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 Community Haystacks (Leyton)
B earn the traditional skill of scything in two-hour workshops.
(Cost: £5)
10:00 AMTibet Relief Fund Summer Exhibition – Tashi Lhunpo Monks (Hackney)
F Tibet Relief Fund is hosting an exhibition of photos of the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in south India.
2:00 PMOpen Day at the Museum of Sewing Machines (Tooting)
F Monthly open day at one of London's more unusual, and delightful museums.
2:00 PMLondon Landscape - Islingon Drovers’ Route
B This one-off special walking tour explores how London's landscape was influenced by the needs of the population for supply of food and water.
(Cost: £24.50)
2:30 PMGo inside the private gardens within Regent's Park (Camden)
Occasional open day at the private gardens within Regent's Park.
(Cost: £4.50)
8:00 PMRoman archaeology under your feet at Museum of London (Barbican)
B An interactive walk with staff from the Museum's archive, taking in sites in the City and the Roman amphitheatre. Also a chance to handle objects.
(Cost: £12.50)
8:15 PMGo Batty! - Bat Walk (Bow)
B Learn all about these fascinating mammals of the night sky.
(Cost: £5.78)

More events in London this Month


Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
9:00 AMBird and Nature Walks
F B On the first Saturday of each month, The Friends of Holland Park organise a Bird and Nature Walk.
10:30 AMSt Margaret's Open Day (Lewisham)
F A gothic revivalist church is open twice a month for the public to visit.
11:00 AMWalking Tours of Bloomsbury
F Themed walking tour by volunteers around the Bloomsbury neighbourhood.
11:00 AMCamden Street Art Tours (Camden)
B Explore one of Camden's many colourful sides on a two-hour walking tour.
(Cost: £15)
11:00 AMLondon Highgate Walking Tour With Authentic London Walks (Highgate)
B Highgate exists in a kind of splendid isolation and is 'one of London's best kept secrets' (Rough Guide)
(Cost: £11.00)
12:00 PMSoane Highlights Tour (Holborn)
B Explore Soane’s unique house-museum with one of our expert staff on the Soane Highlights Tour
(Cost: £10.00)
2:00 PMArchitecture Tours (Barbican)
B Regular tours of the brutalist Barbican centre
(Cost: £10.50)
2:30 PMOpen afternoon in the ruined remains of St John's Church (Stanmore)
F Each afternoon during the summer months, the locked interior of the derelict church will be unlocked.
2:30 PMSpirited Mixers Rooftop Gin Tasting
B Enjoy our Rooftop gin tasting with unparalleled views of London
(Cost: £21.85)


Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
B Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - About the Exhibition (South Kensington)
All DayThe first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe. (Ending Soon! Sun, 2nd Aug) (Cost: £17.60)
F Penny Black 175
All DayTo celebrate its 175th anniversary, this exhibition tells the story of the creation of the Penny Black and its phenomenal social impact. (Ending Soon! Fri, 7th Aug)
F The Brutalist Playground (Regent Street)
10:00 AMThis exhibition explores post-war design for play through an exploration of the original playgrounds in Brutalist housing estates. (Ends on Sun, 16th Aug)
Beneath the Surface (Strand)
All DayAn exhibition of some 200 works reflects the Embankment Galleries’ riverfront location in one of London’s most ancient quarters. (Ends on Mon, 24th Aug) (Cost: £6)
F Ben Rivers: The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers (Shepherds Bush)
2:00 PMThis multi-projection film installation is set amongst the spaces used by the BBC to construct scenery and props for television drama since 1960. (Ends on Sun, 30th Aug)
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)
Fashion on the Ration (Southwark)
All DayThis exhibition looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain. (Ends on Mon, 31st Aug) (Cost: £10)
Summer Opening of Clarence House (Whitehall)
All DayFor a limited time in the summer, the official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales is open to the public.  (Ends on Mon, 31st Aug) (Cost: £9.80)
F Feeding London the forgotten market gardens (Richmond)
11:00 AMThe exhibition tells the story of market gardens in the local area their rise and decline from the early 18th Century to the 1970s. (Ends on Tue, 1st Sep)
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy (Camden)
7:00 PMExplore centuries of dramatic history, from King John, medieval battles, revolution, wars, empire and the struggle for the right to vote, (Ends on Tue, 1st Sep) (Cost: £12)
B The Power of Poison (Whitechapel)
All DayDiscover the alluring, seductive and terrifying role of poison and how it affects our everyday lives through nature, myth, medicine and healing (Ends on Sun, 6th Sep) (Cost: £13)
The Prize for Illustration 2015: London Places & Spaces (Covent Garden)
All DayAn exhibition of 100 illustrations that capture a variety of aspects of London’s unique character and qualities. (Ends on Sun, 6th Sep) (Cost: £16 (for whole museum, for a year))
F London's Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague, 1665
9:30 AMGuildhall Library's exhibition takes you through plague material, from books to broadsides, which reveal more information about this devastating fire. (Ends on Fri, 11th Sep)
F Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator (Colindale)
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)
Ladybird by Design
10:00 AMAn exhibition of over 120 original illustrations from Ladybird Books (Ends on Sun, 27th Sep) (Cost: £7.70)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)