to • British MuseumThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.
to • V&ACecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton's own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.
to • British MuseumMuseum exhibition in London at the British Museum. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.
• Science MuseumThe Science Museum will be celebrating Professor Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a small exhibition of objects and papers from his own archives. There will also be some specially recorded audio by Professor Hawking himself, and some photographs that span his life and career, many of them previously unseen.
to • Natural History MuseumCaptain Robert Scott's expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition's of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott's base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.
to • Museum of LondonThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of 'Bleak House' and 'David Copperfield' will bring to life the author's world.
to • National Army MuseumThis explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the "Commando" comic series. "Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics" will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.
Here are the major museums in London that we recommend visiting for the events and exhibitions: