Peter Watts writes about art and culture for The Times, Independent On Sunday, New Statesman, Time Out, Uncut and others, and blogs about London at The Great Wen

'Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction' (installation view; 2017), at the Barbican Centre. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

A sci-fi spectacular at the Barbican

This is an exhibition targeted at the senses more than the brain, more Star Wars than Stalker

11 Aug 2017
Jumping boys, High Wycombe (1980), Gavin Watson. Image courtesy Youth Club Archive

Is youth culture a thing of the past?

London may soon have a museum of youth culture. Does this mean it’s over?

10 Apr 2017
A march of 2,000 anti-conscription protesters in London,1939. © IWM

A show of pacifism at the Imperial War Museum

‘People Power: Fighting for Peace’ at the IWM London is a bold exhibition that uses individual stories to humanise major global issues

4 Apr 2017
Detail of the Great Fire of London by an unknown painter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Artists mark 350 years since the Great Fire of London

On 2 September 1666, a fire took hold on Pudding Lane that would devastate London. As the anniversary approaches, exhibitions and events are being staged across the city

31 Aug 2016
Edge City: Croydon. Photo: courtesy Sophia Schorr-Kon

Croydon: ‘It’s a lot more interesting than you might think.’

The National Trust is on a mission to make people appreciate the suburb’s post-war architecture. Why not join one of their tours?

15 Jul 2016

Art of Protest: Student Unrest at Berkeley

Modern student protest was invented at Berkeley

2 Feb 2016

Lust, gin and grime: ‘Hogarth’s London’ at the Cartoon Museum

If Victorian London belongs to Dickens, the Georgian city is Hogarth’s

7 Nov 2014

The greatest hits of London cartography: ‘Mapping London’ at Oxo Tower Wharf

Daniel Crouch Rare Books’ engaging display of maps old and new

11 Sep 2014