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 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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
 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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918)
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s (Ends on Fri, 4th Feb)

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2021-12-31
The Vanished East End
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
2021-12-31
Shilpa Gupta
An exhibition that offers a first look at the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. (Ends on Thu, 10th Feb)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-12-31
Our Future Planet
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.  (Ends on Fri, 11th Feb)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
Late Constable
Soane Restored reveals the fascinating story of how Pitzhanger – special as an almost intact example of Sir John Soane’s work – was returned to its original vision. (Ends on Fri, 18th Feb)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
W5 5EQ
2021-12-31
Soane Restored
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
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
2021-12-31
Joy