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 richly decorated Victorian Leadenhall Market has been filled with neon lighting from Gods Own Junkyard. (Ends on Sat, 31st Jul)

2021-07-26
Neon lights filling Leadenhall Market
The fifty-sixth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. (Ends on Sun, 1st Aug)

2021-07-26
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
An annual exhibition showcasing the world's greatest space photography. (Ends on Sun, 8th Aug)

2021-07-26
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
This display weaves together a rich tapestry of artistic expression from artists born in, or connected to, countries from Iran to Morocco.  (Ends on Sun, 15th Aug)

2021-07-26
Reflections contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
This display marks the launch of Network Rail’s new customised typeface, Rail Alphabet 2, designed by her in close collaboration with Henrik Kubel. (Ends on Tue, 17th Aug)

2021-07-26
Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work
This is a rare opportunity to see one of Poland’s most loved works of art. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Aug)

2021-07-26
Conversations with God - Jan Matejko’s Copernicus
An exhibition celebrating French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the most singular and provocative voices in postwar modern art. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Aug)

2021-07-26
Jean Dubuffet - Brutal Beauty
Discover the murder that shook the Middle Ages in this dramatic exhibition about the life, death and legacy of Thomas Becket. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Aug)

2021-07-26
Thomas Becket - Murder and the making of a saint
An exhibition devoted to the life and work of Claudia Andujar and her collaboration with the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous peoples. (Ends on Sun, 29th Aug)

2021-07-26
Claudia Andujar - The Yanomami Struggle
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.  (Ends on Sat, 4th Sep)

2021-07-26
Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life
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. (Ends on Sun, 5th Sep)

2021-07-26
Samson Kambalu – Black Jack
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. (Ends on Sun, 12th Sep)

2021-07-26
Turner's Modern World
Embrace the wonderfully weird world of plant biodiversity through newly commissioned interactive art installations using music, sound and colour. (Ends on Sun, 19th Sep)

2021-07-26
The Secret World of Plants
An exhibition about the 20th century’s most influential floral decorator, Constance Spry.  (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-07-26
Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers
This summer, Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, an immersive “experience” based around the life and work of the Dutch artist. (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-07-26
Van Gough Alive
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)

2021-07-26
Falling Birds
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)

2021-07-26
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
This exhibition explores the true story of Rome's fifth emperor informed by new research and archaeological evidence from the time, challenging the biased historical accounts written after Nero’s death that have shaped his legacy. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-07-26
Nero - The man behind the myth
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The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-07-26
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)

2021-07-26
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street