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.

This exhibition explores master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – who symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-20
Fabergé: Romance to Revolution
Featuring highlights from the museum's manuscripts collection, this exhibition explores the types of books illuminations came from and the 19th-century context in which they were cut up and collected. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-20
Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings
Discover more about the rise of Greek Revival architecture through contemporary watercolours and contextual images. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-03-20
Greek Revival - simplicity and  splendour
This exhibition will trace more than 200 years of extraordinary experiences and intense activity on a river that has always been essential to the city’s survival. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2022-03-20
London: Port City
The myth of Van Gogh today is linked as much to his extraordinary life as it is to his stunning paintings. This exhibition will allow both aspects to be explored. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2022-03-20
Van Gogh. Self-Portraits
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK. (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-03-20
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
The exhibition shows artwork from the children’s stories that Heath Robinson both wrote and illustrated. (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2022-03-20
Heath Robinson’s Children's Stories
The first major retrospective of this legendary artist to focus exclusively on her work using fabrics and textiles. (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2022-03-20
Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child
Joanna Hiffernan’s relationship with Whistler ran deeper than artist and muse. In this exhibition explore her life and role as a friend, model, lover and collaborator. (Ending Soon Sun, 22nd May)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2022-03-20
Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan
Sweet Harmony looks at a significant five-year period in UK dance music history and the previously undocumented contribution that young people living and working in the London Borough of Waltham Forest made to it. (Ending Soon Wed, 25th May)

Vestry House Museum
E17 9NH
2022-03-20
Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave & Waltham Forest, 1989-1994
An exhibition by Yoon Hyup, known for his vibrant use of lines and dots to create minimalistic and abstract city scape paintings. (Ending Soon Sun, 29th May)

Stolenspace Gallery
E1 6TD
2022-03-20
Light and Shadow
Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-03-20
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom
This exhibition explores Sigmund Freud's fascination and relationship with China. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2022-03-20
Freud and China
This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the finest works amongst the drawings collected by Sir John Soane. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2022-03-20
Hidden Masterpieces
This display will present an important group of twenty-two works by Parmigianino from The Courtauld’s collection. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2022-03-20
The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino
Gaze through the lens of some of the world's best wildlife photographers and marvel at the beauty of our planet.  (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2022-03-20
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This exhibition, 'If you prick us, do we not bleed?' introduces cabinets of curiosity into the heart of the Sainsbury Wing, containing assembled fragments that might look like relics from another collection.  (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Jun)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-03-20
Ali Cherri: If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) award-winning photographer, Dexter McLean, MA, focuses on representation of both the black and disabled communities that he embodies in Tower Avenue, his first solo show. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th Jun)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-03-20
Tower Avenue
A slideshow of selected artworks from Hong Kong artist Chihoi’s graphic novel, based on a story written by Taiwanese poet Hung Hung, evokes a dreamlike train journey. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th Jun)

Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX
2022-03-20
Chihoi: The Train