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.

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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
 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
2021-12-13
Youth of Yesterday
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
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
2021-12-13
Noguchi
This exhibition presents large scale photographs taken less than two months after the attacks, as the gravity of the 9/11 terror attacks left a new world in their wake. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2021-12-13
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in. (Ends on Fri, 28th Jan)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-12-13
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed
The exhibition brings together over a dozen of the artist’s best male portraits from collections across the world. (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2021-12-13
 Frans Hals: The Male Portrait
In a world-first, a group of rare drawings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai will go on display at the British Museum.  (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-12-13
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
The first major London exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta highlights the fragility of one’s right to expression whilst raising urgent questions of censorship, confinement and resistance.  (Ends on Sun, 6th Feb)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-12-13
Shilpa Gupta