Welcome to the IanVisits guide to free and cheap lectures, talks, heritage, walks and miscellany happening around London.


Thursday 13th February

Ever wondered what the future of transport might hold? Well, now is your chance to navigate the twists and turns of travel with Imperial experts...
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
Future Commuter
Daniel Kowalsky, one of the principal international experts on the subject, examines the controversial role of the Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War in the light of the opening of Russian archives.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Holborn
Explore the orchid festival after dark in these evening events taking you into the world of Kew and Indonesia.
 Starts at 6:30pm
 
 Richmond
Orchids: After hours
Take a peek behind the scenes this Valentine's with HistFest at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Islington
In October 1726, Mary Toft was found to have given birth to 17 rabbits in Godalming, Surrey, or did she?
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder
An evening of William Feaver discussing the first part of his biography of Lucian Freud.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Paddington
Lucian Freud in Paddington
The ‘Dark Side of Jewellery’ is, of course, funerary jewellery, which played such a big part in the Victorians’ social attitude to death, funerals and mourning.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Highgate
A talk about historic crimes such as The Great Train Robbery and the techniques used to bring the criminals to justice and how modern resources could have resulted in a faster result.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Farringdon
Diaries of a Private Investigator
£5.00 Mermaids
This talk will trace the myth around the oceans & look at different varieties of Mer-folk & their encounters with humans.
 8pm to 10pm
 
 Southwark
Mermaids

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

This display of winning entries from the latest Army Film and Photographic Competition gives a unique insight into life in the British Army.
Army Film and Photographic Competition: 2020 winners
event time 10am to 5:30pm
 Chelsea
 Closing soon Thu, 13th Feb
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In a cold room, specially created for the exhibition, slices taken from Antarctic ice cores appear to float on a solid ice floor.
Wayne Binitie: Ice Floor
event time 9am to 6pm
 Tottenham Court Road
 Closing soon Fri, 14th Feb
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Explore the underbelly of our digital world in this exhibition revealing the powerful, and often hidden, forces at play in artificial intelligence.
Trevor Paglen - From 'Apple' to 'Anomaly'
event time 11am to 9pm
 Barbican
 Closing soon Sat, 15th Feb
2020-02-13
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This exhibition showcases original archives from the collections which illustrate the prolific activism of the people of Tower Hamlets in the latter decades of the twentieth century.
Unite and Resist
event time 9am to 8pm
 Whitechapel
 Closing soon Sat, 15th Feb
2020-02-13
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The little known story of one of the capital’s most intriguing cemeteries is revealed for the first time in this exhibition.
House of Life Exhibition
event time 9am to 8pm
 Willesden
 Closing soon Sun, 16th Feb
2020-02-13
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The winning and commended entries of the third Architecture Drawing Prize will be exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum.
The Architecture Drawing Prize
event time 10am to 5pm
 Holborn
 Closing soon Sun, 16th Feb
2020-02-13
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An exhibition about the making of Chinatown - find out about the construction and history of the iconic Leicester Square neighbourhood.
The Making of Chinatown
event time 10am to 7pm
 Closing soon Sat, 22nd Feb
2020-02-13
2020-02-13
An exhibition exploring the non-stop nature of modern lives.
24/7
event time 11am to 8pm
 Strand
 Closing soon Sun, 23rd Feb
2020-02-13
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This small display considers the historical creation of single-use and repurposed objects and presents an artistic response to plastic waste washing up in Pacific islands.
Disposable? Rubbish and us
event time 10am to 5:30pm
 Russell Square
 Closing soon Sun, 23rd Feb
2020-02-13
2020-02-13
Discover how architects, artists and designers are responding today to some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times.
Eco-Visionaries - Confronting a planet in a state of emergency
event time 10am to 6pm
 Picadilly
 Closing soon Sun, 23rd Feb
2020-02-13
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Exhibitions opening soon


Walking tours of London on Thursday 13th February 2020

Called the Street of Shame, there’s more to this road between the City of London and the City of Westminster than its newspaper heritage.
 2pm to 3:45pm
 
 City of London
2020-02-13
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Stories of Fleet Street Guided Walk

On this guided tour, led by an expert City of London of Guide, you’ll see several of his finest places of worship. Judge for yourself which is the finest!
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2020-02-13
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City in Spires - A Tour of Wren Churches

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace (and learn how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!")
 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
 Barbican
2020-02-13
2020-02-13

Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

 

Tower Bridge opening times

Tower Bridge is not due to open today. The next scheduled opening is on Mon 9th Mar at 06:30pm