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 Southbank presents the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Dec)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-12-09
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Dec)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-09
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Dec)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-12-09
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Dec)

Whitechapel Gallery
E1 7QX
2021-12-09
Phantoms of Surrealism
Celebrating its 75th anniversary year, the Arts Council Collection is an exhibition featuring highlights from its recent contemporary art acquisitions, including a number of works presented publicly for the first time. (Ending Soon Wed, 15th Dec)

Frieze Gallery
W1S 3LL
2021-12-09
Right About Now
Free  
A photography exhibition of young people in and around Bethnal Green taken in the 1970's by Philip Cunningham.  (Ending Soon Fri, 17th Dec)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-12-09
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day (Ending Soon Fri, 17th Dec)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-12-09
 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. (Ending Soon Fri, 17th Dec)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-12-09
Youth of Yesterday
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th Dec)

Migration Museum
SE13 7HB
2021-12-09
Departures
A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in a council’s archives has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival. (Ending Soon Mon, 20th Dec)

Morley College
SE1 7HT
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
This exhibition follows the lives of soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.  (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-12-09
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
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)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-12-09
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)

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
W1B 1JH
2021-12-09
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
2021-12-09
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.  (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-09
Monkey Business