The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Sunday 23rd May.


Top events in London on Sun 23rd May 2021

An open day at the Victorian steam pumping station in Abbey Wood that was the final point in London's sewer network.
10am to 4pm
 
Abbey Wood
Crossness steam engine open day
Hackney Record Fair provides a unique opportunity for independent labels, record vendors, and used hifi dealers to sell directly to the fans who love them.
11am to 6pm
 
Stoke Newington
Hackney Record Fair
A friendly and informal garden square with mature and rare trees, plants and shrubs laid out according to the original Victorian design of 1862
2pm to 6pm
 
Notting Hill
Visit a garden - Arundel & Elgin Gardens (Notting Hill)
This steeply sloping garden comprises woodland walks, filled with flowering shrubs and ferns.
2pm to 6pm
 
Wimbledon
Visit a garden - 61 Arthur Road (Wimbledon)
These five adjacent long gardens run for 100 yds from the back of historic houses on Kew Green down to the Thames towpath.
2pm to 5pm
 
Visit a garden - Kew Green Gardens

Online events / webinars

Often misrepresented, stereotyped and misunderstood, this talk will discuss the history of Haitian Vodou.
8pm to 9:30pm
 
The History and Mystery of Haitian Vodou, Zoom Lecture by Dr Louise Fenton

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

D’Stassi Art Presents Shipwreck: New Work  by Peter Opheim
For the exhibition, the gallery will be transformed into an overgrown, supernaturally lit terrain inspired by the scene depicted in the painting the exhibition takes its name from.
D’Stassi Art Presents Shipwreck: New Work  by Peter Opheim
10am to 6pm
Islington
Closing soon Thu, 7th October
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Back Lit by Andrew Gibson
The work in this exhibition is painted mostly on objects that the artist has salvaged from the streets and buildings of London.
Back Lit by Andrew Gibson
11am to 5pm
Stoke Newington
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving
An exhibition examining the industry’s innovative nature, presenting the unique depth of rush weaving’s aesthetics and its historical value to Taiwan.
Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving
11am to 6pm
Southwark
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
MacGregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
Bentleys, the vintage luggage specialist, hosts a week-long residency with arguably Britain’s finest traditional leather craftspeople: Tetbury’s Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael.
MacGregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
11am to 5pm
Sloane Square
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Maker's Eye: Stories of Crafts
An exhibition that celebrates the breadth, diversity and qualities of craft, and includes numerous craft objects made in the UK over the course of the last 50 years.
Maker's Eye: Stories of Crafts
All Day
Islington
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
Visitors can see the entire process of creating handwoven textiles, from setting up the warp, weaving both tapestries and rugs, and finally taking the finished piece off the loom.
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
2pm to 6pm
Bethnal Green
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence
Five leading contemporary craft galleries on display in the historic, 19th-century official residence of the Argentine ambassador.
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence
12pm to 5pm
Belgravia
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow
20 designers have been invited to think about their experiences of a pandemic world.
Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow
10am to 6pm
Kensington
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Falling Birds
A series of X-ray photographs and poetic texts highlighting extinction and the alarming decline in bird species around the world.
Falling Birds
10am to 5:30pm
Forest Hill
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23
Hand & Lock: Behind the Scenes of a 250-Year-Old Embroidery House
Embroiderers to the British Royal Family, Savile Row and top European designers, Hand & Lock opens its doors for one week to offer an insight into Britain’s oldest embroidery house.
Hand & Lock: Behind the Scenes of a 250-Year-Old Embroidery House
10am to 4:30pm
Belgravia
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-05-23
2021-05-23

Exhibitions opening soon


What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Sunday 23rd May 2021

A walk that explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital.
 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
 City of London
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We’re just a few stops up the Northern Line, but we’re in a country village nestling round what was once an old pond.
 10:45am to 12:45pm
 
 Highgate
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Volunteer-led walks through a 21 acre memorial landscape steeped in social history from the Victorian Jewish community through to the present day.
 11am to 12:15pm
 
 Willesden
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Enjoy an insider's tour of the City, including Guildhall, Mansion House, the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange.
 11am to 12:30pm
 
 City of London
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A guided walk around Shoreditch looking at the ever-changing street art.
 11am to 4pm
 
 City of London
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This Magical Mystery Tour is a chance to “Imagine” Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Bloomsbury
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A guided walk around Westminster ending at the Cabinet War rooms looking at the area's WW2 history.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
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A guided walk around the City looking for old London.
 2:45pm to 4:45pm
 
 Barbican
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In this virtual walk around Bloomsbury and beyond, we will discover how buildings shape stories and link the past to the present.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
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