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.

£15  
Celebrate the richness of Costa Rica with Kew Gardens' annual orchid festival. (Ending Soon Sun, 6th Mar)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2022-03-01
Orchids
explores fabulous and rare examples from the mid-1960s era-defining stores and designers. (Ending Soon Sat, 12th Mar)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2022-03-01
 Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture
Comprising over 20 paintings, most made over the last 18 months, as well as hand-painted ceramics and a new group of posters, it explores Katz’s long-standing relationship to questions of identity and expression, selfhood and voice. (Ending Soon Sun, 13th Mar)

Camden Art Centre
NW3 6DG
2022-03-01
Allison Katz – Artery
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
2022-03-01
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
An exhibition of new images by Himali Singh Soin with historian of science Alexis Rider inspired by the collection of Sir Richard Burton. (Ending Soon Sun, 13th Mar)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-03-01
Unsettling the Source of the Nile
This exhibition draws on materials collected by the Kitchener Camp Project and the Library to build a moving and compelling picture of this unlikely sanctuary.  (Ending Soon Fri, 18th Mar)

Wiener Library
WC1B 5DP
2022-03-01
Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue, 1939
How William Hogarth and artists across Europe captured the new modernity of the 18th century (Ending Soon Sun, 20th Mar)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-03-01
Hogarth and Europe
Bishopsgate Institute will be staging a take-over of The Curve at the Barbican with an installation of objects, ephemera and media highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history. (Ending Soon Mon, 21st Mar)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2022-03-01
 Out and About! Archiving LGBTQ+ history at Bishopsgate Institute
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
2022-03-01
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
2022-03-01
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Apr)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-03-01
America in Crisis
A landmark group exhibition spanning a whole ocean and half a century (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2022-03-01
Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
Free  
A meditative 14-minute film that explores what it means to wait in and through experiences of care. (Ending Soon Fri, 8th Apr)

The Peltz Gallery
WC1H 0PD
2022-03-01
Time Being
This exhibit explores relations between space, time and materials through titanium, and can be found in the lobby of One Canada Square. (Ending Soon Fri, 8th Apr)

One Canada Square
E14 5AB
2022-03-01
Wallace Chan – TITANS: A dialogue between materials, space, and time
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
2022-03-01
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Apr)

Japan House
W8 5SA
2022-03-01
Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
An exhibition of photography of the enormous talent and resilience of London's theatreland. (Ending Soon Tue, 12th Apr)

House of Photography
WC2E 9LH
2022-03-01
Performance by Rankin
Explore Francis Bacon’s visceral paintings, where the line between human and animal is constantly blurred, reminding us that our primal instincts lie just below the surface.  (Ending Soon Sun, 17th Apr)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2022-03-01
Francis Bacon: Man and Beast
Described as an "interactive experience", this exhibition showcases unseen Marley photographs and memorabilia with a focus on his lifestyle, passions, influences, and legacy. (Ending Soon Mon, 18th Apr)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-03-01
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.  (Ending Soon Mon, 18th Apr)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-03-01
Kehinde Wiley