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.

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An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jan)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-17
Noguchi
This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in. (Ending Soon Fri, 28th Jan)

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2022-01-17
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed
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
2022-01-17
 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
2022-01-17
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
2022-01-17
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
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
2022-01-17
Light up the Museum
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s (Ending Soon Fri, 4th Feb)

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2022-01-17
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 6th Feb)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-17
Shilpa Gupta
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.  (Ending Soon Fri, 11th Feb)

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2022-01-17
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 20th Feb)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-01-17
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 20th Feb)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-01-17
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. (Ending Soon Mon, 21st Feb)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-01-17
Waste Age: What can design do?
The opening display will feature highlights from The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of British drawings and watercolours. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Feb)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2022-01-17
 Pen to Brush: British Drawings and Watercolours
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’. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Feb)

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2022-01-17
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 13th Mar)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-01-17
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ending Soon Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-01-17
Hogarth and Europe
This exhibition follows the pioneering Russian scholar of Ismaili studies, Wladimir Ivanow (1886 – 1970) across the Muslim world. (Ending Soon Thu, 31st Mar)

The Aga Khan Centre
N1C 4DN
2022-01-17
Wladimir Ivanow & Modern Ismaili Studies
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. (Ending Soon Fri, 1st Apr)

The Kennel Club
W1J 8AB
2022-01-17
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien
A landmark group exhibition spanning a whole ocean and half a century (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-01-17
Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
Celebrate the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time, Amy Winehouse. (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Apr)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-01-17
Amy: Beyond the Stage