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.

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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
 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
2021-09-11
Epic Iran
This topical exhibition explores the similarities between Freud’s experience of the Spanish Flu and 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on mental health and the response by psychoanalysts. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2021-09-11
Freud & Pandemic
A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2021-09-11
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
This display showcases some of the miniature books submitted by children during the Covid lockdown. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Sep)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-09-11
Miniature Books
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
Turner's Modern World
The Royal Society of Sculptors annual Summer Exhibition returns, featuring a curated selection of works from members and fellows. (Ending Soon Sat, 18th Sep)

Royal Society of Sculptors
SW7 3RA
2021-09-11
Royal Society of Sculptors summer exhibition
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
The Secret World of Plants
A photography exhibition representing and recognising the LGBT+ community and their contribution to the world of work, in The City of London and beyond. (Ending Soon Fri, 24th Sep)

The Space
EC2M 2PA
2021-09-11
CorporateQueer
The exhibition showcases the people and places in Harrow who have contributed to preserving Harrow’s natural spaces. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Headstone Manor Museum
HA2 6PX
2021-09-11
 Nature in Harrow: From Eliza Brightwen to the Present
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
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
2021-09-11
Olivier Debré: Fervent Abstraction
Enjoy works from Quentin Blake from two emotive series, Children and Dogs, and Children, Birds & Dogs. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th Sep)

Foundling Museum
WC1N 1AZ
2021-09-11
Quentin Blake: Gifted