotted beach to recline on.

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London
25
May 2018
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23
Sep 2018

A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely’s bold, stylish patterns have adorned everything from mugs to cars. This Fashion and Textile Museum show delves into the designer’s archives for a behind-the-scenes look at her inspiration, methodology and wider impact.

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London
30
May 2018
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19
Aug 2018

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander

Lee Bul’s politically charged art was influenced by South Korea’s move from military dictatorship to democracy. Her new immersive installations, drawing from sci-fi and anime, invade and overtake the Hayward Gallery on its 50th anniversary.

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London
1
Jun 2018
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2
Sep 2018

Summer by the River

In the shadow of City Hall, the Scoop amphitheatre is the setting for a heady summer programme of free outdoor events, tasty treats and riverside sundowners. Plus live music from the likes of vintage trio The London Belles.

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London
5
Jun 2018
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16
Sep 2018

Aftermath

How did the horrors of World War One shape the art that followed? That’s the question posed by the Tate Britain’s moving deep dive into British, French and German work, 100 years after the war’s end. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
11
Jun 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Ed Ruscha

In a 60-year career spanning pop art, minimalism, conceptualism and surrealism, Ed Ruscha’s subject matter has remained the same: America. His new show offers a contemporary riff on Thomas Cole’s paintings – also currently on show at the National Gallery.

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London
12
Jun 2018
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19
Aug 2018

RA Summer Exhibition

Provocateur-in-Chief Grayson Perry is handed the curator’s hat for this year’s Royal Academy summer spectacular. It’s the world’s largest open-submission art show, so expect a suitably eye-popping array. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
15
Jun 2018
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7
Oct 2018

Serpentine Pavilion

Famed for her reimagining of urban spaces, Mexico City’s Frida Escobedo is the youngest ever architect to tackle the Serpentine’s prized pavilion. Her Hyde Park structure plays with light and reflection in a nod to Mexican courtyards of old.

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London
16
Jun 2018
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4
Nov 2018

Making Her Self Up

For 50 years after her death, Frida Kahlo’s iconic wardrobe and personal effects were kept under lock and key. Now they’re being given the full V&A treatment – the first time they’ve been on show outside Mexico. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
18
Jun 2018
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23
Sep 2018

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

This power couple famously covered Paris’s Pont Neuf in cellophane, and wrapped Berlin’s Reichstag. When Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, Christo continued their work. This exhibition is accompanied by his first UK public sculpture, on the Serpentine lake.

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London
20
Jun 2018
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7
Sep 2018

Dinner at Ours

Hosted by four culinary whizzes in an East London distillery, these intimate pop-up dinner parties are summer’s hot ticket. Expect menus ranging from Georgian feasts to West African fusion, paired with perfectly chilled vodka cocktails.

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London
27
Jun 2018
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19
Jul 2018

Don Giovanni

Mozart’s legendary lothario, Don Giovanni, returns to the Royal Opera House stage in the tragicomic opera that has entranced since 1787. Kasper Holten’s dazzling production incorporates award-winning set design and inventive video work.

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London
28
Jun 2018
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21
Oct 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

To mark what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery explores the King of Pop’s considerable artistic influence. The exhibition examines a lesser-known side of the legendary performer’s mythology. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.

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London
28
Jun 2018
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25
Nov 2018

Jameel Prize 5

Celebrating contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions, the V&A’s Jameel prize makes for a remarkable exhibition. This year’s nominees include a fashion designer, a collective of embroiderers and an architect.

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London
1
Jul 2018
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30
Sep 2018

Painted Hall Tours

Completed in 1726, London’s Sistine-rivalling ceiling is hidden away in Greenwich’s Royal Naval College. For the first time in 50 years you can see it for yourself, up close and personal, while it undergoes painstaking preservation.

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London
2
Jul 2018
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15
Jul 2018

Wimbledon

Tennis’ grand dame of grass-court tournaments is the star of the British sporting summer. Its atmosphere is unrivalled, whether you’re gathered round Murray Mound or snacking on strawberries courtside. Take an umbrella just in case, mind.

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London
3
Jul 2018
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8
Jul 2018

Hampton Flower Show

Every summer, the world’s largest flower show takes over Hampton Court Palace, an historic royal residence just outside London. Explore horticultural displays, take gardening workshops, attend talks by experts, and more.

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London
3
Jul 2018
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30
Sep 2018

Scoop

Culinary experimenters Bompas & Parr are at it again, this time with a kooky immersive exhibition at King’s Cross. Celebrate the past, present and future of ice cream, then try madcap flavours (glow-in-the-dark, anyone?) at the Conehenge café

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London
6
Jul 2018
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28
Jul 2018

We Love Food festival

What if you could try all the best vegan food in London in one day? Or all the crispiest fried chicken? That’s the idea behind the We Love Food fest, taking over Old Spitalfields Market with a different foodie theme every Friday and Saturday this July.

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London
7
Jul 2018
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8
Jul 2018

Art Night London

For one night every summer, London’s South Bank is transformed into a public thoroughfare of the city’s best contemporary art. This year’s edition includes 12 works and exhibitions curated by the Hayward Gallery.

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London
7
Jul 2018
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8
Jul 2018

Sounds and Sorcery

Step into the world of Disney’s Fantasia with this new immersive experience at the Vaults. Explore underground worlds, dance through the stars, and lose yourself in a new kind of performance art.

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London
7
Jul 2018
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7
Jul 2018

Pride Parade

One of Europe’s biggest LGBTQ+ street parties takes over Trafalgar Square for a day of colour, cheer and campaigning. If you can’t get near the rainbow-draped square, stake out a spot in Soho and soak up its come-one-come-all celebrations.

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London
10
Jul 2018
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15
Jul 2018

Kew the Music

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and settle in for one of the more refined dates in summer’s musical calendar. Sing along to Steps, gyrate to the Gypsy Kings and boogie to Jools in the famed botanical gardens.

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London
13
Jul 2018
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8
Sep 2018

BBC PROMS

Can 2018’s BBC Proms top Jarvis Cocker’s Scott Walker homage or pianist Hiromi’s piano-string strumming? Classical music’s top brass play the Albert and Cadogan Halls. For coveted tickets to the Last Night, try your luck on the open ballot.

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London
21
Jul 2018
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30
Sep 2018

State Rooms Opening

Every year, Buckingham Palace opens the doors to its state rooms for a few summer weeks. Take this opportunity to spend time in majestic surroundings and see the lavish dignitary-hosting drawing rooms in all their elegant detail. The tour takes in the grand ballroom, an art gallery and the John Nash-designed throne room. 

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London
22
Jul 2018
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9
Sep 2018

Zip Now London

Forget the Tube: the best way to cross central London is via this 225-metre zip wire, which whizzes riders past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben at up to 30mph. Note it’s over-eights only, and kids have to be accompanied.

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London
30
Jul 2018
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14
Jul 2019

Magic Realism

This Tate Modern show celebrates the Weimar era, from 1919 to 1933 – a Golden Age for culture. Artists such as Otto Dix and George Grosz created work shot through with political tension, bold new art philosophies and sultry jazz rhythms.

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Image credits: © Jaime Jones; © R.B. Kitaj, The Wedding (1989-93); © Picasso; © Pierre Bonnard, Coffee, 1915; © Tate (Matt Greenwood) 2018; © Andy McArthur; © Underbelly Festival; © © Claude Monet, Vue de Bordighera,1884, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; © August Champot; © Banks and a Maori by Tupaia © British Library Board; © Holly Farrier; © Design Museum; © Nick Turpin; © Ossip van Duivenbode, 2011–2015 © ZUS; © Last Days of Shoreditch; © Orla Kiely; © Lee Bul, Willing to be Vulnerable, 2015-2016, courtesy Studio Lee Bul; © Summer by the River; © Meredith Frampton, Marguerite Kelsey, 1928; © Ed Ruscha, The Old Tech Chem Building, 2003; © John Bodkin; © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Renderings by Atmósfera; © Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait with Red and Gold Dress, 1941; © Christo, The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), 2017; © Our/London; © Cooper; © Isa Genzken, Wind (Michael/David), 2009; © Hala Kaiksow, Shepherd’s Coat and Momhiki Jumpsuit from the Wandress Collection (2015), photo Sergio Mirando; © Old Royal Naval College Greenwich; © Alamy; © Hampton Flower Show; © Bompas & Parr; © We Love Food; © Tamara Henderson, Seasons End. Out of Body, performance view, Park Nights 2017, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2017; © The Vaults; © Getty; © Vincent Capman for Paris Match; © Mark Allan; © Derry Moore Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018; © Zip Now London; © Davringhausen; © Design Museum; © Fanatic/Lovebox Festival