An alternative guide to what's on in London

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.

Free Event Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
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One-Off Events Happening Today Only

6:00 PMArt Inspired by Medicine and Surgery (Southwark)
Booking Required
This lecture attempts to look at some of the array of Art inspired, at least in part, by Medicine and Surgery.
(Cost: £8)
6:00 PMTown Hall Talks: ‘The Changing Role of Town Halls in the Community’ (Battersea)
Free Event
This talk will look at the history of Battersea Town Hall and explore the wider significance of civic spaces
6:20 PMCharles Dickens Museum by Candlelight
Booking Required
Vistors will be able to surround themselves in what the Victorian writer called ‘a ruddy, homely… glow’
(Cost: £15)
6:30 PMContraception & Consent: a 19thC Sex Education
Booking Required
This talk will showcase the surprising world of Victorian Sex Education.
(Cost: £9.50)
6:30 PMIn Conversation with Charles Moore - 25 years since Baroness Thatcher left office (Pimlico)
Free Event Booking Required An in conversation event with Baroness Thatcher's authorised biographer Charles Moore.
6:30 PMThe Politics of Equity: who owns the city? (Holborn)
Booking Required
Could this form of investment and speculation in cities and buildings be causing de-urbanisation?
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PM50 Years of the London Borough of Greenwich
The Greenwich Historical Society presents an illustrated reminiscence by Julian Watson.
(Cost: £3 donation.)
6:30 PMWitnessing The Birth Of An Ocean - Rifting In The Afar Depression, Ethiopia, Eritrea & Djibouti (Euston)
Booking Required
In this talk Dr. Hammond will provide an insight in what it is like to work in one of the world's most inhospitable deserts,
(Cost: Free)
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
Free Event
Take in a zombie invasion, the Enigma machine, fine art and the planets at this month’s maths-themed Science Museum Lates.
7:00 PMGreat Scout: who was Lady Baden-Powell? (East Molesey)
Booking Required
Join this talk as we explore the determination of this intriguing character despite a backdrop of war and personal turmoil.
(Cost: £15)

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

10:00 AM Waterloo Lives: The Defence of Hougoumont Farm (Victoria)
A temporary exhibition which looks at how the Battle of Waterloo was fought and won.  (Ending Soon! Sat, 28th Nov) (Cost: £5)
All Day 2015 World Press Photo Exhibition (Southwark)
Free Event
A display of award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful and moving images of the year. (Ending Soon! Sun, 29th Nov)
All Day The Barbican Exhibition: Building a Landmark (Barbican)
Free Event
Explore almost three decades of the estate’s construction from the mid-1950s to 1982. (Ending Soon! Sun, 29th Nov)
11:00 AM James Bond photography exhibition (Poplar)
Free Event
A 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. (Ending Soon! Mon, 30th Nov)
All Day Sara Hannant’s Out of the Fire exhibition at Oxford House (Bethnal Green)
Free Event
A photographic installation re-enchants the power of fairy tales, as female characters from vintage Ladybird books are transformed through fire.  (Ending Soon! Mon, 30th Nov)
7:00 PM This is Nursing (Harley Street)
Free Event
Take a look back at the last 200 years in nursing, from concerned amateur to compassionate expert. (Ending Soon! Mon, 30th Nov)
All Day The Sinews of War: Arms and Armour from the Age of Agincourt (Marylebone High St)
Free Event
This special display brings together original weapons and armour dating from the time of the battle, (Ending Soon! Tue, 1st Dec)
All Day Henry V’s Crystal Sceptre on display
Free Event
Very rarely seen, Henry V’s Crystal Sceptre has gone on public display for the first time. (Ending Soon! Thu, 3rd Dec)
All Day Stables and Lucraft: Ulmus Londinium (Strand)
Free Event
This installation celebrates the Elm tree’s relationship with London’s historic built environment, crafts and biodiversity. (Ending Soon! Sat, 5th Dec)
8:00 PM Drawing in silver and gold Leonardo to Jasper Johns (Russell Square)
Explore the development of the artistic technique of metalpoint from the Renaissance to the present,  (Ending Soon! Sun, 6th Dec) (Cost: £8)


Regular Events on Today

(typically repeat each week)

12:00 PMData Bites, Lunch Time Talks - Home Office
Booking Required
Interested in Big Data and how it can drive technological innovation?   Heard a lot about Big Data but not sure what it is, what is actually being done with it and why it matters? If so, come
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PMThe Wild And Wonderful Women Of Soho (Picadilly)
Booking Required
Join Michael as he looks at how women helped make Soho what it is today
(Cost: £9.00)
6:00 PMThe Wild and Wonderful Women of Soho
Booking Required
300 years of Soho history and the women who helped shape London's most bohemian quarter.
(Cost: £12)