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 the close-knit world of the Georgian music industry, where not what you knew, but who you knew, was of greatest importance. (Ending Soon Sun, 1st May)

Foundling Museum
WC1N 1AZ
2022-05-01
 Friends with benefits: musical networking in Georgian London
Celebrating the diversity of photography as it exists today, the Sony World Photography Awards 2022 exhibition showcases the very best images from all competitions across the Awards. (Ending Soon Mon, 2nd May)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2022-05-01
Sony World Photography Awards 2022
Follow the story of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, an elite British tank regiment whose men fought their way across North-West Europe in the final stages of the Second World War. (Ending Soon Fri, 6th May)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2022-05-01
Brothers in Arms
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
Van Gogh. Self-Portraits
A first time display in London oversized prints of some of Bischof's most revered icons. (Ending Soon Sun, 8th May)

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2022-05-01
Werner Bischof - A life in photographs
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK. (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child
The 29 works on display will highlight Raphael’s development as a draughtsman and show how his talented pupils continued to draw with a similar inventive and free-flowing spirit.  (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-05-01
Raphael and his school drawing connections
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
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
2022-05-01
Light and Shadow
Radio Ballads presents new film commissions alongside paintings, drawings and contextual materials that share the stories learned in social care work. (Ending Soon Sun, 29th May)

Serpentine North Gallery
W2 2AR
2022-05-01
Radio Ballads
Touching on histories of medicine, trade and industrialisation through digitally rendered objects, Seaward weaves narrative through commonplace objects and organic forms. (Ending Soon Sun, 29th May)

Zabludowicz Collection
NW5 3PT
2022-05-01
Victor Seaward
An outdoor exhibition of 138 award-winning images selected from 20,000 submissions by photographers in 151 countries. (Ending Soon Tue, 31st May)

Granary Square
N1C 4AA
2022-05-01
Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition
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
2022-05-01
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom