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Top Five Festive Exhibitions

Everyday this week we’re bringing you our tried and tested top-fives to help you feel a little more festive in the lead up to December.
It’s Tuesday! Number two is our top five festive exhibitions.

Ok, so they’re not so much bringing the Christmas spirit but they are not to be missed if you’re in London for Christmas!

1. Venom (The Natural History Museum).

This weekend we went to see Venom (review coming), and it’s absolutely superb! All about poisonous animals, anti-venom and some amazing stories and specimens to go with it. If that’s not enough reason to go to the NHM, they also have the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, an amazing exhibition about whales, Hope, the blue whale that replaced Dippy and the ice rink outside! Plus, the building is so beautiful it’s just so difficult to not feel at least a little less grinch-y when you leave! Venom cost: adults – £10 (cheaper with a student card or Art Pass).

2. Diana: her fashion story (Kensington Palace).

I imagine after the announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement that this exhibition will find itself much busier until it closes in February 2018. However, even before that it was on our list of must sees, even though neither of us are monarchists. The exhibition details how Princess Diana used her outfits to engage and inspire, aware that she was the most photographed woman of the time. Definitely worth a look for the fashion or Diana lovers, and the grounds are lovely to walk around too! To get your ticket you have to buy a ticket to the palace, but it is good to be nosy! Cost: Adults – £15.50 (cheaper for students, free with an Art Pass).

3. Basquiat: Boom for Real (Barbican Art Gallery).
A large variety of Basquiat’s work is on show at the Barbican, ranging from short films to his textile work and drawings, some of which are in his own blood! The Barbican have the New York prodigy’s work on display in order to affirm his significance as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. It is very modern, and very arty, but you do walk away questioning why more of his work isn’t present in UK art galleries. Cost: £16 (students and Art Pass holders cheaper)

4. Beazley Design of the Year (Design Museum).
62 nominations for the design of the year are on show once again in the groovy (can I use the word groovy as a 20-something?) Design Museum. The architecture of the museum itself is phenomenal, I guess it couldn’t not be, and the Design of the Year exhibition showcases other amazing work in all areas of work. From phone cases to photography, responses to world events like Brexit and Trump, this is the one for the geopolitically inspired as well as those that are just into art and design. Cost: Adult-£10 (Student and Art Pass holders cheaper)

5. Instant Stories: Wim Wender’s Polaroids (The Photographer’s Gallery).
This really is something spectacular. Over 200 of Wim Wender’s polaroids of travels, friends, cast and crew, his family and behind the scenes of his movies, displayed in the photographers gallery, alongside a selection of short films and extracts from his movies. Time Out said it was like a love letter to Wim Wender, but we feel it’s more like a homage to his mates, and a showcase of his extraordinary talent. Hey, if you remember your headphones they have a free audio guide you can follow on your phone too! Cost: Adults free before 12; £2.50 for one exhibition, £4 for a day pass (Student and Art Pass holders cheaper).

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