London may be notorious for rainy weather and wallet-squeezing prices, but summer is a great time to plan a visit to the capital. In July and August, there are some great deals to be had on hotels as all the corporate travelers bunk off for the summer, and you’ll also stand the best chance of scoring a spot of sunshine.
Summer 2013 in particular has some treats in store. While there are plenty of fantastic free museums (visit them soon before the government pushes through plans to start charging), we’ve rounded up the pick of the exhibitions that are worth the airfare.
David Bowie will be taking over a portion of the V&A with a retrospective of his impressive career, through Aug. 11. The museum has raided the archives for a sneaky glimpse into his story so far, with more than 300 exhibits including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, film, music videos and Bowie's own instruments.
Another icon getting some gallery space is the legendary Michael Caine with a free photography show through July 14 at the Museum of London. Enjoy a selection of never-before-seen images with portraits by David Bailey and Terry O’Neill, and a selection of film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies.
The British Museum will be playing host to an insightful exhibition through late September on Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculanuem, examining the two cities that survived under ash. Preserved for more than 1,600 years, the discoveries give an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
Another one not to miss is Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain through Oct. 20. The first major show of its kind since the artist’s death, the exhibition will feature a selection of his inimitable industrial cityscapes.
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