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 former Geffrye museum's famous Christmas rooms display returns in the new Museum of the Home. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

The Museum of the Home
E2 8EA
2022-01-09
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2022-01-09
Christmas at Kew
An exhibition about the award-winning illustrator of children’s books (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2022-01-09
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
Come and explore this first of its kind exhibition, mapping the growth of theatre captioning through the work of deaf-led charity Stagetext. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-09
Stagetext: Captions Speak Louder
The Gingerbread City invites leading architects, engineers, landscape architects and designers to create a futuristic city made entirely of gingerbread. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

Motcomb House
SW1X 8JU
2022-01-09
The Gingerbread City 2021
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jan)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-01-09
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 16th Jan)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-01-09
Bags: Inside Out
This exhibition explores and celebrates the incredible story of Muriel Gardiner’s life, through family photo albums, unpublished documents and Muriel’s own autobiography. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jan)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2022-01-09
Code Name Mary: The extraordinary life of Muriel Gardiner
Rediscover the power and presence of architectural wonders by Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid RA and others through Hélène Binet’s photographic lens. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jan)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2022-01-09
Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet
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An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jan)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-09
Noguchi
The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites. (Ending Soon Sat, 29th Jan)

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2022-01-09
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
The exhibition brings together over a dozen of the artist’s best male portraits from collections across the world. (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jan)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2022-01-09
 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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jan)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-01-09
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jan)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-01-09
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
The first major exhibition to explore the decorative arts and architecture of Young Poland. (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jan)

The William Morris Gallery
E17 4PP
2022-01-09
Young Poland: An Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 – 1918)
Lighting up the Museum this winter will be a major light installation by multi award winning lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun.  (Ending Soon Mon, 31st Jan)

The Museum of the Home
E2 8EA
2022-01-09
Light up the Museum
An exhibition to celebrate the life and work of renowned performance artist Leigh Bowery. (Ending Soon Sun, 6th Feb)

Fitzrovia Chapel
W1T 3BF
2022-01-09
Leigh Bowery - Tell Them I’ve Gone to Papua New Guinea
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 6th Feb)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-09
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. (Ending Soon Thu, 10th Feb)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-01-09
Our Future Planet
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.  (Ending Soon Fri, 11th Feb)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2022-01-09
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time