Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington (image © Thinkstock/Getty)
The V&A’s outstanding collection of fine and applied arts spans 3,000 years and includes fashion, paintings, photographs and ceramics from around the world. Sat-Thur 10am-5.45pm; Fri 10am-10pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions.
To 1 Sep: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Dramatic haute couture, original sketches and vintage perfume bottles demonstrate the label’s influence, while this exhibition also explores the designer's love for England; sold out, but limited same-day tickets available daily 10am.
To 20 Oct: Food: Bigger than the Plate. Positive, creative solutions to the problems that our current food system has created.
To 16 Feb 2020: Mary Quant. With her Chelsea shop, Bazaar, Quant supercharged UK youth culture from the 1950s onwards with her progressive fashion creations, which included the miniskirt.