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.

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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Dec)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-06
Marina Abramović - After Life
The most extensive display of Arts Council Collection acquisitions to date — highlights a diverse selection of contemporary art, featuring 18 artists. (Ends on Wed, 15th Dec)

Frieze Gallery
W1S 3LL
2021-12-06
Right About Now
Free  
A photography exhibition of young people in and around Bethnal Green taken in the 1970's by Philip Cunningham.  (Ends on Fri, 17th Dec)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-12-06
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day (Ends on Fri, 17th Dec)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-12-06
 Celebrating 90 years of the Building Centre – 1931 to the present day
Oxford House presents its latest exhibition, featuring photographs by Phillip Cunningham of Bethnal Green in the 1970s. (Ends on Fri, 17th Dec)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-12-06
Youth of Yesterday
The world's most expensive stamp - nicknamed "the Mona Lisa of the stamp world" - is on display for a few weeks (Ends on Sat, 18th Dec)

Stanley Gibbons
WC2R 0LX
2021-12-06
The world's most expensive stamp
A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in a council’s archives has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival. (Ends on Mon, 20th Dec)

Morley College
SE1 7HT
2021-12-06
Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s – community action in a London neighbourhood
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)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-12-06
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)

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2021-12-06
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)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-12-06
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms
An exhibition about a dentist and Freemason noted for his philanthropy. (Ends on Sat, 25th Dec)

Museum of Freemasonry
WC2B 5AZ
2021-12-06
Generous Dentist: Bartholomew Ruspini
Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion (Ends on Wed, 29th Dec)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-06
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
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)

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
W1B 1JH
2021-12-06
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)

The Queen's Gallery
SW1A 1AA
2021-12-06
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
Tambourines shake, wine spills, and half-naked figures whirl across the canvas in these paintings of revelry, dance and drama that are brought together in this first exhibition dedicated to Poussin and dance. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-12-06
Poussin and the Dance
Light Years is a special four-part exhibition series in celebration of TPG’s 50th anniversary.  (Ends on Mon, 3rd Jan)

The Photographers' Gallery
W1F 7LW
2021-12-06
Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50
The annual after-dark festivities with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2021-12-06
Christmas at Kew
The grounds of Kenwood House will this year become a magical wonderland with an incredible illuminated Christmas light trail. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Kenwood House
NW3 7JR
2021-12-06
Christmas lights at Kenwood
£18  
An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-12-06
Noguchi
The Gingerbread City invites leading architects, engineers, landscape architects and designers to create a futuristic city made entirely of gingerbread. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Motcomb House
SW1X 8JU
2021-12-06
The Gingerbread City 2021