London Events Listings Guide

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.

F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.


One-Off Events Happening Today Only
All Day Annual Book Sale (Strand)
F The annual Courtauld book sale offering thousands of books at amazing prices with all proceeds going to support student travel grants.
1:00 AM'Ordinary Streets' film launch (Holborn)
B Through the lens of Rye Lane in Peckham in south London, this film engages with issues of migration, urban multiculture and regeneration.
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PMThe art of dissident domesticity: incarceration, sovereignty, information (Camden)
B This talk explores the relationship between state and international orders of coercion and control by exploring the intersections of digital media, popular culture, and high art.
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMGrant Museum After Hours: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
B The night owls amongst you can join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens to enjoy the Grant Museum at night.
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMOn Liberty (Holborn)
B To mark the paperback release of On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti will be in conversation with Conor Gearty and taking questions from the audience and Twitter
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMPlaying Skittles with Skulls and Bones
B A talk about the 'sanitary' origins of the Victorian cemetery, from the cholera epidemic of 1832 to the horrors of Enon Chapel,
(Cost: £9.50)
7:00 PMCurious connections…death and the graveyard (Tower Hill)
B Join modern death professionals, historians, and academics in conversation about what we do with our bodies when we die.
(Cost: £10)
7:00 PMAn Evening with Alec Soth (South Kensington)
B American photographer Alec Soth explores the journey his photographs make from the page to the wall…and back again.
(Cost: £6)

More events in London this Month


Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
12:00 PMLse Campus History Tour (Holborn)
B Where are the LSE foundation stones? Which LSE building had a rifle range?  And who were LSE’s neighbours in 1902? To find out the answers to these questions and more join LSE Archivist, Sue D
(Cost: Free)
1:15 PMSomerset House: The Old Palaces Tour (Strand)
F A guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed.
2:00 PMHuguenot Footsteps: Silk Weavers Of Spitalfields (Whitechapel)
B It was here that around 25,000 Huguenots sought sanctuary after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685
(Cost: £11.25)


Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden (Whitehall)
All DayPainting Paradise: The Art of the Garden will explore the changing character of the garden in art from the 16th to the early 20th century. (Ending Soon! Sun, 11th Oct) (Cost: £10)
F Picturing England Exhibition (Southwark)
All DayAn outdoor touring exhibition to showcase Historic England's photographic Archive. (Ends on Sun, 25th Oct)
F War Music: Notes from the First World War (Camden)
All DayAn exhibition of the music culture that dominated during WW1 (Ends on Sat, 31st Oct)
Alice in Cartoonland (Bloomsbury)
8:00 PMAlice in Cartoonland celebrates Alice’s many misadventures at the hands of cartoonists, caricaturists and satirists, animators and graphic artists. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov) (Cost: £7)
Plantastic (Forest Hill)
All Day Explore the wonderful world of plants on a massive scale.  (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov) (Cost: £6.50)
F 'Poor man's picture gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography (Pimlico)
All DayThis display brings twelve of Tate’s Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite works face to face with a rare collection of their three-dimensional doubles. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
F Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London (Barbican)
All DayThis display explores the evidence we have for gladiators, criminals and soldiers in Roman London. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
F Soldiers and Suffragettes (Poplar)
10:00 AMAn exhibition about the UK’s first female press photographer, and her work in the 1910s. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
F The Alice Look (Bethnal Green)
All DayThe display shows how Alice in Wonderland has been adopted and adapted across the world in all walks of life, (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
Lego animal trail (Barnes)
All DayA display of giant animals made from Lego set in among the real animal residents of the wetland centre. (Ends on Sun, 8th Nov) (Cost: £11.48 (for whole site))
F Manga now three generations (Russell Square)
All DayExplore contemporary manga’s diverse appeal through works by three of the medium’s leading artists. (Ends on Sun, 15th Nov)
Waterloo Lives: The Defence of Hougoumont Farm (Victoria)
10:00 AMA temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle of Waterloo was fought and won.  (Ends on Sat, 28th Nov) (Cost: £5)
F The Barbican Exhibition: Building a Landmark (Barbican)
All DayExplore almost three decades of the estate’s construction from the mid-1950s to 1982. (Ends on Sun, 29th Nov)
F This is Nursing (Harley Street)
7:00 PMTake a look back at the last 200 years in nursing, from concerned amateur to compassionate expert. (Ends on Mon, 30th Nov)
F The Sinews of War: Arms and Armour from the Age of Agincourt (Marylebone High St)
All DayThis special display brings together original weapons and armour dating from the time of the battle, (Ends on Tue, 1st Dec)
Drawing in silver and gold Leonardo to Jasper Johns (Russell Square)
8:00 PMExplore the development of the artistic technique of metalpoint from the Renaissance to the present,  (Ends on Sun, 6th Dec) (Cost: £8)
F Glass Delusions (Euston)
1:00 PMThe exhibition centres on the use of glass as a material, its cultural significance and a psychological phenomenon of humans believing they are glass. (Ends on Sat, 19th Dec)
F Power and beauty: seals, charters and the story of identity (Camden)
10:00 AMAn exhibition of around 40 objects showing Royal power, including the never previously exhibited great seal of King John (Ends on Wed, 23rd Dec)
Made in China (Greenwich)
12:00 PMThe exhibition traces the evolution of Chinese export fan design from its emergence toward the end of the seventeenth century to its eventual decline. (Ends on Thu, 31st Dec) (Cost: £4)
The Fallen Woman
8:00 PMThis major exhibition focuses on the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Jan) (Cost: £8.25 (for whole museum))
F Guiding Lights: 500 years of Trinity House and safety at sea (Greenwich)
All DayAn exhibition that showcases centuries of work by the Corporation of Trinity House to help sailors navigate safely at sea, (Ends on Mon, 4th Jan)
F The Great Chronicle of London (Agincourt)
All DayThe Great Chronicle of London illustrates how the news of Henry’s campaign was sent back to London. (Ends on Thu, 7th Jan)
F Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected (Regent Street)
All DayThis exhibition explores how British architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national style. (Ends on Sat, 9th Jan)
Celts art and identity (Russell Square)
All DayCome on a journey tracing what it means to be Celtic. The more you look, the more you’ll see… (Ends on Sun, 31st Jan) (Cost: £16.50)
F Churchill's Scientists (South Kensington)
All DayExhibition about how Churchill’s fascination with science led to the scientific achievements that helped Britain win the Second World War. (Ends on Tue, 1st Mar)
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age (South Kensington)
All DayDiscover the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space. (Ends on Sun, 13th Mar) (Cost: £14)
F Project Tobong (Forest Hill)
9:00 AMProject Tobong seeks to preserve and reinvigorate the ritual of historic storytelling and performance.  (Ends on Sun, 10th Apr)
F Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 (Greenwich)
All DayA display of winning photographs from an annual astrophotographer competition. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jun)