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We’ve had all the ‘New Year, new you’ excitement and while most of us are back to the regular routine, there is a period of renewal underway at many of London’s museums and galleries. It’s out with the old as fresh exhibitions are installed, giving you the perfect excuse to gather everyone together for a trip to the capital.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style – V&A Museum

The V&A Museum’s newest display is a tribute to the golden age of sea travel. All sorts of artefacts from some of the world’s famous liners are on show, from clothes and luggage to deck chairs, fixtures and fittings. If you’re fascinated by the sinkings of ships such as the Titanic and Lusitania, you’ll be able to see a section of wood panelling and a diamond-encrusted tiara rescued from the doomed vessels.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style runs until June 17th.

Charles I: King and Collector – Royal Academy of Arts

King Charles I is remembered for many things – civil war and execution to name a few – but it is his impressive art collection that is now in the spotlight. The monarch amassed works by the likes of Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer, Van Dyck and Rubens during his lifetime, but after his beheading in 1649, they were scattered far and wide. More than 100 of these pieces have now been reunited for this landmark exhibition, offering a glimpse into the king’s impressive collection.

Charles I: King and Collector is open to the public up to April 15th

Picasso: 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy – Tate Modern

Not opening until next month, this Picasso exhibition will look at a single year in the influential Spanish artist’s life. Organised on a month-by-month basis reflecting his output throughout 1932, the display demonstrates how Picasso’s international reputation grew exponentially as he completed some of his most celebrated works. Among the pieces to look out for are three portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter. The trio of paintings of the artist’s lover were created in just five days and have never gone on show together…until now.

Picasso: 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will run between March 8th and September 9th.

Travel to London’s museums and galleries by coach

A cost-effective and convenient way to go and see some of these exciting new exhibitions is to hire a coach. Not only can a large group of you travel together easily, but you can get from one museum to the next without having to brave the capital’s transport network. After a long day of gallery viewing, you’ll be able to rest and recuperate all the way home without the need to drive.


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