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Legend of the East End @ Cass / until 11th September 2015


Mon-Fri 11.00–20.00
Sat 10.00–19.00
Sunday 09.00–18.00

@ The Cass, 135 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

Free entry


Work from the celebrated Cass East End Archive including images by Steven Berkoff and Don McCullin will feature in a new photographic exhibition focusing on the East End of notorious gangsters the Kray Twins.

Legend of the East End has been organised by Studiocanal to accompany and lead up to the launch of LEGEND a new film about the Krays directed by Brian Hegeland in which Tom Hardy plays both Ronnie and Reggie.

Fighting History @ Tate Britain / until 13th September 2015


Doors: 10.00–18.00 daily

Tickets: £12 book online

@ Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG


From Ancient Rome to recent political upheavals, Fighting History looks at how artists have transformed significant events into paintings and artworks that encourage us to reflect on our own place in history.

From the epic 18th century history paintings by John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West to 20th century and contemporary pieces by Richard Hamilton and Dexter Dalwood, the exhibition explores how artists have reacted to key historic events, and how they capture and interpret the past.

Often vast in scale, history paintings engage with important narratives from the past, from scripture and from current affairs. Some scenes protest against state oppression, while others move the viewer with heroic acts, tragic deaths and the plights of individuals swept up in events beyond their control. The Death of Amy Robsart by William Frederick Yeames, which has been newly conserved for this exhibition, casts a spotlight on a historical mystery while John Minton’s The Death of Nelson offers a tender perspective on the death of one of England’s greatest naval commanders.

The exhibition also shows how contemporary artists, such as Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, continue to engage with the traditions of history painting to confront modern-day tragedies and dilemmas.

East and West Cemetery @ Highgate Cemetery / open most of the year


East cemetery
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm last admission 3:30pm
Weekends 11am-4pm last admission 3:30pm

West cemetery
Mon-Fri one tour daily at 1:45pm (booking essential)
Weekend tours every half hour from 11am-3pm (tickets sold on the day, you cannot book)

@ Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ (Archway Tube)

East cemetery

West cemetery
£12 book online


Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish.

With over 170,000 people in 53,000 graves, Highgate Cemetery is a place to remember the people who have gone before us and to celebrate their achievements.

East cemetery:
The most famous resident of Highgate Cemetery East is Karl Marx, whose monument attracts comrades and others from all over the world.

West cemetery:
Nowhere captures better than Highgate Cemetery West the special atmosphere of the Victorian cemetery. Visit by guided tour only.

Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design @ V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) / until 25th January 2015


Open daily 10am – 5.45pm
Fri 10am – 10pm

@ V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry


This display reveals twenty years of radical and revolutionary designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions.

Around 150 set and costume designs demonstrate the creative, experimental and visionary performance designs of celebrated artists including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, El Lissitsky, Liubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova.

With a large number of works exhibited in the UK for the first time, the display explores the unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture during the first decades of the 20th century and the development of the avant-garde movement.

Curated in collaboration with the A.A.Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow and supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

From Jamaica To Notting Hill – Rudi Patterson’s Visions In Colour @ Leighton House Museum / until 11th June 2014

From Jamaica To Notting Hill - Rudi Patterson's Visions In Colour at Leighton House MuseumTIME AND PLACE:

Mon, Wed–Sun 10:00–17:30

@ Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ

Tickets: £7


For over forty years, following a career as an international model and actor, Rudi Patterson dedicated himself to painting. From the three successive council flats he lived in around Notting Hill he produced a vast body of work, exhibiting widely in London, the UK and internationally – from New York to Melbourne – throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Following his death last year, this exhibition explores a single theme; Rudi’s extraordinarily potent and vivid representations of his native Jamaica. Including many works never previously exhibited, these depictions of montane landscapes, plantation villages, luxuriant tropical vegetation, rivers and beaches conjure a compelling sense of place, intuitively made from the vantage point of a west London window.

Afro Super Hero @ V&A Museum of Childhood / until 9th February 2014


Doors: 10:00-17:45

@ V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Free entry


Afro Supa Hero is a snapshot of a childhood and journey to adulthood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora.

Jon Daniel’s action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in 1960s and 1970s Britain, in search of his identity.


Estuary @ Museum of London / until 27th October 2013


Doors: 10:00–18:00

@ Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Free entry

Twelve contemporary artists offer new insight into this often overlooked, yet utterly compelling, area of London and the people that live and work there.

Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs @ London Transport Museum / until January 2014


Open: 10:00-18:00 (Fri 11:00-18:00)

@ London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB


Tickets: standard entry charge applies £15

Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art – a legacy that continues today.

The new blockbuster exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced. The exhibition forms part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground and features posters by many famous artists and designs from each decade over the last 100 years. The posters were selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300 Underground posters by a panel of experts; the 150 that will appear in the exhibition show the range and depth of the Museum’s collection.

Poster Art 150 is a fitting exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, as the last major Underground poster retrospective was held in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the Underground. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition will also offer a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.

BP Walk through British Art @ Tate Britain / until 2014


Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG


The BP Walk through British Art offers a circuit of Tate Britain’s unparalleled collection from its beginnings to its end. This ‘walk through time’ has been arranged to ensure that the collection’s full historical range, from 1545 to the present, is always on show. There are no designated themes or movements; instead, you can see a range of art made at any one moment in an open conversational manner.

London Dungeon @ County Hall / open most days


Most day opening times are 10:00 – 17:00 (check the website)

@ The London Dungeon, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Tickets: from £16.95 book online


Visit the London Dungeon at its new home just by the London Eye. It’s the ultimate thrill-filled journey through London’s murky past, turning 1,000 years of history into 90 minutes of laughs, scares, theatre, shocks, rides, special effects, characters, jokes, mazes and storytelling.

Now that the characters are settled in their new County Hall home, you should drop on by… Sweeney would love to meat you.

The experience features:
– 18 all new shows
– 20 live actors
– State of the art theming and special effects
– Two theme park style rides
– Laughs, screams and cutting edge storytelling

There’s a lot less blood and all the actors make up designs were created especially by leading make-up brand MAC. Watch this video to find out more!

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