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.

The first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople. (Ending Soon Tue, 31st Aug)

William Morris Gallery
E17 4PP
2021-07-22
Within The Reach Of All: The Century Guild
White Cube presents ‘Nudità’, an exhibition of new works by Liu Wei. (Ending Soon Sat, 4th Sep)

White Cube Bermondsey
SE1 3TQ
2021-07-22
 Liu Wei Nudità
Meet one of the giants of 20th century design, a free spirit who championed good design for all and was often overshadowed by her famous male collaborators.  (Ending Soon Sat, 4th Sep)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-07-22
Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
Free  
The exhibition includes both gallery artists and guest artists and takes as its starting point an engraving by the great nineteenth century illustrator, Gustave Doré.  (Ending Soon Sat, 4th Sep)

Parafin
W1C 2AL
2021-07-22
The Forest
This exhibition showcases a series of powerful and poetic watercolours made on an expedition to discover the ruins of ancient Ionia (modern Turkey) in 1764. (Ending Soon Sat, 4th Sep)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2021-07-22
The Romance of Ruins
A display celebrating dub reggae and its influence on the capital. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Sep)

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2021-07-22
Dub London: Bassline of a City
A special exhibition of dazzling Tudor treasures celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Sep)

Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU
2021-07-22
Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King
Outdoor art exhibition by Malwawi-born artist Samson Kambalu, who has been creating flags throughout lockdown that explore ideas of national and individual sovereignty and links to emancipatory movements such as Pan-Africanism. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Sep)

Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX
2021-07-22
Samson Kambalu – Black Jack
This exhibition focuses on the artist’s engagement with English marine and coastal subjects at a pivotal time in his career when he was living at Sandycombe Lodge. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Sep)

Turners House
TW1 2LR
2021-07-22
Turner’s English Coasts
Copies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic torches will be on display in London during the summer. (Ending Soon Mon, 6th Sep)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-07-22
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic torches
A collection with an extraordinary story, spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles. (Ending Soon Sat, 11th Sep)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2021-07-22
Chintz: Cotton in Bloom
This curated selection of artworks, on display for a limited time only, shines a new light on the experiences of ordinary people forced into new patterns of living by Nazi air raids. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

Churchill War Rooms
SW1A 2AQ
2021-07-22
 Wartime London: Art of the Blitz
£18  
Epic Iran explores 5,000 years of Iranian art, design and culture, bringing together over 300 objects from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-07-22
Epic Iran
A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2021-07-22
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
Featuring works by children from 30 different primary schools, the exhibition showcases the richness of children's creative responses – from armoured beasts and shining shields to plumed helmets and printed flowers. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-07-22
Take One Picture 2021
This landmark exhibition brings together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-07-22
Turner's Modern World
An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.  (Ending Soon Sun, 19th Sep)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-07-22
Michael Armitage - Paradise Edict
Free  
An exhibition exploring the phenomena of skateboarding and the impact of its culture and communities on the UK over the past 45 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th Sep)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2021-07-22
No Comply
Embrace the wonderfully weird world of plant biodiversity through newly commissioned interactive art installations using music, sound and colour. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th Sep)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2021-07-22
The Secret World of Plants