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.

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
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
Joy
London is and always has been a city of makers. Explore their stories in this display. (Ends on Thu, 24th Feb)

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2021-12-23
London Making Now
An exhibition about the eighteenth-century foundling and sailor George King, whose first-hand account of the battle is being shown for the first time. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

Foundling Museum
WC1N 1AZ
2021-12-23
 Fighting Talk: One Boy’s Journey from Abandonment to Trafalgar
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
2021-12-23
 Pen to Brush: British Drawings and Watercolours
£10  
This exhibition offers an exclusive opportunity to get inside the mind of this great photographer and see nature and humanity in dialogue. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-12-23
Amazônia
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
2021-12-23
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
An experimental site-specific exhibition of new work by young British artist, Jonny Briggs. (Ends on Sun, 6th Mar)

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum
NW3 1LT
2021-12-23
Knots: Jonny Briggs x Burgh House
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
2021-12-23
 Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture
This exhibition explores the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world. (Ends on Sun, 13th Mar)

Charles Dickens Museum
WC1N 2LX
2021-12-23
More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
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
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
Unsettling the Source of the Nile
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance. (Ends on Wed, 16th Mar)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-12-23
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ends on Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
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
2021-12-23
Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
A display exploring the central role food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.  (Ends on Sat, 9th Apr)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-12-23
Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place