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 former Geffrye museum's famous Christmas rooms display returns in the new Museum of the Home. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

The Museum of the Home
E2 8EA
2021-12-18
Christmas Past
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
2021-12-18
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
2021-12-18
Christmas lights at Kenwood
An exhibition about the award-winning illustrator of children’s books (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2021-12-18
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
£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
2021-12-18
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
2021-12-18
The Gingerbread City 2021
This exhibition offers new commissions that take a deeper look at feelings of peace and balance. (Ends on Sun, 9th Jan)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-12-18
Tranquillity
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
2021-12-18
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
The objects, photographs and oral histories on display tell stories of people moving to and living, working, studying and growing up in Hackney, from the 1960s to today. (Ends on Sat, 15th Jan)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2021-12-18
From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, this exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag. (Ends on Sun, 16th Jan)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-12-18
Bags: Inside Out
The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites. (Ends on Sat, 22nd Jan)

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-12-18
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
This exhibition explores and celebrates the incredible story of Muriel Gardiner’s life, through family photo albums, unpublished documents and Muriel’s own autobiography. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Jan)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2021-12-18
Code Name Mary: The extraordinary life of Muriel Gardiner
Rediscover the power and presence of architectural wonders by Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid RA and others through Hélène Binet’s photographic lens. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Jan)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-18
Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
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
2021-12-18
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
2021-12-18
 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
2021-12-18
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
2021-12-18
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
The first major exhibition to explore the decorative arts and architecture of Young Poland. (Ends on Sun, 30th Jan)

The William Morris Gallery
E17 4PP
2021-12-18
Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918)
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
2021-12-18
Shilpa Gupta