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Help support the ianVisits website

For a bit over a decade, ianVisits has been providing news and information about what’s happening in London.

Help support IanVisits website
Help support IanVisits website

The IanVisits website has been running now for just over a decade, initially as a personal blog, later adding the events listings guide to the offbeat and geeky events in London.

Illness and Surgery
Illness and Surgery

Last August I was a bit ill, just a bad cold I thought. Then a few weeks later, a second one. Then I couldn’t walk.

Flotilla of hot air balloons over London on Sunday
Flotilla of hot air balloons over London on Sunday

One of those deeply frustrating moments where I know that something is apparently about to happen, but can’t find out anything more than “it is happening”.

More tickets released for RAF Northolt Open Day
More tickets released for RAF Northolt Open Day

RAF Northolt is 100 years old, and will be hosting a centenary open day on 13th June, with a flying display, static aircraft, stalls and many other activities and demonstrations.

Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news
Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news

The 100th edition — my weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news
Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

Airworthy Spitfire to be put up for sale
Airworthy Spitfire to be put up for sale

If you’re feeling flush, there’s a rare chance to buy a fully working Spitfire plane later this summer, although with a price estimate of £1.5-£2.5 million.

Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news
Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

Abseilers installing art inside Westminster tube station
Abseilers installing art inside Westminster tube station

Last week as London slept, abseilers were seen working their way around the cavernous box that is the Westminster tube station.

Announcing the single blend coffee cafe
Announcing the single blend coffee cafe

London is to get a new one-product cafe shortly, joining the growing trend typified by the owl cafe, the porridge cafe, the cat cafe, the pancake cafe, or the cereal cafe.

Huge model of London to be replaced
Huge model of London to be replaced

If you haven’t been to the Building Centre to have a look at their huge scale model of London, you might want to get along sharpish, as it is about to be replaced.

Tours of the Government Art Collection announced
Tours of the Government Art Collection announced

Dates for new lunchtime tours of the Government Art Collection storage facility have been announced.

London’s weekly railway news #80
London’s weekly railway news #80

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

Give the gift of Museum Membership this Xmas
Give the gift of Museum Membership this Xmas

If you want to give something this Christmas that your recipient can use all year round – rather than socks and fragrances… give them a membership pack for a London museum they like to visit.

Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand
Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand

Somerset House has long been running short tours of the building which can take you down underneath the main forecourt into the deadhouse — but now they have added a new tour which offers a bit more.

Ten years of living with HIV
Ten years of living with HIV

A decade ago I nearly died. Rushed to hospital seriously ill, and given just a 1-in-3 chance of surviving to the following week. I had HIV, and it nearly killed me.

London’s weekly railway news #63
London’s weekly railway news #63

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

A new camera at last
A new camera at last

About 10 years ago I bought a brand new camera. Quite a good one for the time, and although it had wider usage, the motivation was a specific event that I wanted to photograph with something decent.

A birthday and a demographic shift
A birthday and a demographic shift

I marked an anniversary of my birth recently, and moved into an entirely new demographic box.

Clothes shopping
Clothes shopping

I am not much for shopping for clothes, not because I am the sort who is comfortable looking scruffy, but because it is such a chore, and deliberately designed to be so by the fashion retailers.

Open Day Tours of the Eurotunnel terminal
Open Day Tours of the Eurotunnel terminal

A day trip to Folkestone? To look around a train terminal? Sounds good!

Backwards posters to appear on the Underground
Backwards posters to appear on the Underground

As part of the WW1 commemorations, a new art work is to go on display across the London Underground — a backwards poster.

Inside the post-war marvel of Stockwell Bus Garage
Inside the post-war marvel of Stockwell Bus Garage

Hidden away from casual glance on a side street behind Stockwell tube station sits one of the great post-war marvels of architecture.