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
6:00 PMPhilip Astley, Circus Showman - From Westminster Bridge to the World (Cheapside, City of London)
B Mike Rendell discusses the 18th-century entrepreneur Philip Astley, called the founder of the modern circus.
(Cost: £5.95)

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Regular Events on Today (typically repeat each week)
6:30 PMSignwriter Seminar (Stoke Newington)
B Get a taste for the craft at these live evening demonstrations from a variety of UK signwriters.
(Cost: £15)


Temporary Exhibitions Open Today
B Science Museum Live: The Energy Show (South Kensington)
tbaMethane bubbles are set alight to make fireballs, liquid nitrogen freezes flowers, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience. (Ending Soon! Sun, 3rd Aug) (Cost: various)
F Vivat! Vivat! My England! (South Kensington)
12:00 PMDisplay of photographs by legendary John Hedgecoe, and includes the most reproduced photo in history. (Ending Soon! Tue, 5th Aug)
For King and Country? (Camden)
10:00 AMAn exhibition exploring the Jewish experience of the First World War. (Ending Soon! Sun, 10th Aug) (Cost: £7.50)
Comics Unmasked (Camden)
All DayThis exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrations (Ends on Tue, 19th Aug) (Cost: £9.50)
F Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain
11:00 AMA display of over fifty key objects featuring the quirky, colourful and often charming design style that emerged from the 1950s in the Soviet Union. (Ends on Sun, 24th Aug)
F Garibaldi in London
10:00 AMThis exhibition explores Garibaldi’s extraordinary impact on mid Victorian society. (Ends on Fri, 29th Aug)
F Stories of Friendship - The Human Spirit in Wartime 1943-1945 (Bayswater)
10:00 AMAn exhibition of photographs looking at interactions between British soldiers and the Italian civilian population. (Ends on Fri, 29th Aug)
As Large as Life Quentin Blake (Bexley, Kent)
10:00 AMAn exhibition of art works created for hospitals designed to have a therapeutic effect on their residents. (Ends on Sun, 31st Aug) (Cost: £8 (for admission to entire building))
F Roof Garden on top of John Lewis
10:00 AMThe roof of John Lewis on Oxford Street has been converted into a public garden. (Ends on Sun, 31st Aug)
F Whisper of the Stars: Traditional Life in Arctic Siberia (Forest Hill)
All DayPhotography exhibition showing life in the far north of the planet. (Ends on Sun, 7th Sep)
Mammoths: Ice Age Giants (South Kensington)
All DayFossils, skeletons and huge models tower above you in a mighty display of tusks and trunks. (Ends on Sun, 7th Sep) (Cost: £10)
F The House in the Sky - Artists Imagine New Utopias (Southwark)
7:00 PMDrawings by 10 artists on the topic of the changing landscapes of cities. (Ends on Sun, 7th Sep)
Sensational Butterflies (South Kensington)
All DayCelebrate the arrival of spring with wriggly caterpillars, beautiful butterflies and majestic moths in the return of this outdoor butterfly hou (Ends on Sun, 14th Sep) (Cost: £5.50)
F Dream, Draw, Work (Picadilly)
10:00 AMThis exhibition explores the materials, draughtsmanship and design practices of Shaw and his small but brilliant staff. (Ends on Sun, 14th Sep)
Digital Revolution (Barbican)
All DayAn immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames (Ends on Sun, 14th Sep) (Cost: £13.50)
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (South Kensington)
All DayThis major exhibition showcases more than 200 specimens, objects and life-size models.  (Ends on 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. (Ends on Sun, 28th Sep)
F The Kaiser’s Jewish Soldiers: Loyalty, Identity, Betrayal (Bloomsbury)
10:00 AMAn exhibition about the 100,000 Jews who fought for Germany during WW1. (Ends on Wed, 8th Oct)
The First Georgians (Westminster)
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)
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 Emergency! London 1914 (Farringdon)
9:30 AMThis exhibition will explore changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war. (Ends on Thu, 30th 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)
Longitude Punk'd (Greenwich)
All DayThe steampunks are taking over the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (Ends on Sun, 4th Jan) (Cost: £7)
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))

Location Map for Today's Events

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