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 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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
CorporateQueer
An exhibition of panorama photos of the ceilings of Cathedrals. (Ending Soon Fri, 24th Sep)

St. Mary Aldermary
EC4M 9BW
2021-09-15
Omniscience
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
2021-09-15
 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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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
2021-09-15
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, On Tenterhooks explores the past and present of textile making. (Ending Soon Fri, 1st Oct)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-09-15
On Tenterhooks
Reverberations is an immersive sound installation, produced by sound artist Wajid Yaseen, that uses transducer speakers to resonate through the bookshelves of one of London’s oldest radical bookshops. (Ending Soon Fri, 1st Oct)

Housmans Bookshop
N1 9DX
2021-09-15
Reverberations: a sound installation in Housmans