Summer is here, although as we know from experience that doesn't always mean long sunny afternoons lounging in the park... For those lazy overcast days, we've put together our top ten recommendations for the best art exhibitions across London.



Pink Floyd ’Their Mortal Remains' at the V & A

Until 1 October


Celebrating one of the most pioneering and influential bands in the world, ‘Their Mortal Remains’ is the first exhibition of its kind; an innovative and multi-sensory journey chronicling the development of Pink Floyd’s music, design and staging from the 60s to present day.



‘California' at the Design Museum

Until 15 October


The first exhibition to examine California’s global cultural influence, from the liberating hippy culture of the 60s all the way to today's app development in Silicon Valley, with plenty of skateboarding inbetween.



'Matisse in the Studio' at the Royal Academy

5 August – 12 November


Take a look at the inspiration behind the genius, with an exhibition of Matisse’s treasured collection of objects from all over the world. From Thai Buddhist statuary to North African textiles, this is a rare opportunity to see his work from a whole new perspective.



Amy Winehouse ‘Family Portrait’ at the Jewish Museum

Until 24 September


Discover the woman behind the music and beyond the hype in this intimate and moving exhibition, which showcases a collection of personal belongings from family photographs to fashion.



'Perfume' at Somerset House

Until 21 September


A multi-sensory exhibition featuring ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years.

'Balenciaga – Shaping Fashion' at the V & A

Until 18 February


Delve into the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.



'Giacometti' at the Tate Modern

Until 10 September


The UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti in 20 years, presented in conjunction with Paris's 'Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti'. Spanning his extraordinary career over five decades and featuring never-before seen plasters and drawings, it’s not worth missing.



'Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!' at the Serpentine Gallery

Until 10 September


Presenting a new body of work from one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, The Serpentine is making the most of the summer season with an exhibition by the ever-controversial but never dull Grayson Perry.



'Dreamers Awake' at the White Cube Gallery

Until 17 September


A show charting the rich and captivating lineage of surrealism that runs through several generations of female artists, whilst exploring themes of sexual politics, eroticism and identity.



'Queer British Art' at the Tate Britain

Until 1 October


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, 'Queer British Art' explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. John Singer Sargent and Hockney are particular highlights to look out for.