The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Thursday 28th October.


Top events in London on Thu 28th Oct 2021

As is traditional on the day of the Lord Mayor's Show, entry to St Paul's Cathedral will be free of charge.
8:30am to 3:30pm
 
City of London
Free entry to St Paul's Cathedral
Four open days in October to see around the former Archbishop of Canterbury's palace, which is now a school.
Starts at 1:30pm
 
Croydon
Explore the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge with the staff members of Benjamin Franklin House.
5pm to 8pm
 
Trafalgar Square
Craven Street Bones
A special introduction to our new Holocaust Galleries, along with the launch of the accompanying book.
5:30pm to :
 
Southwark
IWM In Conversation: The Holocaust
This lecture will look at how their study can be used to advance our knowledge of the intellectual history of the premodern world.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
The Manuscripts and Intellectual Legacy of Timbuktu
There will be talks, themed drinks, drop-in workshops, DJ set with LuSinda, a protest art installation by Marcus Orlandi and David Lloyd himself signing V for Vendetta books!
6:30pm to 10:30pm
 
New Oxford Street
The Cartoon Museum Late: V for Vendetta
Halloween tours of Horace Walpole's gothic castle, Strawberry Hill.
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Twickenham
Gothic Twilight Tours
Join James Beacham as he reveals what would happen if you fell into a black hole and what's at the other end
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hanover Square
The other end of a black hole

Online events / webinars

Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes joins Assyriologist Irving Finkel to discuss the concept of ghosts in the ancient world.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Bettany Hughes and Irving Finkel discuss 'The First Ghosts'
This presentation will give an introduction to 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Rail Infra), the rail industries sole Army Reserve unit.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Military Railway Engineering – the role of 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers
Alexandra Sapoznik explores the cultural and religious significance of bees in the medieval world.
6pm to 7pm
 
Why history? Bees in the medieval world
In this online lecture, curator & arts consultant Mireille Galinou contrasts the Charterhouse Great Chamber with 17th century private painted rooms
7pm to 8pm
 
The Great Chamber contrasted with the private painted rooms of the 17th Century
If the capacity of the planet’s rainforests to mitigate  against  global  heating is weakened, how will humanity and nature be affected by the implications of climate change?
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 Protecting Rainforests - The Planet’s Great Protector

 

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
Larking: The Thames and Beyond
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames
Larking: The Thames and Beyond
All Day
Southwark
Closing soon Sat, 30th October
2021-07-21
2021-10-30
RSS Sir David Attenborough in Greenwich
The British Antarctic Survey ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough is visiting London, and there's a festival at the National Maritime Mueum.
RSS Sir David Attenborough in Greenwich
10am to 4pm
Greenwich
Closing soon Sat, 30th October
2021-10-28
2021-10-30
Asante Goldweights
A display of Asante treasures from Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire.
Asante Goldweights
10am to 5:45pm
South Kensington
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-05-19
2021-10-31
West Indian Soldier
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.
West Indian Soldier
10am to 5:30pm
Chelsea
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-05-19
2021-10-31
Japan at Kew Gardens
Come to Kew Gardens this autumn to explore the fascinating plants, art and culture of Japan.
Japan at Kew Gardens
10am to 4pm
Richmond
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-10-02
2021-10-31
 Smoke & Spiders
As dusk falls, the park will come to life with ghoulish greenery, giant spiders and the odd surprise to delight children and adults of all ages.
 Smoke & Spiders
5pm to 9pm
Poplar
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-10-22
2021-10-31
Keats200 - Outdoor Exhibition
Discover the life and works of John Keats - Londoner, medic and poet - on the bicentenary of his death in 1821.
Keats200 - Outdoor Exhibition
All Day
Tower Hill
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-10-04
2021-10-31
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
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.
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
9:30am to 5:30pm
Camden
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-07-09
2021-10-31
This exhibition invites you to step inside the story and characters of one of the world’s most iconic graphic novels: V for Vendetta.
10:30am to 8pm
New Oxford Street
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-07-09
2021-10-31

Exhibitions opening soon


What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Thursday 28th 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
2021-10-28
2021-10-28
A walk that explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital.
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2021-10-28
2021-10-28
This Magical Mystery Tour is a chance to “Imagine” Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Bloomsbury
2021-10-28
2021-10-28
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
2021-10-28
2021-10-28