Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.
|Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)|
|All Day||Carters Steam Fair (Battersea)|
|Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
|All Day||London Festival of Railway Modelling (Wood Green)|
|London Festival of Railway Modelling take over Ally Pally with model circuits, demonstrations and expert modellers throughout the day.
|tba||Southbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)|
|Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
|2:00 PM||Open day at a private garden in Highgate (Highgate)|
|Half acre garden opened by the owner for the NGS on a couple of days per year -- entry fees go to charity.
|7:00 PM||Annual Tony Benn Memorial lecture|
|Annual lecture hosted by the Stop the War coalition.
|11:00 AM||Chingford Foodie History Walk (Chingford)|
|A guided walk around Chingford with a local tour guide.|
|7:00 PM||Tower of London - Twilight Tours (Tower Hill)|
|Yeoman Warders will lead exclusive tours of the Tower, taking in some of the gruesome sights and spooky stories which make it world famous.
|Aerofilms : Britain From Above (The Hyde)|
|All Day||Exhibition of photos of England taken from early aircraft. (Ending Soon! Tue, 31st Mar)|
|Sherlock Holmes (Barbican)|
|All Day||An exhibition devoted to the famous detective from books to silver and small screen adaptations. (Ending Soon! Sun, 12th Apr) (Cost: £12.55)|
|Waterways on the Western Front (Islington)|
|10:00 AM||Exhibition about how the canals and waterways were used to supply allied armies during WW1. (Ending Soon! Sun, 12th Apr) (Cost: £4.00)|
|Fulham Palace through the Great War (Fulham)|
|12:30 PM||The exhibition tells the story of the Great War at the Palace, the role of the Bishop of London during the national crisis (Ends on Thu, 16th Apr)|
|Cotton to Gold - Collections of the Industrial North West|
|All Day||The art collections of the Lancashire cotton magnates on display in the restored Temple Place. (Ends on Sun, 19th Apr)|
|120 Years of Tower Bridge (1894-2014)|
|All Day||An exhibition full of the many different ways artists have pictured London's most iconic bridge in its 120 year history. (Ends on Sun, 26th Apr) (Cost: Free)|
|Superman was a Foundling|
|All Day||Through mural and graphic work -- a visual exploration of fostering and adoption in popular culture. (Ends on Thu, 30th Apr) (Cost: £7.50 (for whole museum))|
|Cheam's Lost Buildings (Cheam)|
|2:00 PM||Discover the vanished buildings of Cheam through the borough’s art collection and photographs. (Ends on Sun, 3rd May)|
|Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album|
|All Day||A rare display of Goya's private drawings never intended for public display. (Ends on Mon, 25th May) (Cost: £8.50)|
|Roman Signer: Slow Movement (Barbican)|
|All Day||Art thing as a kayak navigates a 90-metre long gallery as if moving through a canal. (Ends on Sun, 31st May)|
|Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860 (Pimlico)|
|3:00 PM||This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. (Ends on Sun, 7th Jun) (Cost: £12)|
|Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London (Bethnal Green)|
|2:00 PM||This exhibition tells the story of this 'other' London, exploring the places the poor inhabited. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jul) (Cost: £5)|
|A History of Friendship between the RAF and the Royal Air Force of Oman (The Hyde)|
|All Day||An exhibition about the history of cooperation between the two military forces. (Ends on Tue, 14th Jul)|
|War Games from WWI (Notting Hill)|
|All Day||War Games throws light on the boxed pastimes that Britons played while their loved ones were fighting at the front. (Ends on Fri, 17th Jul) (Cost: £7.50)|
|Wildlife Photographer of the Year (South Kensington)|
|4:00 PM||The exhibition features more than 100 images exhibited on sleek back-lit photographic panels, creating a uniquely cinematic effect. (Ends on Sun, 30th Aug) (Cost: £12.60)|
|Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator (The Hyde)|
|All Day||An exhibition about Sir Alan Cobham, a pioneering long distance aviator and technical innovator who became famous for his exploits. (Ends on Fri, 11th Sep)|
|Revelations: Experiments in Photography (South Kensington)|
|All Day||An exhibition about the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art. (Ends on Sun, 13th Sep) (Cost: £8)|
|The Institute of Sexology (Camden)|
|All Day||A candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. (Ends on Sun, 20th Sep)|
|BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55 (Pimlico)|
|All Day||This display highlights how this office project became the test-bed of ideas for the group’s design. (Ends on Sun, 4th Oct)|
|Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden (Whitehall)|
|All Day||Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden will explore the changing character of the garden in art from the 16th to the early 20th century. (Ends on Sun, 11th Oct) (Cost: £10)|
|'Poor man's picture gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography (Pimlico)|
|All Day||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)|
|Waterloo Lives: The Defence of Hougoumont Farm (Victoria)|
|10:00 AM||A temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle of Waterloo was fought and won. (Ends on Sat, 28th Nov) (Cost: £5)|
|Churchill's Scientists (South Kensington)|
|All Day||Exhibition 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)|
Location Map for Today's Events
Note: only lists venues with fixed locations - not guided walks unless a start point is known.