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 DayCarters Steam Fair (Battersea)
Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
All DayLondon Festival of Railway Modelling (Wood Green)
B London Festival of Railway Modelling take over Ally Pally with model circuits, demonstrations and expert modellers throughout the day.
(Cost: £12)
tbaSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)
B Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
(Cost: £10.25)
2:00 PMOpen 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.
(Cost: £3.50)
7:00 PMAnnual Tony Benn Memorial lecture
B Annual lecture hosted by the Stop the War coalition.
(Cost: £10-£15)

More events in London this Month

 

Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
11:00 AMChingford Foodie History Walk (Chingford)
F B A guided walk around Chingford with a local tour guide.
7:00 PMTower of London - Twilight Tours (Tower Hill)
B Yeoman Warders will lead exclusive tours of the Tower, taking in some of the gruesome sights and spooky stories which make it world famous.
(Cost: £27.50)

 

Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
F Aerofilms : Britain From Above (The Hyde)
All DayExhibition of photos of England taken from early aircraft. (Ending Soon! Tue, 31st Mar)
Sherlock Holmes (Barbican)
All DayAn 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 AMExhibition about how the canals and waterways were used to supply allied armies during WW1. (Ending Soon! Sun, 12th Apr) (Cost: £4.00)
F Fulham Palace through the Great War (Fulham)
12:30 PMThe 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)
F Cotton to Gold - Collections of the Industrial North West
All DayThe 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 DayAn 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 DayThrough 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))
F Cheam's Lost Buildings (Cheam)
2:00 PMDiscover 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 DayA rare display of Goya's private drawings never intended for public display. (Ends on Mon, 25th May) (Cost: £8.50)
F Roman Signer: Slow Movement (Barbican)
All DayArt 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 PMThis 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 PMThis exhibition tells the story of this 'other' London, exploring the places the poor inhabited. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jul) (Cost: £5)
F A History of Friendship between the RAF and the Royal Air Force of Oman (The Hyde)
All DayAn exhibition about the history of cooperation between the two military forces. (Ends on Tue, 14th Jul)
War Games from WWI (Notting Hill)
All DayWar 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 PMThe 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)
F Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator (The Hyde)
All DayAn 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 DayAn exhibition about the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art. (Ends on Sun, 13th Sep) (Cost: £8)
F The Institute of Sexology (Camden)
All DayA candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. (Ends on Sun, 20th Sep)
F BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55 (Pimlico)
All DayThis 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 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. (Ends on Sun, 11th Oct) (Cost: £10)
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)
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 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)

Location Map for Today's Events

Note: only lists venues with fixed locations - not guided walks unless a start point is known.