The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Saturday 23rd October.


Top events in London on Sat 23rd Oct 2021

Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl is walking across Europe, and this weekend will be in London.
All Day
 
Amal - a giant walking puppet visits London
Waterloo Uncovered present this unique exhibition offering the first chance to see a brand new and highly accurate diorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
10am to 5pm
 
Chelsea
Waterloo Remodelled
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association annual flagship event.
11am to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Firsts, London's Rare Book Fair
Over 300 tattoo artists will be filling Alexandra Palace for the weekend.
11am to 10pm
 
Wood Green
The Great British Tattoo Show
Step into the former home of Charles Dickens, and come face to face with the people he would have seen in the city around him.
12:30pm to 4pm
 
Clerkenwell
Stories of the City: Victorian London Comes to Life...
A light display will once again illuminate the square, along with South Asian food stalls, Rangoli displays and a live-stream of entertainment.
4pm to 10pm
 
Diwali on Trafalgar Square
Novelist Chloe Aridjis, current writer in residence at Swedenborg House, will give a magic lantern presentation in Swedenborg Hall.
7pm to 9pm
 
Bloomsbury
Stiled shadows: A magic latern show

Online events / webinars

Come shopping on a virtual tour through the history of some of the West End’s famous food and drink shops.
2pm to 3pm
 
Food and Drink Emporiums of the West End of London
A walking tour of the most fashionable Victorian burial ground-Kensal Green Cemetery
2pm to 5pm
 
Grandeur and Greatness at Kensal Green Cemetery- walking tour

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Kasama Potters Project
The Kasama Potters project brings together thirty-four Japanese ceramicists from Kasama.
Kasama Potters Project
10am to 6pm
Islington
Closing soon Mon, 8th November
2021-10-05
2021-11-08
Windows of the Soul
Windows of the Soul is a grassroots art project, which seeks to communicate the perspectives of those living with visual impairment.
Windows of the Soul
12pm to 6pm
Euston
Closing soon Sat, 23rd October
2021-10-15
2021-10-23
Software for Less - Ben Grosser
An exhibition examining the cultural, social and political effects of software on contemporary society, by US artist Ben Grosser.
Software for Less - Ben Grosser
1pm to 6pm
Poplar
Closing soon Sat, 23rd October
2021-09-09
2021-10-23
Paula Rego
£18  
The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date.
Paula Rego
10am to 5pm
Pimlico
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-07-07
2021-10-24
Julian Opie
£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.
Julian Opie
10am to 5pm
Ealing
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-06-25
2021-10-24
MCM Comic Con
A three-day celebration of all things pop culture.
MCM Comic Con
All Day
Victoria Dock
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-10-22
2021-10-24
Nero - The man behind the myth
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.
Nero - The man behind the myth
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-05-27
2021-10-24
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street
10am to 9pm
Kensington
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-05-18
2021-10-24
UK Coloured Pencil Society 20th Anniversary Gala Exhibition
The annual international open exhibition of the UK Coloured Pencil Society is this year celebrating 20 years of promoting fine art in coloured pencil.
UK Coloured Pencil Society 20th Anniversary Gala Exhibition
11am to 6pm
Southwark
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-10-14
2021-10-24
 Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces
Celebrating south London’s music scene, Music Curator Adem Holness highlights the relationship between Black British music and physical space.
 Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces
10am to 5:30pm
Forest Hill
Closing soon Sun, 24th October
2021-07-23
2021-10-24

Exhibitions opening soon


What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Saturday 23rd October 2021

A guided walk around Westminster and get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are
 10am to 12pm
 
 Whitehall
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
A regular guided walk around the canals and heritage of Camden town.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Camden
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
A guided walk around the heart of Abbey Road looking out for Beatles memorabilia.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Camden
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
The London of a life steeped in equal measures of pleasure, controversy and disdain...
 11am to 1pm
 
 Picadilly
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
Bloody, Flaming, Poxy London. Plague, Fire & Revolution. The Black Death. Churchyards brimming with bodies. The harvest of Death. The zombie apocalypse – but for real.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Barbican
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
A unique walking tour through London’s magical history with a magical guide — discover the magic side of London beyond Harry Potter.
 Starts at 2pm
 
 Whitehall
2021-10-23
2021-10-23
At night the ancient City is deserted. And eerie. Explore its shadowy back streets and dimly lit alleys.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Barbican
2021-10-23
2021-10-23