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.

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
2022-02-21
Waste Age: What can design do?
The opening display will feature highlights from The Courtauld’s remarkable collection of British drawings and watercolours. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2022-02-21
 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’. (Ends on Sun, 27th Feb)

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2022-02-21
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. (Ends on Sun, 13th Mar)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-02-21
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ends on Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-02-21
Hogarth and Europe
This exhibition follows the pioneering Russian scholar of Ismaili studies, Wladimir Ivanow (1886 – 1970) across the Muslim world. (Ends on Thu, 31st Mar)

The Aga Khan Centre
N1C 4DN
2022-02-21
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. (Ends on Fri, 1st Apr)

The Kennel Club
W1J 8AB
2022-02-21
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien
America in Crisis brings together 40 leading American photographers and over 120 works exploring social change in the U.S from the 1960s till today.  (Ends on Sun, 3rd Apr)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-02-21
America in Crisis
A landmark group exhibition spanning a whole ocean and half a century (Ends on Sun, 3rd Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-02-21
Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
Celebrate the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time, Amy Winehouse. (Ends on Sun, 10th Apr)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-02-21
Amy: Beyond the Stage
Explore how windows take on cultural significance and surprisingly shape all our views on the world in an exhibition by the Tokyo-based Window Research Institute. (Ends on Sun, 10th Apr)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2022-02-21
Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
Described as an "interactive experience", this exhibition showcases unseen Marley photographs and memorabilia with a focus on his lifestyle, passions, influences, and legacy. (Ends on Mon, 18th Apr)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-02-21
Bob Marley One Love Experience
Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.  (Ends on Mon, 18th Apr)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-02-21
Kehinde Wiley
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Against the backdrop of war and revolution raging in Europe and the United States, a young man grew up in Bonn inspired by the ideals of freedom, and went on to compose some of the greatest works of music ever written. (Ends on Sun, 24th Apr)

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-02-21
For their 10th annual exhibition, Two Temple Place will showcase the ceramic medium through artworks by three generations of Black women artists working in clay. (Ends on Sun, 24th Apr)

Two Temple Place
WC2R 3BD
2022-02-21
Body Vessel Clay
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK. (Ends on Sun, 15th May)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-02-21
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
The exhibition explores the photography of Derek D’Souza, who has captured glimpses of one of Britain’s most revered groups - and frontman Paul Weller - over 4 decades. (Ends on Mon, 16th May)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2022-02-21
True is The Dream
Gaze through the lens of some of the world's best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet.  (Ends on Sun, 5th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2022-02-21
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair. (Ends on Sun, 19th Jun)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2022-02-21
Hair: Untold Stories
Tate Modern presents Himid’s largest solo exhibition to date, incorporating new paintings and significant highlights from across her remarkable career. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Jul)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2022-02-21
Lubaina Himid