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 exhibition showcases the people and places in Harrow who have contributed to preserving Harrow’s natural spaces. (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-09-21
 Nature in Harrow: From Eliza Brightwen to the Present
An exhibition about the 20th century’s most influential floral decorator, Constance Spry.  (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-09-21
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. (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-09-21
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.  (Ends on Sun, 26th Sep)

2021-09-21
Naturally Brilliant Colour
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)

2021-09-21
Van Gough Alive
Discover the story of Ai-Da, the world’s first convincing humanoid robot capable of creating artworks. (Ends on Wed, 29th Sep)

2021-09-21
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. (Ends on Thu, 30th Sep)

2021-09-21
500 Years of Mischief and Mayhem in Greenwich
An exhibition exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Garden Design (Ends on Thu, 30th Sep)

2021-09-21
Making Paradise
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. (Ends on Thu, 30th Sep)

2021-09-21
The Story of Oxford House
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)

2021-09-21
Falling Birds
This exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the history of medicine and the growth of the medical and scientific professions. (Ends on Fri, 15th Oct)

2021-09-21
Treasures of the RSM
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)

2021-09-21
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Starting over 50 years ago, this great photographer has been documenting life in the west London communities of Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. (Ends on Sun, 17th Oct)

2021-09-21
The Charlie Phillips Archive
Celebrating south London’s music scene, Music Curator Adem Holness highlights the relationship between Black British music and physical space.  (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-09-21
 Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces
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)

2021-09-21
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)

2021-09-21
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)

2021-09-21
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
Five monumental views reunited for the first time in more than 250 years. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

2021-09-21
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)

2021-09-21
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)

2021-09-21
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits