As I put together my recap of 2021, I was amazed at how many fantastic exhibitions I had seen in London. Many of those London exhibitions are still running in January and really worth seeing before they close next month.

They educate and enlighten, so what better way to start a new year than with a cultural inspiration. In no particular order I have picked my top 7 London exhibitions that will see you into January.

1. Fabergé in London : Romance to Revolution.

Fabergé in London : Romance to Revolution at The V&A : There is nothing more fascinating than the extraordinary story of this Dynasty. Give yourselves a good two hours to go through the exhibition. There is so much detail to take in, and that is before you get to the final room. Closes 8 May 2022

Faberge in London 7 exhibitions to see in London
Fabergé in London at The Victoria and Albert Museum

2. Peru : A Journey in Time

Peru : A Journey in Time at British Museum : This exhibition is an extraordinary story of the Inca’s and their traditions, beliefs, and how the country evolved culturally from 2500 BC to the present day. Incredible. Closes 22 February 2022.

Peru : A Journey in Time at the British Museum 7 exhibitions to see in London
Peru : A Journey in Time at The British Museum

3. Amy : Beyond the Stage

Amy : Beyond the Stage at The Design Museum : Small but mighty was the impact of Amy Winehouse. Her story is tragic, yet this exhibition celebrates how phenomenal she was. There is the music, the fashion and the photography. It all demonstrates a very different picture to the one you have when you walk in.

Amy Beyond the Stage at the Design Museum 7 exhibitions to see in London
Amy : Beyond the Stage at The Design Museum

4. Waste Age : What Can Design Do

Waste Age : What Can Design Do at the Design Museum : This has to be one of the most underrated yet most educational exhibitions on in London. Learn from the visionary designers who want to change waste into new resources introducing a whole new world of clothing, products and packaging from natural production . Closes 20 February 2022

Waste Age  7 exhibitions to see in London
Waste Age at the Design Museum

5. Francis Bacon : Man and Beast

Francis Bacon : Man and Beast at The Royal Academy : The blurred lines between the weird and the wonderful in this exhibition that opens at the end of the month. 29 Jan- 17 April 2022.

6. Beatrix Potter : Drawn to Nature

Beatrix Potter : Drawn to Nature at The V&A : In collaboration with the National Trust this family exhibition will look at Beatrix Potter’s wonderful characters, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most.

7. Elizabeth and Mary : Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

Elizabeth and Mary : Royal Cousins, Rival Queens at the British Library. If you love your history, this is one exhibition you should not miss before it ends on 20 February 2022. This is one I will be going back to see again for sure.

Elizabeth and Mary Royal Cousins rival queens 7 exhibitions to see in London
Elizabeth and Mary at The British Library

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Bob Marley One Love at Saatchi Gallery opens 2 February
Van Gogh Self Portraits at the Courtauld Gallery opens 3 February
Louise Bourgeois  The Woven Child at the Hayward Gallery opens 9 February

Finally

One exhibition I’m definitely making the effort to see in 2022 is Beano : The Art of Breaking The Rules at Somerset House. I was a huge fan of this comic growing up, and I constantly hear so many good things about it. Closes 6 March 2022.

Read our latest Little London Whispers Super Seven for more ideas in London this month.