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.

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The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-07-22
Paula Rego
Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-07-22
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames (Ends on Sat, 30th Oct)

Southwark Cathedral
SE1 9DA
2021-07-22
Larking: The Thames and Beyond
A display of Asante treasures from Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-07-22
Asante Goldweights
Five monumental views reunited for the first time in more than 250 years. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-07-22
Bellotto: The Königstein Views Reunited
Featuring over 50 books, documents, film clips and original artworks, the exhibition explores Michael Bond’s creation of Paddington, from his arrival in the UK from Peru, to finding a new home, and his adventures in London. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-07-22
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF
2021-07-22
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
This exhibition invites you to step inside the story and characters of one of the world’s most iconic graphic novels: V for Vendetta. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

Cartoon Museum
W1A 3AE
2021-07-22
Discover the shared military heritage between the UK and the Caribbean in this special exhibition exploring the role of West Indian soldiers in the British Army. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-07-22
West Indian Soldier
A new photographic art display exploring contemporary relationships with spiritualism, reality and surrealism, through a Black British lens. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-07-22
An Ode to Afrosurrealism
In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace (Ends on Sun, 14th Nov)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-07-22
Beuys’ Acorns
This group exhibition and artist led research project unearths and interrogates our connection with our habitats and ecosystems, both global and local.  (Ends on Sun, 14th Nov)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-07-22
Remember the Future
The Art of Banksy holds the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

Belgo
WC2H 9LJ
2021-07-22
The Art of Banksy
This major exhibition is the first to focus on the importance of plaster in his work. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-07-22
The Making of Rodin
Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-07-22
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
This display reflects on the role of humour in debates around identity, empire and power over the past two hundred years. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-07-22
Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation
This display of artworks and manuscripts explores the life and interests of Joseph Banks (1743-1820) through some of his extraordinary collections. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-07-22
The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks
This exhibition will display works from throughout the artist’s career and explore how her admiration for William Hogarth has inspired elements of her work. (Ends on Fri, 26th Nov)

Hogarth's House
W4 2QN
2021-07-22
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s. (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

Whitechapel Gallery
E1 7QX
2021-07-22
Phantoms of Surrealism