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 DayThe Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions
B All-day conference to discuss Charles Dickens final, and incomplete novel.
(Cost: £25)
All DayBermondsey Street Festival (Southwark)
F Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual celebration of music, dance, arts, cuisine and creativity.
All DayOpen House Weekend
F Hundreds of otherwise closed buildings open to the public in this annual event.
10:00 AMMonthly weekend opening at the Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)
The Museum tells the story of the mansion house, as it was used as the Headquarters for Fighter Command during WW2.
(Cost: £9)
10:00 AMCrystal Palace High Level railway walk (Sydenham)
F A guided walk to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the closure of the railway line between Nunhead and the Crystal Palace in 1954.
10:00 AMLondon Film Convention (Vauxhall Bridge)
A day of talks, stalls and celeb signings -- all related to cult films.
(Cost: £5)
11:00 AMSociety of Genealogists Open Day
F B Library Tours, Lectures & Advice on how to start your family history research.
2:00 PMBarking and Dagenham’s Riverside Industries (Becontree Heath)
F B Mark Watson’s illustrated talk paints a bustling picture of Barking and Dagenham crammed with busy wharves,
2:00 PMCandle Making (Tottenham)
B A practical talk with local beekeeper then have a go at making your own beeswax candles.
(Cost: £4)

More events in London this Month


Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
9:15 AMGuided Tours of Parliament (Whitehall)
The guided tour takes about 75 minutes and includes the Commons and Lords Chambers, the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and Westminster Hall.
(Cost: £15)
11:00 AMThe day the lights went out in Europe (Pimlico)
B A World War I commemorative walk around central Westminster with a City of Westminster Guide in conjuntion with the Royal British Legion.
(Cost: £11.25)
11:00 AMThe Prefab Museum (Catford)
F A museum housed in a prefab home on one of the last remaining prefab estates in the UK that chronicles the history of the estate.
3:00 PMBarbican Architecture Tours (Barbican)
B Through this walking tour of the external high walks and inside the Barbican Centre itself, we will reveal the history of the site.
(Cost: £10.50)


Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
F Graphic Design in China 2003-13 Exhibition (Harley Street)
10:00 AMThe works on display reflect the relationship between modern design, culture, commerce and daily life. (Ending Soon! Sat, 20th Sep)
F War Story: Supplying Frontline Afghanistan (Southwark)
All DayThis new display features brand new material including photographs and film recently collected on a series of expeditions to Afghanistan. (Ending Soon! Sun, 21st Sep)
F The Prefab Museum (Catford)
11:00 AMAhead of the demolition of the estate to replace it with modern buildings, a museum of the history of post-war prefab homes has been set up. (Ending Soon! Sat, 27th Sep)
F Hans Hillmann: Films & Poster Exhibition
10:00 AMExhibition of work by one of Germany's most important modernist graphic artists. (Ending Soon! Sat, 27th Sep)
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (South Kensington)
All DayThis major exhibition showcases more than 200 specimens, objects and life-size models.  (Ending Soon! Sun, 28th Sep) (Cost: £9)
F Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One (Euston)
11:30 AMAn exhibition about the often overlooked fact that 1.5 million soldiers fighting in WW1 came from the Indian sub-continent. (Ending Soon! Sun, 28th Sep)
F Ray Davies: The Kinks, Konk and Kin (Tottenham)
1:00 PMCelebrating the fifty year career of Ray Davies as a songwriter, from The Kinks to his extensive work as a solo artist. (Ending Soon! Sun, 28th Sep)
F Florentijn Hofman Commission (South Lambeth)
All DayA new work of art by the man responsible for the giant floating yellow duck (Ending Soon! Tue, 30th Sep)
F Shipshape and Erith Fashion: A History of Erith Yacht Club (Erith)
10:00 AMAn exhibition showing a range of historical images and archival documents illustrating the history of Erith Yacht Club from 1900 to the present day.  (Ending Soon! Tue, 30th Sep)
The First Georgians (Whitehall)
10:00 AMAn art exhibition that explores royal patronage and taste in the reigns of George I and George II. (Ends on Sun, 12th Oct) (Cost: £9.75)
F You cannot step twice into the same river (Battersea)
11:00 AMThis diverse exhibition of video and photography situates the question of documentary truth within the context of the River Thames. (Ends on Sun, 12th Oct)
F Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour (Camden)
All DayEnduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair (Ends on Sun, 12th Oct)
Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art (Bloomsbury)
All DayThe exhibition will include political and joke cartoons, comic postcards and cigarette cards, trench publications by serving soldiers, books, comics. (Ends on Sun, 19th Oct) (Cost: £7)
F Other Portraits (Islington)
11:00 AMAn exhibition of portraits and self-portraits by 22 of some of the most important and celebrated photographers in the twentieth century. (Ends on Sat, 25th Oct)
F London’s iconic bridges celebrated in new art exhibition (Poplar)
All DayAm exhibition of rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks featuring London's bridges. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Nov)
F Fields of Battle Exhibition (Whitehall)
All DayAn open-air exhibition which captures the eerie peace and beauty of First World War battlefields as they appear today. (Ends on Tue, 11th Nov)
F From Beef Tea to Battleships: Personal Stories from the First World War
9:30 AMGuildhall Library examines the personal accounts and experiences of individuals, including 'Boy', who served on the first submarines (Ends on Wed, 12th Nov)
A City Observed - Signs from Dickens London
All DayAn exhibition that explores the impact that hand crafted Victorian Shop signs had on the writings of Charles Dickens. (Ends on Sat, 15th Nov) (Cost: £8 (for whole museum entry))
F Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith (Regent Street)
All DayNew exhibition and retrospective of Edwin Smith - one of Britain’s foremost 20th century photographers. (Ends on Sat, 6th Dec)
F Exhibition: Waste (Tottenham)
1:00 PMA series of fine wood-cut prints exploring our local municipal waste heritage by dramatist-turned-visual artist Elisabeth Bond. (Ends on Sun, 21st Dec)
F Fanshawe women of the English Civil War (Becontree Heath)
10:00 AMPortraits and stories of women such as Lady Ann Fanshawe, who left a memoir describing the dramatic times of the Civil War. (Ends on Sat, 3rd Jan)
Longitude Punk'd (Greenwich)
All DayThe steampunks are taking over the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Ends on Sun, 4th Jan) (Cost: £7)
F Enfield at War: 1914-1918 (Enfield Town)
All DayThis exhibition will look at how the war affected the residents of Enfield - both in the trenches and on the home front.  (Ends on Sun, 11th Jan)
Goodbye Piccadilly: From the Home Front to the Western Front (Covent Garden)
All DayDiscover the impact on London life and the surprising role London’s bus drivers and their buses played on the Western Front.  (Ends on Sun, 8th Mar) (Cost: £15 (inc repeat visits for a year))
F Front line nurses: British nurses of the First World War (Harley Street)
9:00 AMOn the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition commemorates the professional nurses who worked, served and died between 1914 and 1918. (Ends on Tue, 31st Mar)

Location Map for Today's Events

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