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.

The annual Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery celebrates global embroidery in fashion and textile arts. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

2021-11-03
Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2021 Exhibition
This exhibition explores the pioneering design strategy and lasting legacy of the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. (Ends on Sun, 7th Nov)

2021-11-03
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)

2021-11-03
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)

2021-11-03
Remember the Future
The Art of Banksy holds the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art. (Ends on Sun, 21st Nov)

2021-11-03
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)

2021-11-03
The Making of Rodin
Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine. (Ends on Thu, 25th Nov)

2021-11-03
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)

2021-11-03
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)

2021-11-03
The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks
This exhibition will display works from throughout the artist’s career and explore how her admiration for William Hogarth has inspired elements of her work. (Ends on Fri, 26th Nov)

2021-11-03
The Southbank presents the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK. (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

2021-11-03
Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1999 – 2021
Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.  (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

2021-11-03
Marina Abramović - After Life
This exhibition brings together 31 contemporary painters whose work freely draws on varied image sources, techniques and traditions in order to fashion fresh and compelling works of art that speak to this moment. (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

2021-11-03
Mixing It Up: Painting Today
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s. (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

2021-11-03
Phantoms of Surrealism
An exhibition of 27 treasures from the Swedenborg collection exploring the life and legacy of Emanuel Swedenborg. (Ends on Wed, 15th Dec)

2021-11-03
The Story of Swedenborg in 27 Objects
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day (Ends on Fri, 17th Dec)

2021-11-03
 Celebrating 90 years of the Building Centre – 1931 to the present day
Free  
An exhibition exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain from the Mayflower to the present day through personal narratives, contemporary art and a range of media. (Ends on Sun, 19th Dec)

2021-11-03
Departures
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?  (Ends on Thu, 23rd Dec)

2021-11-03
How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
The exhibition brings together rarely-seen original artwork and costumes, photographs, documents, audio and video to tell the story of Noël Coward's life. (Ends on Thu, 23rd Dec)

2021-11-03
Noël Coward: Art & Style
Tate presents a rare chance to experience two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. These immersive installations will transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. (Ends on Thu, 23rd Dec)

2021-11-03
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms