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.

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. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Oct)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-10-14
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Oct)

National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF
2021-10-14
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
This exhibition invites you to step inside the story and characters of one of the world’s most iconic graphic novels: V for Vendetta. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Oct)

Cartoon Museum
W1A 3AE
2021-10-14
Discover the shared military heritage between the UK and the Caribbean in this special exhibition exploring the role of West Indian soldiers in the British Army. (Ending Soon Sun, 31st Oct)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-10-14
West Indian Soldier
An exhibition of works by Zsolt Bodoni, a prominent Hungarian visual artist and painter who primarily works with oil and acrylic on canvas. (Ending Soon Wed, 3rd Nov)

David Kovats Gallery
WC2E 9NG
2021-10-14
Zsolt Bodoni – Hybrids
A display of photographs of London from eight different perspectives, rejecting a single, monolithic view in favour of a fragmentary, multifarious mosaic. (Ending Soon Thu, 4th Nov)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-10-14
Londons – The Polycentric City
A model of Japan's newest 'bullet train' is on display inside Japan House for a few weeks. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-10-14
'Series N700S' Shinkansen railway model
A new photographic art display exploring contemporary relationships with spiritualism, reality and surrealism, through a Black British lens. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-10-14
An Ode to Afrosurrealism
This exhibition explores the pioneering design strategy and lasting legacy of the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-10-14
Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
The Kasama Potters project brings together thirty-four Japanese ceramicists from Kasama. (Ends on Mon, 8th Nov)

Islington Square
N1 1AB
2021-10-14
Kasama Potters Project
An exhibition of rarely seen paintings on paper from the final years of Mark Rothko’s life. (Ends on Fri, 12th Nov)

Pace Gallery
2021-10-14
Mark Rothko 1968: Clearing Away
An outdoor exhibition of sculpture that reasserts the liveliness of ordinary things. (Ends on Fri, 12th Nov)

Canada Square Park
E14 5AB
2021-10-14
On the Other Hand
In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace (Ends on Sun, 14th Nov)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-10-14
Beuys’ Acorns
This group exhibition and artist led research project unearths and interrogates our connection with our habitats and ecosystems, both global and local.  (Ends on Sun, 14th Nov)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-10-14
Remember the Future
The Art of Banksy holds the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

Belgo
WC2H 9LJ
2021-10-14
The Art of Banksy
This major exhibition is the first to focus on the importance of plaster in his work. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-10-14
The Making of Rodin
Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-10-14
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
This display reflects on the role of humour in debates around identity, empire and power over the past two hundred years. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-10-14
Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation
This display of artworks and manuscripts explores the life and interests of Joseph Banks (1743-1820) through some of his extraordinary collections. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-10-14
The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks