For any business that had to temporarily close due to the pandemic lockdown, hospitality and the arts have suffered from financial burden. Furloughing staff is one thing, extortionate London rent is another.

Today, July 4th is the day where the Government are allowing London Museums and galleries to open again, providing the correct safety measures are adhered to.

Confirmed reopening dates

The Garden Museum in Lambeth reopens on July 4 with an exhibition about Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness.

Dulwich Picture Gallery will reopen its gardens, cafe and pop-up shop this weekend on July 4. Plans are currently being put in place to open the gallery in the autumn.

National Gallery will reopen on July 8, with its Titian: Love, Desire, Death and Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age exhibitions.

Foundling Museum will reopen on July 8 with its Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media exhibition.

Royal Academy of Arts will reopen to RA Friends on July 9 and to the public on July 16, with its Picasso and Paper exhibition on display. It will be open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm, with a second phase of extended opening hours in August.

Barbican Centre will reopen on July 13, with its Masculinities: Liberation through Photography exhibition and a commission from Toyin Ojih Odutola in The Curve.


Whitechapel Gallery will reopen on July 14 with a number of exhibitions including Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium and Carlos Bunga’s Something Necessary and Useful.

The Photographers’ Gallery is also reopening on July 14, with The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 exhibition and Jan Svoboda: Against The Light.

Cutty Sark will reopen on July 20, with the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory Greenwich opening throughout the summer.

Tate Britain reopens on July 27, with its Aubrey Beardsley exhibition and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation.

Tate Modern also reopens on July 27, with its Andy Warhol exhibition and Kara Walker’s Turbine Hall commission Fons Americanus.

The Florence Nightingale Museum will reopen on August 1, with visitors given a handwashing lesson on arrival by Florence herself (or one of the museum’s actors who play her).

Serpentine Galleries will reopen on August 4 in a phased reopening. Its Cao Fei exhibition will open in the Serpentine Gallery on the 4th, followed by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery reopening on September 29 with Formafantasma: Cambio.