Thursday 30 July 2020

Imperial War Museums - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ai Weiwei at IWM

History of Bombs
Spearheading IWM’s Refugees season, History of Bombs is a brand new work by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. It will be on display at IWM London from 1 August 2020.

Covering over 1,000 square feet, Ai Weiwei's takeover of our atrium is the first time that this space has been given over in its entirety to an artist. 

Exploring international migration, conflict as a root cause of human flow, and the relationship between the individual, society and the state, History of Bombs draws on the artist’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

Ai Weiwei has had major exhibitions in galleries across the world, from Taiwan to Turkey. We're thrilled that the destination for his latest artwork is IWM London. 

IWM London is free for everyone. In line with government advice, we have strict guidelines on the number of visitors we are able to have. To avoid disappointment please click here to book your free ticket.

IWM will also be launching a new range of Ai Weiwei products, including a limited-edition History of Bombs poster. These exclusive posters will come with a certificate of authenticity, bearing the artist’s digital signature, and will only be available in store at IWM London from 1 August 2020 while stocks last.
Refugee Season
© Rob Pinney
History of Bombs is part of our new Refugees season. This extensive programme of exhibitions and events unlocks the personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their homes and those who work to support and care for them.
Churchill War Rooms
There's still time to win a private ‘behind the glass’ tour of Churchill War Rooms. Book tickets to visit in August 2020 before midnight 31 July and you’ll automatically be entered into the prize draw.

Summer at Strawberry Hill House

Summer at Strawberry Hill House 

Last Sunday we were delighted to officially reopen our doors and welcome visitors back to the House. We have received lots of positive feedback about the visitor experience, and if you haven't already had the chance to visit, Nevil Tomlinson, Serendipity Editor, shares his experience in our latest House Blog.

Along with our reopening, we have also started to plan new events and activities, all of which allow for social distancing. This August, we welcome back performance group, The Handlebards, who will showcase two outdoor events: 
Gnora the Gnome's Daytime Disco and Romeo and Juliet.

We also welcome Strawberry Hill Guide, Sandra Pullen, who will deliver an insightful online talk on 'Horace Walpole and the 18th Century Gardens of Strawberry Hill'.

And finally, if you haven't yet contributed towards our 'Write to Horace' campaign, you still have time to do so. All the letters we receive will be displayed in an installation at the House in the Autumn, as part of our 10-year anniversary celebration of the restoration of Strawberry Hill House. 

Thank you for your ongoing support 
The Strawberry Hill House Team
Visit the House
Opening Times
House – Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 4pm 
Final entry one hour before closing
Garden – Free entry daily
Garden Café – Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 4pm

Outdoor Event: Gnora the Gnome's Daytime Disco
Thursday 20 August
Admission at 2pm, show starts at 3pm
With smash disco hits and lots of dancing bits, Gnora’s the Gnome’s Daytime Disco is fun for all the family, so come and join us at Strawberry Hill House for a boogie. 

Standard Ticket Price: £12 plus booking fee. 
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Outdoor Event: Romeo and Juliet
Thursday 20 August
Admission at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
Three HandleBards cooped up together during lockdown. Fuelled by cabin fever and a bookshelf full of Shakespeare, we did what the Bards do best and created an unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet. 

Standard Ticket Price: £18 plus booking fee.
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Natural History Museum - Join us at Lates Online this Friday night

Three-course sharing menu and a cocktail at Sea Containers - Southbank

Head to a London favourite for a lavish dinner and drinks

What do you get?

  • Three small plates, three large plates and two desserts to share
  • Plus a cocktail per person
  • Dine in style overlooking the Thames

Time Out says:

If you’ve not been, Sea Containers offers one of the finest views of the Thames that you will find in London. And the restaurant itself was designed by the legendary Tom Dixon, so you know you're in for a top-drawer dining experience. Normally this lavish London eatery wouldn’t be the cheapest place to eat, but with this offer, you can tuck into a three-course sharing menu for just £25. Oh, and you’ll get a cocktail of your choice with which to wash it down, too.

What’s on the menu?

Small plates

Bibb lettuce, bacon, cured egg yolk and parmesan dressing

Loch Duarte salmon tartar, black garlic mayonnaise and garlic chive

Isle of Wight heritage tomato, dill, pickled red onions and black olives

Large plates

Seared Skirt Steak, herbs and braised lentils

Trofie, fennel, basil and parmesan

Cod Loin, baby gem, peas and bacon


Chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream

Eton Mess

Vegan lemon cheesecake and raspberry

Cheeseboard (£4 supplement)

Time Out exclusive: three-course sharing menu and a cocktail at Sea Containers

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Museum of London - Top tips for a great family day out

Families, we've missed you!

Hi Dominic,

The summer holidays are here and we’re re-opening next week - it’s time to have some fun!

Whether it’s your first visit to the museum or you’ve been through our doors before, be sure to check out our guide on how you can make your visit a day out to remember. When you’re in the museum, why not pick up a free family pack? Inside you’ll find our brand new Family challenger game - along with some drawing materials. Play along in the galleries and see who can complete the most challenges! Who will be the challenger champion in your family?

But don't fret if you aren't ready to visit us yet, the Museum of Fundon is here for you with a range of fun, free activities to do at home. Full of digital games, craft ideas, messy play and more, there is something for everyone. 

We can’t wait to see you soon,

The Museum of London team


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