What to see in London this month?

As winter persists and a deep shade of grey engulfs the entire capital, this is the perfect time to find warmth inside some of London’s many wonderful galleries. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to see this month in London.

Visitors enjoying the view of the Thames from the Tate Modern.

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Taylor Wessing: Photo Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery

Your last chance to catch this exhibition before its run comes to an end in the last week of February, this one is an absolute must-see. Showcasing a series of works by different artists, from amateurs to gifted young talents as well as seasoned professionals, the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize presents an intimate and moving display of photos. Each unique in their own way, visitors get pulled into each carefully chosen piece and easily resonate with the humanity of the subjects. Both modern and traditional, the variety on display in this exhibition makes it appealing to all kinds of visitors and a perfect brief encounter with the medium of photography.  Find out more on their website.

The exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery until 25 February 2024. Standard admission costs £8.50.

Accidentally Wes Anderson: the Exhibition in South Kensington

Calling all Wes Anderson enthusiasts, this is the exhibition you’ve been waiting for. Inspired by the instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson, which posts about real places that look like they belong in the world of the acclaimed director and writer’s films, this exhibition showcases the very best of what the account has to offer. More than that, the exhibit manages to move past its status as an internet phenomenon and create an immersive experience to transport you to a world of colour and whimsy. Find out more on their website.

The exhibition runs on Brompton Road in South Kensington until 17 February 2024. Standard admission costs £12.99.

Capturing the Moment at Tate

One of this year’s most moving exhibits, Capturing the Moment at the Tate Modern explores the relationship between painting and photography, two mediums often pitted against one another but that prove to be particularly complimentary when put in a space of dialogue. Featuring works by David Hockney, Paula Rego and Hiroshi Sugimoto, this exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the ways both mediums have come to shape each other over time. It’s an astonishing and highly informative event that any art enthusiast will find interesting. Find out more on their website.

The exhibition will run at the Tate Modern until 28 April 2024. Standard admission costs £20.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum

A fantastic day out for the whole family, the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back! Bringing together some of the most stunning photos of all kinds of wildlife, this exhibit is highly informative, while also being engaging and beautiful. It can also be rather moving, giving visitors space to reflect on the state of the planet we inhabit and how we can work to better preserve it. Find out more about it on their website

The exhibition will run at the Museum of Natural History until 30 June 2024. Standard admission costs £15.

Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River at Japan House

In the first ever UK exploration of the Ainu community, an indigenous people of northern Japan, Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River is both mesmerising and highly informative. The layout of the exhibit is wonderfully designed and invites visitors to get a glimpse at every aspect of the lives of the Ainu people. If you’re curious to see something completely new to the British public, this is the exhibition for you. You can find out more about it on the official Japan House website.

The exhibition will run at Japan House until 21 April 2024. Standard admission is free.

by Faustine PEREZ
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