Welcome to the IanVisits alternative guide to London.
Lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random geeky miscellany.
Exhibitions in London open on Mon, 19th Feb 2018
Displayed in date order by how soon they close.
The Charles Dickens Museum explores the creation of the story that may just be the most loved of the author’s tales. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)
Discover Jon Snow's unique and colourful collection of ties crafted by the UK's last silk-weaving factory. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)
Explore the secrets behind Michael’s storytelling through his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)
Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring the vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)
The exhibition showcases a display of wizarding books, manuscripts and magical objects. (Ending Soon Wed, 28th Feb)
£11.50 Whales: Beneath the surface
More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, (Ending Soon Wed, 28th Feb)
The nursing workforce is diverse, with healthcare workers representing a huge variety of backgrounds and experiences. This exhibition celebrates the contributions of some of the people whose work and lives have too often been overlooked. (Ending Soon Sat, 10th Mar)
£18 Orchids Festival
A celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life and culture at Kew's Orchids Festival. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Mar)
A display of rarely-seen records, players and recorders, exploring how technology has transformed our listening experience. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Mar)
Free Czechia Now!
A fashion and photography exhibition resulting from an unconventional research trip around the Czech Republic. (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Mar)
Free The People's Forest
A major new contemporary visual art project which explores the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland, Epping Forest. (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Mar)
This display looks at the changing roles of currency and exchange in communist states in the century since the 1917 Russian Revolution. (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Mar)
Explore the history behind the creation of the open spaces, gardens, and conservatory that are found across the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre. (Ending Soon Tue, 20th Mar)
The office of 2035: what will it look like and how will it support the way we will work? (Ending Soon Wed, 21st Mar)
This exhibition features rare Soviet scores, texts and vinyl, and tells stories of Soviet composers’ complex negotiations with political power (Ending Soon Tue, 27th Mar)
Creating sculptures and installations from caul fat and other animal organs, artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva draws attention to parts of the body we would sometimes rather forget. (Ending Soon Wed, 28th Mar)
This exhibition explores the past, present and future of transport and streets in The City. (Ending Soon Fri, 30th Mar)
Take a journey through the remarkable history of Indian innovation and discovery. (Ending Soon Sat, 31st Mar)
An ambitious survey of the technological and artistic development of photography in India. (Ending Soon Sat, 31st Mar)
£8 Nature Morte
Explore the transience of time and the problem of mortality as the 16th-century tradition of still life meets modern art. (Ending Soon Mon, 2nd Apr)