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 DaySubBrit Conference (South Kensington)
All day conference on man made, or man used subterranean structures.
(Cost: £20)
All DayKing Harold Day (Waltham Abbey)
This event with a medieval theme commemorates King Harold, the last Saxon King of England.
(Cost: £5)
10:30 AMSELMEC Meccano Show 2015 (Eltham)
Discover three halls packed with working Meccano models of trains, planes, cranes, fairground rides and much more,
(Cost: £3.00)
11:00 AMWestbourne Park bus garage open day (Maida Vale)
F Westbourne Park Garage in north west London will open its doors to members of the public.
12:00 PMAfrica on the Square 2015 (St James)
F Come and celebrate the best of African culture in Trafalgar Square
1:00 PMWhat is potential? Exploring Aristotle, art and medicine (Camden)
F Join artist Per Huttner and a group of artists, researchers, scientists and thinkers who put Aristotle’s ideas to the test.
3:00 PMSwimming The City - Wild Pioneers & Top Spots With Caitlin Davies & Jenny Jandreth (Upper Holloway)
B Jenny Landreth has spent years exploring London's watery offerings. Packed with info and photography, her guide to the greatest spots is a must-have if you fancy a luxury length or just a quick dip.
(Cost: £5.50)
4:00 PMChurchill’s Heroines: Female Spies in WWII (Camden)
B Historian Mark Seaman and biographer Clare Mulley are joined by writer Elizabeth Buchan and Noreen Riols to talk about the lives of these remarkable women.
(Cost: £8)
4:00 PMSloth: What's in a name? (Camden)
B The ZSL keeper will answer all your questions about sloths. Are they really lazy or is that something of a myth?
(Cost: £12)

More events in London this Month


Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
11:00 AMWalking Tours of Bloomsbury
F Themed walking tour by volunteers around the Bloomsbury neighbourhood.
12:00 PMOctober 2015 Brewery Tour At The Five Points Brewing Company (Hackney)
B The Five Points Brewing Company will be holding its October brewery tour on Saturday, the 10th, starting at 12 noon
(Cost: £13.37)
2:00 PMArchitecture Tours (Barbican)
B Regular tours of the brutalist Barbican centre
(Cost: £10.50)
2:00 PMLondon In Slow Motion (Trafalgar Square)
B Join Rosie Oliver of Dotmaker Tours on a guided walk through the centre of town looking for the London that ticks to a different beat
(Cost: £18.00)


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 Madame Roxy's Erotic Emporium (Soho North)
12:00 PMA Soho sex shop created entirely from felt. (Ending Soon! Sat, 17th Oct)
F Talk about.... Pre-Raphaelites (Lewisham)
10:30 AMAn exhibition of works about the Pre-Raphaelite painters, with some use of Augmented Reality (Ending Soon! Sat, 17th Oct)
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)
F Grit & Glamour (Fitzrovia)
All DayPhotographs on display include never-before-seen images of Elizabeth Taylor that span the decades of her legendary career (Ends on Sat, 7th 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 James Bond photography exhibition (Poplar)
11:00 AMA collection of never before seen film stills that will give fans a behind the scenes peek at life on set of the world-renowned film series. (Ends on Mon, 30th 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 No More War - Haringey's WW1 Conscientious Objectors (Tottenham)
1:00 PMAn exhibition by the Peace Pledge Union with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Looking at Religion, Politics, Work Camps and Prison. (Ends on Sun, 20th 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)
F Faraday’s Synaptic Gap (Southwark)
All DayRick Myers’ new exhibition reconsiders the neurological, material, and poetic aspects of Faraday's experiment. (Ends on Sun, 10th Jan)
F First World War posters (Walthamstow)
All DayAn exhibition of Brangwyn's concern for Belgium, and the powerful propgaganda posters he created to support the war effort. (Ends on Sun, 10th 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)
B The Crime Museum Uncovered (Barbican)
All DayNever-before-seen-objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum go on public display in a major new exhibition (Ends on Sun, 10th Apr) (Cost: £12.50)
F Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 (Greenwich)
All DayA display of winning photographs from an annual astrophotographer competition. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jun)