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.

This exhibition looks at the Cold War and its effect on cultural practices in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa region, which generated one of the most fertile periods in the history of Arab culture and publishing. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

The Mosaic Rooms
SW5 0SW
2021-07-22
Borrowed Faces: Future Recall
An exhibition about the 20th century’s most influential floral decorator, Constance Spry.  (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Garden Museum
SE1 7LB
2021-07-22
Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers
Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-07-22
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
Experience colour like never before in an exhibition that celebrates the spectacular shades of the natural world.  (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2021-07-22
Naturally Brilliant Colour
The first major show of art by French post-war painter Olivier Debré in 44 years, bringing together some 30 oils and works on paper. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Estorick Collection
N1 2AN
2021-07-22
Olivier Debré: Fervent Abstraction
This summer, Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, an immersive “experience” based around the life and work of the Dutch artist. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Kensington Gardens
W2 2AR
2021-07-22
Van Gough Alive
Discover the story of Ai-Da, the world’s first convincing humanoid robot capable of creating artworks. (Ending Soon Wed, 29th Sep)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-07-22
Ai-Da: Portrait of the Robot
Original artworks and illustrations from his booklets, inspired by the art in the Painted Hall, will be on display. (Ending Soon Thu, 30th Sep)

Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LW
2021-07-22
500 Years of Mischief and Mayhem in Greenwich
An exhibition exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Garden Design (Ending Soon Thu, 30th Sep)

The Aga Khan Centre
N1C 4DN
2021-07-22
Making Paradise
An analogue journey through unseen footage, unpublished articles and original synthesizers with one of electronic music's pioneering groups. (Ending Soon Thu, 30th Sep)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-07-22
Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
This large scale timeline and exhibition in the gallery tells you some of the extraordinary story within the wider context of the changing East End. (Ending Soon Thu, 30th Sep)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-07-22
The Story of Oxford House
Inspired by artist Anna Ray’s Huguenot ancestors who settled in Spitalfields as textile makers in the 18th century, the exhibition explores the past and present of textile making. (Ending Soon Fri, 1st Oct)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-07-22
On Tenterhooks
The largest solo museum exhibition to date in London of the internationally recognised French artist JR, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the past fifteen years. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Oct)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2021-07-22
JR: Chronicles
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. (Ends on Sat, 9th Oct)

Crafts Council Gallery
N1 9BY
2021-07-22
Maker's Eye: Stories of Crafts
A series of X-ray photographs and poetic texts highlighting extinction and the alarming decline in bird species around the world. (Ends on Sun, 10th Oct)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-07-22
Falling Birds
This exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the history of medicine and the growth of the medical and scientific professions. (Ends on Fri, 15th Oct)

The Royal Society of Medicine
W1G 0AE
2021-07-22
Treasures of the RSM
This exhibition explores the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world. (Ends on Sun, 17th Oct)

Charles Dickens Museum
WC1N 2LX
2021-07-22
More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
Bringing together over 200 objects from collections across Europe and America, this exhibition shows how Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) blazed a new path for the development of abstraction. (Ends on Sun, 17th Oct)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-07-22
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
£7.70  
Pitzhanger presents a new body of work by renowned British artist Julian Opie, including site specific pieces, focusing on architecture, people and nature. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
W5 5EQ
2021-07-22
Julian Opie