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.

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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
 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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
Shilpa Gupta
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.  (Ends on Fri, 11th Feb)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-12-21
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time
One of Britain’s best-loved artists had a radical side. In this exhibition, discover the free and expressive brushwork that came to define Constable’s late career.  (Ends on Sun, 13th Feb)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-21
Late Constable
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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
Waste Age: What can design do?
Free  
Explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body. (Ends on Wed, 23rd Feb)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-12-21
Joy
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
2021-12-21
 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
2021-12-21
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
explores fabulous and rare examples from the mid-1960s era-defining stores and designers. (Ends on Sat, 12th Mar)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2021-12-21
 Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture
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
2021-12-21
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
An exhibition of new images by Himali Singh Soin with historian of science Alexis Rider inspired by the collection of Sir Richard Burton. (Ends on Sun, 13th Mar)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-12-21
Unsettling the Source of the Nile
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ends on Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-21
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
2021-12-21
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien