London is a restless city, ever changing and evolving. Cranes and building sites crowd the landscape as new buildings rise. Yet traces of our forgotten past peep through on almost every street, whether intentionally preserved or incidentally left behind. Our exhibition uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or an important part of everyday life, left behind by successive generations of Londoners. Drawings, engravings, photographs, maps and films sit alongside contemporary recollections and bring together a surprising record of the capital, from the 1500s to the twentieth century. 📷 🗺
Picturing Forgotten London will take you on a journey of discovery through the capital’s past. Meet us at the shot tower next to Waterloo Bridge and travel across the river to The Devil’s Acre, a notorious neighbourhood next to the Palace of Westminster. In the East End we’ll visit the gothic magnificence of Columbia Market in Bethnal Green and encounter London’s first Chinatown in Limehouse. In the west we’ll shop at the Soho Bazaar and ride on the Great Wheel in Earl’s Court, before a night of entertainment at Wyld’s Monster Globe in Leicester Square.
From coaching inns to horse markets, riverside mansions to ragged schools, images created by a wide variety of artists, antiquarians and organisations will appear together for the first time to tell the story of London’s forgotten buildings.
Explore the capital after dark in a new, evocative photography exhibition at the Museum of London.
Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, from the late 19th century to the present day, London Nights features over 200 works. Discover how photographers have long been inspired by London at night, from the twinkling lights and buzzing nightlife of the West End to the more sinister aspects of a city in darkness and see how Londoners work, rest and play when the sun goes down in one of the biggest metropolises in the world. 📷 🌇
Over 200 photographs by 50 artists, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day, some never seen before. Contributors include: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Bill Brandt, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Tish Murtha and Nick Turpin. Read more about how we chose these stunning images.
A free evening of performances, workshops, films and music to launch the City Now City Future season at the Museum of London.
Join for an evening to celebrate London as one of the most creative and diverse cities in the world. This free late event will launch City Now City Future, a year-long season at the Museum of London exploring what it means to live in a truly global city.
Discover London-based artist and community projects that explore what it means to be a Londoner today through fashion, style, food, music and film.
Second to None: Reprezent Radio 107.3FM featuring:
Joe Armon Jones and Maxwell Owin
Maxwell Owin and MC Pinty
Sub Luna City
Mazi Mas roaming restaurant (global food by migrant and refugee women)
Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, explores the hidden corners and colourful characters of 1950s and early 60s London Soho, as seen through the eyes of John Deakin (1912 – 1972).
Considered to be one of the greatest postwar British photographers, Deakin was renowned for his penetrating portraits, haunting street scenes and striking fashion work. The exhibition includes rarely seen and un-shown works including portraits of the painters Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon. It also includes the writers Dylan Thomas, Daniel Farson and Jeffrey Bernard, the celebrated beauty and artist’s model Henrietta Moraes and Muriel Belcher, proprietor of the fabled drinking den The Colony Room.