Welcome to the IanVisits alternative guide to London.
Lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random geeky miscellany.


Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 23rd Aug 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of queer venues and social networks collated by University College London’s Urban Laboratory. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Aug)

2019-08-23
Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today
This exhibition explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Aug)

2019-08-23
Raw Materials: Plastics
Prepare for your preconceptions of AI to be challenged by this timely exhibition, that reflects on how this technology impacts our very existence. (Ending Soon Mon, 26th Aug)

2019-08-23
AI: More than Human
One of the biggest mysteries in physics today is what exactly makes up our Universe, and why – 95 per cent of it cannot be observed. (Ending Soon Mon, 26th Aug)

2019-08-23
DARK MATTER: 95% of the Universe is Missing
£19.50  
Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. (Ending Soon Mon, 26th Aug)

2019-08-23
Manga
More than 50 Lego models will be on show, from individual pieces, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. (Ending Soon Tue, 27th Aug)

2019-08-23
Lego Brick Wonders
Discover the extraordinary history behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements: how we write (Ending Soon Tue, 27th Aug)

2019-08-23
Writing: Making Your Mark
An exhibition of the works to restore a Victorian building back to a public community centre. (Ending Soon Wed, 28th Aug)

2019-08-23
The Devil's in the Detail …A Heritage Building Restoration
This display showcases examples of her childhood sketches and domestic projects alongside her famous illustrations that came later.  (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Aug)

2019-08-23
Beatrix Potter's Art: 'drawn with design'
An exhibition that examines how we navigate, document and shape the built environment today. (Ending Soon Fri, 30th Aug)

2019-08-23
 Contemporary Cartography
Brilliant Visions presents drawings and paintings by Surrealist artists who took part in the Guttman-Maclay mescaline experiments of the 1930s. (Ending Soon Fri, 30th Aug)

2019-08-23
A heritage exhibition revealing the stories of the people that shaped London’s Chinatown into the iconic district it is today.  (Ending Soon Fri, 30th Aug)

2019-08-23
The Making of Chinatown
The Illuminated River display includes architectural drawings and animations of the project, alongside historic Thames paintings. (Ending Soon Sun, 1st Sep)

2019-08-23
Illuminated River
This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. (Ending Soon Sun, 1st Sep)

2019-08-23
Lee Krasner - Living Colour
See an epic 20 feet panorama depicting the lost Houses of Parliament on display. (Ending Soon Sun, 1st Sep)

2019-08-23
Panorama: London's lost view
There’s a rare chance to see a whimsical train built by Rowland Emett before it is sold at an auction. (Ending Soon Tue, 3rd Sep)

2019-08-23
This exhibition shines a spotlight on a brief but intense period of dynamic printmaking during the interwar period, with the first major show of work by artists from the Grosvenor School of Modern Art.  (Ending Soon Sun, 8th Sep)

2019-08-23
Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking
£15.50  
A group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th Sep)

2019-08-23
Kiss My Genders
For the first time in the UK see selections from three of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary notebooks to explore his fascination with motion. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th Sep)

2019-08-23
Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion
Bringing together drawings and objects in the spaces of Sir John Soane’s Museum, this exhibition examines Soane’s innovative use of light and optical devices in architectural design. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th Sep)

2019-08-23
Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light