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.

A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK. (Ending Soon Sun, 15th May)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-05-10
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
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
2022-05-10
Raphael and his school drawing connections
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. (Ending Soon Mon, 16th May)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2022-05-10
True is The Dream
An exhibition featuring recent and newly-commissioned works by UK-based artists, Euphrosyne Andrews, Nia Fekri and Seungwon Jung. (Ending Soon Fri, 20th May)

Korean Cultural Centre UK
WC2N 5BW
2022-05-10
Drifting Terrain
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
2022-05-10
Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan
This exhibition celebrates The Prince’s Foundation’s history, principles, aims, projects and education programmes, with a particular focus on the work being done by the charity to champion and preserve heritage craft skills.  (Ending Soon Fri, 27th May)

The Garrison Chapel
SW1W 8BG
2022-05-10
Preserving the World’s Sacred Crafts
A major solo exhibition of African diaspora artist Everlyn Nicodemus. (Ending Soon Sat, 28th May)

Richard Saltoun Gallery
W1S 4NS
2022-05-10
Everlyn Nicodemus
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
2022-05-10
Radio Ballads
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
2022-05-10
Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Through artist impressions and technical diagrams from her fieldwork, geologist and landscape artist Emma Theresa Jude reports on her recent ascent of the ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’ at the peak of Sgùrr Dearg on the Scottish Isle of Skye. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th Jun)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-05-10
Emma Theresa Jude: The Map Is Not The Territory
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
2022-05-10
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
2022-05-10
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
A photography exhibition in the former Habitat store on Tottenham Court Road. (Ends on Sat, 11th Jun)

Heal's Building
W1T 7LQ
2022-05-10
Momentum of Light
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.  (Ends on Sun, 12th Jun)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-05-10
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. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jun)

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2022-05-10
Tower Avenue
New exhibits will include items from IWM’s rich collection that will go on display for the very first time and highlight eyewitness accounts of the conflict. (Ends on Tue, 14th Jun)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-05-10
Falklands Conflict
Discover the story of the Islanders whose lives were altered by the Falklands War. (Ends on Fri, 17th Jun)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2022-05-10
Falklands at 40
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. (Ends on Sun, 19th Jun)

Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX
2022-05-10
Chihoi: The Train
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair. (Ends on Sun, 19th Jun)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2022-05-10
Hair: Untold Stories
Kawanabe Kyōsai was one of the most exciting Japanese painters of the 19th century. Discover his work – some of which has never been seen before – in the first exhibition outside of Japan in nearly 30 years.  (Ends on Sun, 19th Jun)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2022-05-10
Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection