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Three unmissable FREE exhibitions in London, September 2014

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year – The Natural History Museum

Now in its 50th year, this world-famous competition is now showing its exhibition free of charge to the public at The Natural History Museum.  This stunning display of perfectly crafted photographs allows you to experience images of some of the most extraordinary species on Earth, taken at the perfect moment by both professional and amateur photographers.  There are over 40,000 entries on show, each more astounding than the last, and you can also view the competitor’s works from The People’s Choice Award, which features some magnificent and dramatic shots of wildlife around the globe.

Opening times: 10am – 5.30pm

Tube: South Kensington

Entry: Free

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IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville – The Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is focusing on the First World War at the moment, to respectfully mark the 100th anniversary of this terrible period in history.  Many gruesome, moving and humbling paintings and artifacts are currently on show, but this September, the Museum is also allowing us to get a rare, personal glimpse of modern war, in the form of shocking and beautiful series of photographs taken in Afghanistan by British artist Mark Neville.  Centering around the soldiers that housed him in Helmlands and the families they served to protect, this collection of picture and film is a harrowing reminder of how little progress the world has really made in the last century, and how conflict is still raging in terrible ways today.  A little depressing, yes, but if you’re in the mood for some solemn, thought-provoking art, this exhibition will not disappoint – and photography buffs will truly be in their element, as the vast majority of the images on display here are beautifully crafted and highly atmospheric.

Opening times: 10am – 5.30pm

Tube: Lambeth North

Entry: Free

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Wedding dresses 1775-2014 – The V&A

V&A’s Spring exhibition of wedding dresses from the last 200 years offers a fascinating insight into fashion, tradition, and the enormous difference between the wealthy and the poor throughout those years.  Everything from the perfectly preserved lavish 18th century lace gowns to the humble peasant frocks are heartwarming and emotive, and for enthusiasts, the Duchess of Cornwall’s iconic bridal dress from her 2005 wedding to The Prince of Wales resides here, as does Gwen Stefani’s pink Dior.  Varied, interesting and highly entertaining, this really is a great exhibition for a bride-to-be to gather inspiration, or for fashion lovers who’ve always been desperate to examine these iconic pieces up close.  With just enough historical information to be stimulating but not so much that this feels like an overly serious exhibition, you’ll be able to have hours of fun while not being overloaded with facts and figures, gazing at works from world-famous designers meant for the rich, as well has charming hand-sewn pinafores from the darkest corners of our historical cities.

Opening times: Daily 10am-5.45pm, and Fri 10am-10pm

Tube: South Kensington

Entry: Free

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We at Function Fixers are able to book all of these museums for private events, wedding receptions and corporate functions, and they all have fantastic facilities for both daytime and evening business occasions and receptions.  Contact us here to find out more!

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