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
tbaTower Beach Open Day (Tower Hill)
F A rare opportunity to enjoy the once bustling London beach at Tower Bridge in front of the Tower of London.
10:00 AMTours of a tall sailing ship (Poplar)
F Visit a tall sailing ship on a visit from Colombia
10:30 AMThe Derelict London All-day Guided Walking Tour Of The Woolwich Area With Author Paul Talling (East Ham)
B An all-day guided walking tour of the Woolwich area covering both sides of the River Thames.
(Cost: £16.50)
11:00 AMCamberwell Bus Garage Open Day (Camberwell)
F Camberwell Bus Garage will open its doors to members of the public in the next of a series of bus garage open days.
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 PMThe Tidal Thames (Erith)
B A four-mile walk of the urban infrastructure, flood management engineering and natural beauty of the tidal Thames, all within the M25.
(Cost: £5)
2:00 PM19 Princelet Street Open Day
F A rare opportunity to explore this tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house later turned into a Synagogue.
3:00 PMThe Return Of The Walthamstow Mysteries (Walthamstow)
B Join us on an unusual excursion round the Marshes led by the colourful Local Historian and the Lady of the Pageant.
(Cost: Free)
8:00 PMCookbook Confidential: The Food and Drink Festival (Southwark)
B The festival features discussions, demonstrations and tastings with food and drink authors.
(Cost: various)

More events in London this Month

 

Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
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 AMMagna Carta and the City
F Follow the story of 'bad' King John through the streets of the City of London.
11:00 AMLondon's River - The City's Ebb And Flow
B A stunning highway lined with iconic architecture tells an intriguing story of the City's past and present.
(Cost: £8.04)
2:00 PMArchitecture Tours (Barbican)
B Regular tours of the brutalist Barbican centre
(Cost: £10.50)

 

Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
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 (Ending Soon! 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. (Ending Soon! 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. (Ending Soon! 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. (Ending Soon! Fri, 11th Sep)
Revelations: Experiments in Photography (South Kensington)
All DayAn exhibition about the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art. (Ending Soon! 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 Missionaries & Idols in Polynesia (Euston)
All DayAn exhibition documenting the London Missionary Society from 1792 to 1825 showing its formation to its initial ‘success’ in Polynesia. (Ends on Sat, 26th 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)
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 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 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)
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 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)