The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Thursday 7th October.


Top events in London on Thu 7th Oct 2021

A chance to see both textile and woodworking wizardry in a beautifully restored Mission Hall in Leytonstone.
10am to 6pm
 
Open House at Aylmer Hall Studios
Watch a Purdey craftsman demonstrate gun-finishing techniques and have a go at chequering on a piece of walnut.
12pm to 5:30pm
 
Mayfair
Gun-Finishing Demonstration with Tom Nicholls
Discover the little-known fine art gems in the Royal Albert Hall collection and learn about the incredible construction feats undertaken to create this London Landmark.
12pm to 1pm
 
South Kensington
Art and Design Tour of the Royal Albert Hall
Go behind the scenes, hear from the Winch team about what it takes to design for the super-rich and meet the craftspeople working on these projects.
3pm to :
 
South Kensington
Superyachts, Private Jets and Architecture: Craftsmanship and Design at the Highest Level
Explore the invaluable and sometimes surprising links between craft and science through the experiences of people who have built their careers between the two.
5pm to 7:30pm
 
Rotherhithe
The Science of Making
A talk about what sex-guides tell us about the way sexual mores and practices have shifted between the 1970s and the present
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
Pleasure
This is a talk to help inspire your creative thinking and to break through creative blocks.
6:15pm to 8:30pm
 
City of London
Variations on Normal – A Lecture by Dominic Wilcox

Online events / webinars

Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, joins us to introduce the Museum, based in London, and Mail Rail.
2pm to 3pm
 
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Modern-day mudlark Ted Sandling shares his passion for unearthing relics of the past from the banks of the Thames and describes his most evocative finds.
2pm to 3pm
 
A Mudlark’s Treasures
Lucy Jones, writer and journalist, on how the living world affects our well being, and our fundamental need for nature.
6pm to 7pm
 
Nature & The Psyche: Why Our Minds Need the Wild
Hear about the history of Black nurses in the UK, and find out how to trace your own nursing family history in this special online event.
6pm to 7:15pm
 
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month (online event)
Professor Geoffrey L. Smith FRS will describe how smallpox was eradicated and what happened afterwards.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Poxvirus research after smallpox eradication: new findings with an old vaccine
Join Borough Market chair Angela Clutton, and Mark Riddaway as they discuss how food shaped the landscape of Bankside.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Bananas, Breweries & Borough Market: An Online Talk
Join Johnjoe McFadden as he tells the story of William of Occam (of Occam’s razor fame)
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Life is simple

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

D’Stassi Art Presents Shipwreck: New Work  by Peter Opheim
For the exhibition, the gallery will be transformed into an overgrown, supernaturally lit terrain inspired by the scene depicted in the painting the exhibition takes its name from.
D’Stassi Art Presents Shipwreck: New Work  by Peter Opheim
10am to 6pm
Islington
Closes today
2021-10-07
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Back Lit by Andrew Gibson
The work in this exhibition is painted mostly on objects that the artist has salvaged from the streets and buildings of London.
Back Lit by Andrew Gibson
11am to 5pm
Stoke Newington
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving
An exhibition examining the industry’s innovative nature, presenting the unique depth of rush weaving’s aesthetics and its historical value to Taiwan.
Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving
11am to 6pm
Southwark
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
MacGregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
Bentleys, the vintage luggage specialist, hosts a week-long residency with arguably Britain’s finest traditional leather craftspeople: Tetbury’s Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael.
MacGregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
11am to 5pm
Sloane Square
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Maker's Eye: Stories of Crafts
An exhibition that celebrates the breadth, diversity and qualities of craft, and includes numerous craft objects made in the UK over the course of the last 50 years.
Maker's Eye: Stories of Crafts
All Day
Islington
Closing soon Sat, 9th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
Visitors can see the entire process of creating handwoven textiles, from setting up the warp, weaving both tapestries and rugs, and finally taking the finished piece off the loom.
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
2pm to 6pm
Bethnal Green
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence
Five leading contemporary craft galleries on display in the historic, 19th-century official residence of the Argentine ambassador.
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence
12pm to 5pm
Belgravia
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow
20 designers have been invited to think about their experiences of a pandemic world.
Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow
10am to 6pm
Kensington
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Falling Birds
A series of X-ray photographs and poetic texts highlighting extinction and the alarming decline in bird species around the world.
Falling Birds
10am to 5:30pm
Forest Hill
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07
Hand & Lock: Behind the Scenes of a 250-Year-Old Embroidery House
Embroiderers to the British Royal Family, Savile Row and top European designers, Hand & Lock opens its doors for one week to offer an insight into Britain’s oldest embroidery house.
Hand & Lock: Behind the Scenes of a 250-Year-Old Embroidery House
10am to 4:30pm
Belgravia
Closing soon Sun, 10th October
2021-10-07
2021-10-07

Exhibitions opening soon


What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Thursday 7th October 2021

Follow the trail left by monks and monarchs, press barons and literary giants along the highway and down its twisting alleyways.
 11am to 12:30pm
 
 City of London
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A walk that explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital.
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
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This Magical Mystery Tour is a chance to “Imagine” Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Bloomsbury
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A guided walk around Westminster and get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Whitehall
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