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.

Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion (Ends on Wed, 29th Dec)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-12-26
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
This exhibition follows the lives of soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.  (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-12-26
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages. (Ends on Fri, 31st Dec)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-12-26
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
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
2021-12-26
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
2021-12-26
Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.  (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-26
Monkey Business
In a new body of work created especially for Sir John Soane’s Museum, contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein presents his unique, seductive and deeply ironic vision of hell. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2021-12-26
Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday
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
2021-12-26
Poussin and the Dance
This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Kensington Palace
W8 4PX
2021-12-26
Royal Style in the Making
The annual "summer" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-26
Summer Exhibition 2021
This exhibition celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

The Postal Museum
WC1X 0DA
2021-12-26
Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard
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
2021-12-26
Light Years: The Photographers’ Gallery at 50
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
2021-12-26
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
2021-12-26
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
2021-12-26
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
2021-12-26
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
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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
2021-12-26
Noguchi
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
2021-12-26
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
2021-12-26
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
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
2021-12-26
Bags: Inside Out