What's coming up this year

At the start a new year, it is a great opportunity to take a look at some of the great exhibitions and events coming to South Kensington in 2022. 

Victoria and Albert Museum:

  • Recently opened at the V&A, Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, tells the story of the man that symbolised Russian craftsmanship and will showcase 3 Imperial Easter Eggs which will be on display for the first time. (on until 22 May 2022)
  • Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature opens on 12th February 2022, tracing the personal journey and legacy of the beloved author and her enduring love of nature.  
  • Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear explores how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams. Opening on 19 March 2022.
  • Opening in June 2022, Africa Fashion is a major exhibition celebrating the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions

Natural History Museum

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year runs until 5th June 2022 where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of the planet under pressure.   
  • Our Broken Planet is a free display open until April 2022 which evolves over time and explores how humans have transformed the natural world.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature - where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine runs until 3 Jan 2022. See how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations.  

Science Museum

  • Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination - in this immersive genre-defying exhibition you will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the cosmos to explore visions of the future through the science of today. 
  • Our Future Planet focuses on solving one of the most significant causes of climate change as scientists race to develop different technologies to remove and store excess carbon dioxide. This free exhibition is open until September 2022.
  • Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom showcases rare and historic objects never-before-seen in the UK which reveals how ancient Greek philosophers questioned, contemplated and debated the natural world. The free exhibition will be accompanied by a series of special events to complement the exhibition. (Open until 5 June 2022)
  • Amazonia – a breath-taking exhibition from internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado which celebrates the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest (open until March 2022).
  • In May 2022, a new exhibition – Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope – explores the science that is transforming cancer care.
  • Heading into next autumn, the Museum will also be opening a new interactive gallery, Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery, where you can analyse blood samples in a medical laboratory or operate a robot in a manufacturers workshop.

Design Museum

  • Promising to be a hit with music lovers, Amy: Beyond the Stage opens runs until April 2022. Discover the story of Amy’s early career through her recordings and teenage notebooks to unravel the creative process behind her music.
  • For football fans, a new exhibition in April, Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, delves into the incredible stories behind the world’s most popular game. Unpick how design has pushed the game to its technical and emotional limits.
  • Weird Sensation Feels Good opens on 13 May 2022 and explores the world of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response): a physical sensation of euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body, triggered through sound, touch, and movement. This is the first exhibition of its kind to lift the world of ASMR out from your screen and into physical space. 

Royal College of Music

  • The Royal College of Music has welcomed the return of live audiences as well as the opening of a unique museum of music. Following funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Museum has undergone a complete redevelopment and is now open again to the public. The collection contains the earliest known guitar and stringed keyboard instruments as well as other fascinating instruments.

Institut français

  • Between 22nd - 29th January, Institut français return with their annual Night of Ideas event.  A series of debates, talks and screenings will focus on what ‘Together’ means today with an incredible line-up of journalists, philosophers, authors and historians.

Royal Albert Hall

  • Cirque du Soleil makes an eagerly awaited return to the Royal Albert Hall from 12 January to 12th February. Back by popular demand, Luzia will take audiences on a visually stunning and imaginative journey to Mexico with one of the most technically demanding shows ever to be staged at the Hall.

Serpentine Galleries

  • The Serpentine presents an expansive exhibition from Hervé Télémaque: Hopscotch of the Mind which is on until 30th January 2022. Through colourful paintings, drawings and collages, he brings together striking combinations of historical and literary references with those of consumer and popular culture.

Leighton House Museum

  • Leighton House is currently undergoing a major restoration and refurbishment project. The restoration of the historic house will create new facilities including a new café, shop, cloakrooms, dedicated learning space and the recovery and restoration of the original architecture lost in later additions. Re-opening in Spring 2022.

After such unprecedented times, it is wonderful to see the return of an incredible programme of exhibitions, live music, festivals and workshops at the cultural venues in South Kensington. Sign up for our fortnightly newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest news and events in the area.

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck artwork, 1908. Watercolour and ink on paper. © National Trust images
© Sergio Marijuán, Wildlife Photographer of the Year- Natural History Museum
Amazonia at the Science Museum (credit Sebastião Salgado)
Amy Winehouse by Studio Moross, Design Museum
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, Design Museum (El Clasico at Camp Nou by Chitra Gulabrani)
Royal College of Music Museum
Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA at the Royal Albert Hall
Hervé Télémaque, A Hopscotch of the Mind (Credit: Hugo Glendinning)