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.

In a new body of work created especially for Sir John Soane’s Museum, contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein presents his unique, seductive and deeply ironic vision of hell. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2021-10-14
Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday
Tambourines shake, wine spills, and half-naked figures whirl across the canvas in these paintings of revelry, dance and drama that are brought together in this first exhibition dedicated to Poussin and dance. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-10-14
Poussin and the Dance
This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Kensington Palace
W8 4PX
2021-10-14
Royal Style in the Making
The annual "summer" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-10-14
Summer Exhibition 2021
This exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

The Postal Museum
WC1X 0DA
2021-10-14
Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard
Light Years is a special four-part exhibition series in celebration of TPG’s 50th anniversary.  (Ends on Mon, 3rd Jan)

The Photographers' Gallery
W1F 7LW
2021-10-14
Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50
An exhibition about the award-winning illustrator of children’s books (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2021-10-14
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
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An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-10-14
Noguchi
This exhibition offers new commissions that take a deeper look at feelings of peace and balance. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-10-14
Tranquillity
This exhibition presents large scale photographs taken less than two months after the attacks, as the gravity of the 9/11 terror attacks left a new world in their wake. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2021-10-14
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, this exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag. (Ends on Sun, 16th Jan)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-10-14
Bags: Inside Out
The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites. (Ends on Sat, 22nd Jan)

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-10-14
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in. (Ends on Fri, 28th Jan)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-10-14
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed
The exhibition brings together over a dozen of the artist’s best male portraits from collections across the world. (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2021-10-14
 Frans Hals: The Male Portrait
In a world-first, a group of rare drawings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai will go on display at the British Museum.  (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-10-14
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s (Ends on Fri, 4th Feb)

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2021-10-14
The Vanished East End
The first major London exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta highlights the fragility of one’s right to expression whilst raising urgent questions of censorship, confinement and resistance.  (Ends on Sun, 6th Feb)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-10-14
Shilpa Gupta
An exhibition that offers a first look at the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. (Ends on Thu, 10th Feb)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-10-14
Our Future Planet
Soane Restored reveals the fascinating story of how Pitzhanger – special as an almost intact example of Sir John Soane’s work – was returned to its original vision. (Ends on Fri, 18th Feb)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
W5 5EQ
2021-10-14
Soane Restored