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


Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

Andy Billman’s new photographic series documents the bricked-up windows of London, examining the role that light and air play for our wellbeing in the spaces we inhabit. (Ending Soon Sat, 26th Jun)

Bermondsey Project Space
SE1 3UW
2021-06-23
Daylight Robbery
Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China retells one of the largely forgotten histories between Britain and China in the 19th Century.  (Ending Soon Sat, 26th Jun)

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2021-06-23
A new photographic exhibition curated by Francisco Ibáñez Hantke and Luke O’Donovan, focusing on the ways in which socioeconomic and political powers shape the built environment (Ending Soon Sat, 26th Jun)

Bermondsey Project Space
SE1 3UW
2021-06-23
Power Structures
Global gathering of designers with installations and presentations across Somerset House. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Jun)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2021-06-23
London Design Biennale
An affordable art fair is to take over a large number of commercial advertising displays across East London for a fortnight. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Jun)

Various locations
2021-06-23
Zoe Zenghelis’ paintings are inspired by metropolitan structure, landform, and abstract tectonics. (Ending Soon Wed, 30th Jun)

Architectural Association
WC1B 3ES
2021-06-23
Do you remember how perfect everything was?
This exhibition follows the lives of soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years. (Ending Soon Thu, 1st Jul)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-06-23
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
This monumental sculpture by Luke Jerram amazes audiences as it rotates slowly while suspended in mid-air, an exact scale replica of Earth made using NASA imagery. (Ending Soon Thu, 1st Jul)

Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LW
2021-06-23
Gaia Returns to the Painted Hall
Explore the history of the Krio people of Sierra Leone and discover the dress, architecture, language, lifestyle and tradition of their community. (Ending Soon Sun, 4th Jul)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-06-23
The Krios of Sierra Leone
A solo exhibition of new and archival works that spotlight Black Queer legacies in Britain by Ajamu X. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Jul)

Cubitt Artists
N1 9HH
2021-06-23
Ajamu: Archival Sensoria
This exhibition showcases the innovative work of Japanese textile designer Sudō Reiko, who is renowned for pushing boundaries of textile production and championing new methods of sustainable manufacturing. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Jul)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-06-23
MAKING NUNO Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko
A new outdoor exhibition, Gunnersbury Park Museum celebrates the life and work of Ealing Studios stills photographer Roy Gough. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Jul)

Gunnersbury Park Museum
W3 8LQ
2021-06-23
Shooting Stars: Behind the scenes at Ealing Studios
Works from the period of the two artists’ friendship will be shown side by side for the first time, along with unseen materials from Beard’s archives including letters and photographs. (Ending Soon Fri, 16th Jul)

Ordovas
W1S 2ER
2021-06-23
Wild Life: Francis Bacon and Peter Beard
Taking inspiration from Bloomberg’s location in the City of London, Dant’s epic sepia ink drawing encapsulates 2,000 years of the everyday life and times of Budge Row, the famous once-lost thoroughfare now reinstated as Bloomberg Arcade. (Ending Soon Sat, 17th Jul)

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-06-23
Adam Dant - The Budge Row Bibliotheque
This exhibition celebrates the Company’s history and its crafts of joinery and woodcarving, to mark the 450th anniversary of the granting of the Company’s Royal Charter in 1571. (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Jul)

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2021-06-23
The Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers
This first solo exhibition of new works by Rafael Trelles, explores the notion of the Axis Mundi, a mythic tree that represents a portal between this and other worlds. (Ending Soon Sat, 24th Jul)

October Gallery
WC1N 3AL
2021-06-23
Rafael Trelles: AXIS MUNDI
The South African artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK takes inspiration from indigenous dance. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Jul)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-06-23
Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust
See the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the UK in over a decade, featuring the UK premiere of a ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ new feature-length film. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Jul)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-06-23
Matthew Barney: Redoubt
For this occasion, the artist presents a new series of 6 acrylics on canvas inspired by the latest trends in the contemporary Asian avant-garde.  (Ending Soon Fri, 30th Jul)

Dorothy Circus Gallery
W2 2AZ
2021-06-23
Misterioso - Cheng Cheng Yi
A collection of limited edition prints and original drawings including maps that salute London’s Theatres, Lost Rivers and bustling London Squares. (Ending Soon Sat, 31st Jul)

St Martin-in-the-Fields
WC2N 4JJ
2021-06-23
Adam Dant – The Return of London