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 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)

2021-11-26
The Southbank presents the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK. (Ends on Sun, 12th Dec)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
Phantoms of Surrealism
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day (Ends on Fri, 17th Dec)

2021-11-26
 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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms
An exhibition about a dentist and Freemason noted for his philanthropy. (Ends on Sat, 25th Dec)

2021-11-26
Generous Dentist: Bartholomew Ruspini
Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion (Ends on Wed, 29th Dec)

2021-11-26
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages. (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

2021-11-26
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
An outdoor exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the seat of Poland’s diplomatic post in London at 47 Portland Place. (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

2021-11-26
Exhibition marking 100 years of Polish Embassy
Sixty-five paintings that usually hang in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and are widely acknowledged to be among the highlights of the Royal Collection have been brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time. (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

2021-11-26
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.  (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

2021-11-26
Monkey Business
This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

2021-11-26
Royal Style in the Making
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)

2021-11-26
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)

2021-11-26
Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50
The grounds of Kenwood House will this year become a magical wonderland with an incredible illuminated Christmas light trail. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

2021-11-26
Christmas lights at Kenwood