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Constructing Worlds, The Barbican Gallery, 25th September – 11th January

For anyone with a passion for architecture and design, this is an exhibition that really must be seen.  You have the opportunity here to view some of the world’s most iconic structures from the viewpoint of the workers who built their skeletons, the local residents who watched them change their landscape, and those responsible for the decorating and finishing of some of the most recognisable interiors on the planet.  18 different photographers are displaying more than 250 images at this exhibition, from the 1930s to the present day, showing a vast range of scenes – from workmen in flatcaps sitting on the Empire State Building’s scaffolding, to foundations being laid for homes of the globally rich and famous.  Others are more humble, including some charming photographs from humble Chinese villages sitting in the shadow of imposing new temples.

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Sherlock Holmes, The Museum of London, 17 October – 12 April

Sherlock Holmes is one of England’s best-loved literary charters, and one that has been celebrated time and time again in the form of television programmes, theatre and music.  This exhibition focuses on Holmes’ relationship with London, and is the first of its kind in over 60 years.  While there’s a certain amount of glamour attached to Arthur Conan Doyle’s now famous character, London was a gritty and dangerous place 125 years ago – and this fascinating exhibition is hosted by curated experts on Victorian London from the Museum of London’s history team, who have been realistic and open about the true nature of the events that Holmes encountered, and about how his relationship with the city itself allowed him to read situations more carefully.  This is a great opportunity to get a really interesting insight into the reality behind the work of one of our most familiar fictional characters.

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If you’re well and truly in the mood for anything and everything ‘Sherlock Holmes’ after exploring the Museum, we recommend you pop I for a pint at the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland St in Central London.  This themed pub is entirely dedicated to the man himself, and you’ll be able to shed a whole nee light on the objects and artefacts on display with your new-found knowledge.

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Departure by Xavier Mascaro, The Saatchi Gallery, 3rd September – 5th October

Latin America and Spain produces some of the most vibrant and expressive art in the world, and we London folk seem to have a particular love and empathy with it.  The stunning works of sculptor Xavier Mascaro goes on display at the Saatchi Gallery from now until the 5th October, and gives you a chance to see astounding work from this exciting new artist.

Some of these giant metallic works stand nine feet tall, and feature exhaustive detailing that plays with light and creates a unique mixture of medieval and ancient Greek and Egyptian styles.  The display of Long Lost Shipwrecks is a real highlight – with haunting, thought-provoking sculptures and models that have been constructed with imagination and flair.

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