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 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
A selection of the finest prints from Lloyd's collection that reveal his admiration for the Alpine landscape and his interest in Swiss customs and mythology.  (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-12-13
Enticing Peaks - Swiss prints from the Lloyd Bequest
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
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s (Ends on Fri, 4th Feb)

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2021-12-13
The Vanished East End
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
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.  (Ends on Fri, 11th Feb)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-12-13
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time
Step back into a dangerous world of plots, espionage and treachery to explore the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots in their own words. (Ends on Sun, 20th Feb)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-12-13
Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens
Step into the vibrant world of Peru and discover how people have thrived for millennia in one of the most complex and challenging environments on the planet.  (Ends on Sun, 20th Feb)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-12-13
Peru: a journey in time
Discover how new design ideas are redefining our world and explore major new exhibits that capture the devasting impact of waste including a large-scale installation by Ibrahim Mahama. (Ends on Mon, 21st Feb)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-12-13
Waste Age: What can design do?
The opening display will feature highlights from The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of British drawings and watercolours. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2021-12-13
 Pen to Brush: British Drawings and Watercolours
A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz as they represented evolving machinery, communications, and urban landscapes, shaped by what was an unprecedented ‘war in the air’. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2021-12-13
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
Showcasing previously unseen material from Paul McCartney’s personal archive, this display celebrates the life and art of one of the world’s most successful songwriters and performers. (Ends on Sun, 13th Mar)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-12-13
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ends on Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-13
Hogarth and Europe
This exhibition combines photographs taken by Shirley Baker of dogs in everyday settings, as well as at dog shows, providing an insight to her affection and admiration for man’s best friend. (Ends on Fri, 1st Apr)

The Kennel Club
W1J 8AB
2021-12-13
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien
A landmark group exhibition spanning a whole ocean and half a century (Ends on Sun, 3rd Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-13
Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
Explore how windows take on cultural significance and surprisingly shape all our views on the world in an exhibition by the Tokyo-based Window Research Institute. (Ends on Sun, 10th Apr)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-12-13
Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.  (Ends on Mon, 18th Apr)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-12-13
Kehinde Wiley
Gaze through the lens of some of the world's best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet.  (Ends on Sun, 5th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-12-13
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair. (Ends on Sun, 19th Jun)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-13
Hair: Untold Stories