An alternative guide to what's on in London

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

Free Event Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
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One-Off Events Happening Today Only

12:30 PMStained glass in the City (Barbican)
Booking Required
Discover the Stained Glass of the City of London in this illustrated talk by Alexandra Epps.
(Cost: Free, but booking is advised)
1:00 PMFrom Wonder to Understanding: Beginning a Journey (Holborn)
Booking Required
This lecture will consider the place of evidence in science and religion, looking particularly at some of the debates about the rationality of faith associated with “New Atheist” writings.
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PM A Study in Scarlet: From Crime Scene to Courthouse (Tooting)
An evening of talks and lectures by the Pathology & Forensic Medicine Society.
(Cost: £2)
6:00 PMSurviving in Victorian Times, and How Chemistry Protects Us Now (Euston)
Free Event
A talk about the use of unregulated chemicals in Victorian times, and their hazards.
6:30 PMOverpowered!: the Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis (Camden)
Booking Required
Overpowered! by Christopher Green is the first popular, illustrated history of hypnosis.
(Cost: £8.00)
6:30 PM1984 London (Regent Street)
Booking Required
This trail explores George Orwell's dystopian nightmare: the world of Big Brother, the Thought Police and Room 101.
(Cost: £10.00)
6:30 PMA Magnificent Man And His Enigma Machine (Upper Holloway)
Booking Required
Come and be transfixed by tales from the remarkable science of cryptography, and how it has changed the course of history.
(Cost: £5.50)
6:30 PMFrom Burke to 'Burking' - The Legacy of Burke & Hare
Booking Required
A talk about the body snatchers, how it left its chilling mark on British history, and still infiltrates popular culture today.
(Cost: £9.50)
7:00 PMFirst Prime Minister of the London Empire: William Beckford, Jamaican Planter & Lord Mayor of London (1709 – 1770) (Holborn)
This talk examines the life of William Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London, and one of the largest slave-owners in the British Empire.
(Cost: £5)
7:30 PMAda Lovelace Day Live! 2015 (Holborn)
Booking Required
Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for women and men,
(Cost: £20.00)
7:30 PMPortcullis Trust : Matthew Taylor - Evening Talk at Queen Charlotte Hall (Richmond)
RSA Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor offers a vision for the future - a world where every individual has the freedom and opportunity to develop their unique capabilities to the full.
(Cost: £10)

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

12:00 PM Madame Roxy's Erotic Emporium (Soho North)
Free Event
A Soho sex shop created entirely from felt. (Ending Soon! Sat, 17th Oct)
All Day Picturing England Exhibition (Southwark)
Free Event
An outdoor touring exhibition to showcase Historic England's photographic Archive. (Ending Soon! Sun, 25th Oct)
All Day War Music: Notes from the First World War (Camden)
Free Event
An exhibition of the music culture that dominated during WW1 (Ends on Sat, 31st Oct)
8:00 PM Alice in Cartoonland (Bloomsbury)
Alice 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)
All Day Plantastic (Forest Hill)
Explore the wonderful world of plants on a massive scale.  (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov) (Cost: £6.50)
All Day 'Poor man's picture gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography (Pimlico)
Free Event
This 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)
All Day Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London (Barbican)
Free Event
This display explores the evidence we have for gladiators, criminals and soldiers in Roman London. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
10:00 AM Soldiers and Suffragettes (Poplar)
Free Event
An exhibition about the UK’s first female press photographer, and her work in the 1910s. (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
All Day The Alice Look (Bethnal Green)
Free Event
The display shows how Alice in Wonderland has been adopted and adapted across the world in all walks of life, (Ends on Sun, 1st Nov)
All Day Grit & Glamour (Fitzrovia)
Free Event
Photographs on display include never-before-seen images of Elizabeth Taylor that span the decades of her legendary career (Ends on Sat, 7th Nov)


Regular Events on Today

(typically repeat each week)

11:00 AMPrint And The Press - Exploring Fleet Street
Booking Required
London has long been the birth place or adopted home of authors, poets, writers of all kinds
(Cost: £10.00)
1:15 PMSomerset House: The Old Palaces Tour (Strand)
Free Event
A guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed.
7:00 PMDickens After Dark: In The Steps Of The Night Walker
Booking Required
As night falls, the cool, dark City of London takes on a completely different yet fascinating character
(Cost: £10.00)