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.

This exhibition explores the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world. (Ends on Sun, 17th Oct)

2021-10-16
More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
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)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
 Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces
£7.70  
Pitzhanger presents a new body of work by renowned British artist Julian Opie, including site specific pieces, focusing on architecture, people and nature. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-10-16
Julian Opie
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)

2021-10-16
Nero - The man behind the myth
£18  
The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
The annual international open exhibition of the UK Coloured Pencil Society is this year celebrating 20 years of promoting fine art in coloured pencil. (Ends on Sun, 24th Oct)

2021-10-16
UK Coloured Pencil Society 20th Anniversary Gala Exhibition
A display of Asante treasures from Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

2021-10-16
Asante Goldweights
Five monumental views reunited for the first time in more than 250 years. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
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. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

2021-10-16
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. (Ends on Sun, 31st Oct)

2021-10-16
West Indian Soldier
This exhibition explores the pioneering design strategy and lasting legacy of the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

2021-10-16
Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
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)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
Remember the Future
The Art of Banksy holds the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

2021-10-16
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)

2021-10-16
The Making of Rodin