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
2021-12-28
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
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
2021-12-28
Exhibition marking 100 years of Polish Embassy
Explore the fascinating world of primates in this immersive family friendly exhibition.  (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-28
Monkey Business
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
2021-12-28
Poussin and the Dance
The annual "summer" exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jan)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2021-12-28
Summer Exhibition 2021
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
Christmas lights at Kenwood
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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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
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
2021-12-28
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
 Frans Hals: The Male Portrait
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
2021-12-28
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
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
2021-12-28
Shilpa Gupta
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
2021-12-28
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
2021-12-28
Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens