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.

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One-Off Events Happening Today Only

6:30 PMFilm screening: Piccadilly (1929) (Covent Garden)
Booking Required
A special screening of Piccadilly, a stylish evocation of Jazz Age London, ranging from the opulent West End nightclubs to seedy Limehouse.
(Cost: £15)
6:30 PMAnimal Showoff
Booking Required
Animal Showoff is an anarchic night in celebration of the natural world. Expect science, jokes, music, stories and laughter.
(Cost: £6)
6:30 PMMarcus Barnett: The Glory of the Garden (South Kensington)
Booking Required
Join leading landscape and garden designer and Chelsea Gold medallist, Marcus Barnett in a talk that coincides with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown.
(Cost: £10, £7 concessions)
7:00 PMThe Crime Museum: fact and fiction (Barbican)
Booking Required
Join authors and experts to explore 140 years’ worth of public fascination with Scotland Yard's private 'black museum'.
(Cost: £15)
7:00 PMA British-Owned Congo: Roger Casement’s Battle with Slavery in Peru (1910-1914) (Holborn)
A talk about Roger Casement, who was a campaigner for human rights in the early 20th century.
(Cost: £5)

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

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)
All Day The future of the rural world? Indian villages, 1950-2015 (Euston)
Free Event
The exhibition showcases examples from 3 Indian villages, as a way to think more broadly about possible futures of the rural world. (Ending Soon! Sat, 12th Dec)
1:00 PM Glass Delusions (Euston)
Free Event
The 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)
10:00 AM Power and beauty: seals, charters and the story of identity (Camden)
Free Event
An exhibition of around 40 objects showing Royal power, including the never previously exhibited great seal of King John (Ends on Wed, 23rd Dec)
12:00 PM Made in China (Greenwich)
The 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)
5:00 PM Christmas at Kew 2015 (Richmond)
Booking Required
The one-mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after-dark experienc (Ends on Sat, 2nd Jan) (Cost: £16)
All Day Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes (Bethnal Green)
Free Event
Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past (Ends on Sun, 3rd Jan)


Regular Events on Today

(typically repeat each week)

12:00 PMLook Up London Walking Tour: Fleet Street Secrets (Strand)
Booking Required
You'll discover sights that you’ve never noticed before and encounter tales of disgruntled writers, murderous villains and pet parrots.
(Cost: £12)
1:15 PMSomerset House: The Old Palaces Tour (Strand)
Free Event
A guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed.