A hub of culture and history, London boasts an array of impressive exhibitions catering to all tastes and interests. This summer, the city is bursting with an extensive collection of displays highlighting British heritage and royal history – just in time for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We've shortlisted our top picks of exhibitions that you'll want to put on your summer bucket list.
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Queen Victoria Exhibition at Kensington Palace
Amidst the Jubilee celebrations, why not take a trip back in time to discover the history of one of England's most famous and influential Monarchs, Queen Victoria. Set in one of the most recognised royal establishments, Kensington Palace, this exhibition takes you on an immersive journey of young Princess Victoria's road to becoming Queen.
Van Gogh Self-Portraits at the Courtauld Gallery
3 February - 8 May 2022
Are you interested in a new perspective to one of the world's most celebrated artists? Discover this intimate and exclusive display of Van Gogh's self-portraitures - depicting his extraordinary life through 16 significant pieces. This is the first time the series of artworks have been together since their origins in Van Gogh's studio, so this exhibit is one you won't want to miss this summer.
Historic Coaches & Carriages at the Royal Mews
19 May – 2 October 2022
Featuring the Gold State Coach that has been used at every coronation since 1762, this exhibition is perfect for anyone interested in an unconventional insight into London's royal history. On this tour of historic coaches and carriages, you will also be able to spot the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and possibly a horse or two.
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Present – 8 January 2023
Appealing to your inner child, the Victoria and Albert Museum is showcasing an extraordinary exhibit dedicated to one of Britain’s favourite storytellers and natural scientist, Beatrix Potter. This family-friendly display will have you and your little ones gazing over original watercolours and paintings of all your favourites characters like Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, plus personal artefacts for a window into Potter's life. A perfect day out for every member of the family.
Don't miss the first instalment in our Summer in London series. Click here for our run-down on the most unmissable events of the season, including the spectacular Royal Day Out Exhibit at Buckingham Palace.