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.

An annual exhibition showcasing the world's greatest space photography. (Ends on Sun, 8th Aug)

2021-08-07
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
This display presents for the first time watercolour during the Renaissance as a unified art form, highlighting its versatility and pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and documenting the natural world.  (Ends on Sun, 8th Aug)

2021-08-07
Renaissance Watercolours
This exhibition charts the development of Blake’s approach to collage-making, beginning with his layering of subject matter in early painted compositions and experiments with collaged paper (Ends on Fri, 13th Aug)

2021-08-07
Peter Blake: Time Traveller
This exhibition seeks to explore key aspects of John Hassall’s work, and to celebrate the life of this extraordinary artist a century on from his heyday. (Ends on Sat, 14th Aug)

2021-08-07
John Hassall: Illustrator and Poster Artist
Speaking to architects, public sector workers and young people, artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade creates moving image work that forges conversations on urbanism, gentrification, power and resilience. (Ends on Sun, 15th Aug)

2021-08-07
A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons
Calero’s display invites us to think about the act of collecting, about what we choose to surround ourselves with in our homes and the importance and presence of the natural world. (Ends on Sun, 15th Aug)

2021-08-07
Desde el Salón (From the Living Room)
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)

2021-08-07
Reflections contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
For the first time in over two hundred years, Peter Paul Rubens’s two great masterpieces of landscape painting will be reunited as part of an exhibition at the Wallace Collection. (Ends on Sun, 15th Aug)

2021-08-07
Rubens: Reunited the great landscapes
This exhibition marks only the second time each work has been on view and the first time these important works have been shown together. (Ends on Fri, 20th Aug)

2021-08-07
James Lee Byars: The Milky Way and The Star Man
A colourful exhibition celebrating natural light across the Canary Wharf estate. (Ends on Sat, 21st Aug)

2021-08-07
Summer Lights
This is a rare opportunity to see one of Poland’s most loved works of art. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Aug)

2021-08-07
Conversations with God - Jan Matejko’s Copernicus
Unearth the mystery of the largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered in London. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Aug)

2021-08-07
Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery
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)

2021-08-07
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)

2021-08-07
Thomas Becket - Murder and the making of a saint
This is a major survey show of one of the most exciting, yet least known, movements in contemporary art: a non-Western tradition at once ancient and modern, immediate and other. (Ends on Sat, 28th Aug)

2021-08-07
San: Contemporary Art of the African Bushmen Group Show
This exhibition explores a century of model making, and tells the story of the lacemakers, locomotive drivers and engineers who built the modern world from their kitchen tables. (Ends on Sun, 29th Aug)

2021-08-07
Brass, Steel and Fire
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)

2021-08-07
Claudia Andujar - The Yanomami Struggle
This definitive retrospective charts her ground-breaking career from the 1920s to the 1990s. (Ends on Sun, 29th Aug)

2021-08-07
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy
A portrait of the strength and resilience of single parent families facing austerity. (Ends on Sun, 29th Aug)

2021-08-07
Holding the baby
Discover the pioneering story of photography from the 1840s to today, told through stunning still lifes of plants and botany. (Ends on Sun, 29th Aug)

2021-08-07
Unearthed: Photography's Roots