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 the dynamic relationship between contemporary painting and photography. (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Jan)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-01-28
Capturing The Moment
This display of prints by American artist Ed Ruscha focuses on his prevailing interest in the physical world around him. (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Jan)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-01-28
Ed Ruscha roads and insects
Visit the Chelsea Physic Garden during a celebration of the earliest spring blooms, the coming of warmer weather and lighter days. (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Jan)

Chelsea Physic Garden
SW3 4HS
2024-01-28
Heralding Spring with snowdrop trails
Revel in the beauty of nature at this display of works by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues – one of the most gifted botanical artists of his age. (Ending Soon Sun, 28th Jan)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-01-28
The genius of nature botanical drawings by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues
Exhibition of icons at Southwark Cathedral. Works by Finnish Traditional Byzantine Iconographer Hanna-Leena Ward. (Ending Soon Tue, 30th Jan)

Southwark Cathedral
SE1 9DA
2024-01-28
The six-metre diameter artwork is made from over 2,500 pieces of coal with a combined weight of over half a tonne – the amount of coal consumed by a single 200W light bulb in a year. (Ending Soon Sun, 4th Feb)

Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9NN
2024-01-28
Experience the exceptional craftmanship and creativity behind The Crown with a special exhibition of the sets, costumes and props. (Ending Soon Mon, 5th Feb)

Bonhams
W1S 1SR
2024-01-28
The Crown - costumes exhibition
From influential superpower to repressive regime, Myanmar – also known as Burma – has seen dramatic fluctuations in fortune over the past 1,500 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Feb)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-01-28
Burma to Myanmar
This is an ongoing body of video works by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, videogames and DNA ancestry. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Feb)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2024-01-28
Genetic Automata
Poet, artist and filmmaker Julianknxx explores themes of inheritance, loss and belonging as he crosses the boundaries between written word, music and visual art. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Feb)

Barbican Arts Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-28
Julianknxx Chorus in Rememory of Flight
This display presents an outstanding group of around twenty Venetian drawings from The Courtauld’s collection. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Feb)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2024-01-28
La Serenissima: Drawing in 18th century Venice 
This exhibition will be one of the most wide-ranging surveys of contemporary fashion culture ever staged in the UK. (Ending Soon Sun, 11th Feb)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-01-28
REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion
A journey through more than 200 of the most beautiful, idiosyncratic, and interesting places on Earth – all seemingly plucked from the whimsical world of Wes Anderson. (Ending Soon Sat, 17th Feb)

81-85 Old Brompton Road
SW7 3LD
2024-01-28
Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition
Explore the design and history of the Royal Festival Hall foyers, and discover the people behind them, in this free Archive Studio exhibition. (Ending Soon Sat, 17th Feb)

Royal Festival Hall
SE1 8XX
2024-01-28
An immersive exploration of AI Gods, spirituality, and Silicon Valley’s techno-religion. (Ending Soon Sat, 17th Feb)

arebyte Gallery
E14 0LG
2024-01-28
Zach Blas: CULTUS
Whether subverting, inverting, celebrating or exploding – this intriguing new show explores the history of artists taking on the medium of books. (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Feb)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-01-28
An exhibition showcasing the creativity and imagination of young people responding to Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882).  (Ending Soon Sun, 18th Feb)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2024-01-28
Reworking Manet
Journey through the enchanting, mysterious and sometimes monstrous makings of fantasy.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-01-28
Fantasy: Realms of Imagination
This exhibition will present the landscape and nature paintings and sculptures of Frank Walter. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

Garden Museum
SE1 7LB
2024-01-28
Battersea Power Station’s annual Light Festival is returning bigger and brighter than ever before to illuminate the winter evenings. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

Battersea Power Station
SW11 8EZ
2024-01-28
Light Festival 2024
From trials to triumphs, explore Malorie Blackman's impact on the world of children's literature. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-01-28
Malorie Blackman: The Power of Stories
One of the 20th century’s most captivating painters responds to a world in turmoil (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-01-28
Philip Guston
£16.50  
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents a new body of work by the renowned artist Sara Shamma.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

Dulwich Picture Gallery
SE21 7AD
2024-01-28
Sara Shamma
This Prize is one of the most important and anticipated photography competitions in the world and a showcase for both celebrated professionals and talented amateurs. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

National Portrait Gallery
WC2H 0HE
2024-01-28
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
A number of newly commissioned works and collaborations that explore the elements that structure our perception of reality and challenge the human instinct of finding order and meaning in our surroundings. (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

180 Studios
WC2R 1EA
2024-01-28
UVA: Synchronicity
How can we design our homes to respond to the climate emergency? Discover how architects are reimagining wood, stone and straw to design homes fit for the future. (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Feb)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-01-28
How to Build a Low-Carbon Home
This exhibition explores the history of this iconic book through its reproductions as facsimiles, how the text was repackaged and republished and how the book became prized by collectors. (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Feb)

Senate House Library
WC1E 7HU
2024-01-28
Shakespeare’s First Folios: a 400-year journey
For the first time in 250 years, this exhibition reunites the pastel masterpiece by Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard, painted in Lyon in 1754, with the painted version in oil he completed in London almost 20 years later.  (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-01-28
Discover Liotard and the Lavergne Family Breakfast
The forgotten story of the Indian Army camps at Hampton Court Palace (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU
2024-01-28
The Indian Army at the Palace
The Way of All Flesh beckons visitors to contemplate the ephemeral nature of existence, to gaze into the mirror of mortality, and to recognise the universal embrace of life’s impermanence. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-01-28
The Way of All Flesh
Everyday Monuments showcases works by three emerging UK artists – Catriona Robertson, Jacob Talkowski and Alaric Hammond. (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Mar)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-01-28
Everyday Monuments
The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, charting the establishment of the House of CHANEL and the evolution of her iconic design style. (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Mar)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-01-28
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto
An exhibition of 70 works on paper by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists. (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Mar)

Royal Academy of Arts
W1J 0BD
2024-01-28
Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec
Discover an overlooked Renaissance great in the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Francesco Pesellino (c.1422–1457). (Ending Soon Sun, 10th Mar)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-01-28
Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed
This exhibition displays her vivid and detailed illustrations, as well as the wooden ‘Pomona’ toys she created with fellow artist and suffragette campaigner Louise Jacobs. (Ends on Sun, 24th Mar)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2024-01-28
Mary V. Wheelhouse: Suffragette, Illustrator and Toymaker
This exhibition explores some of the ways in which Shakespeare has shaped how we think about soldiers and the Army, and how we imagine war and its consequences today. (Ends on Sun, 31st Mar)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2024-01-28
Shakespeare and War
Showcasing prints and drawings from Genoa's golden age, this display spotlights an artistic powerhouse that rivalled Venice, Florence and Rome. (Ends on Mon, 1st Apr)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-01-28
Superb line prints and drawings from Genoa 1500–1800
This free installation invites visitors to orient themselves in the buildings and their complex, fascinating histories in an exciting new display at the heart of the Barbican’s Foyers. (Ends on Fri, 5th Apr)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-28
Concrete and Clay - Archiving the Barbican
The first of its kind, this exhibition is a wide-ranging exploration of feminist art by over 100 women artists working in the UK.  (Ends on Sun, 7th Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-01-28
 Women In Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990
£20  
Expect an explosion of over the top fashions at the V&A Museum this summer, as it brings together a collection of outfits worn by celebrities under the title of "divas". (Ends on Sun, 7th Apr)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-01-28
DIVA
The Devil is in the Detail will display one of the most important series of woodcuts in Albrecht Dürer’s career, the Great Passion, which is rarely seen in its complete set, as well as several other key works from the era.  (Ends on Wed, 10th Apr)

Strawberry Hill
TW1 4ST
2024-01-28
The Devil is in the Detail
An exhibition to mark the film's 30th anniversary. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Cartoon Museum
W1A 3AE
2024-01-28
30 Years of The Wrong Trousers
£18.50  
From emojis to internet memes, video games to plushie toys, food to loveable robotic design, cuteness has taken over our world. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2024-01-28
Cute
£27.40  
A multimedia exhibition that combines visuals, sound, and augmented reality to animate the cultural heritage and spirit of South Korea's Seoul.  (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Borough Yards
SE1 9AD
2024-01-28
Delight
A monumental sculptural installation made of thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-01-28
El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon
For the first time, this exhibition will uncover the major contribution of Jewish designers in making London an iconic fashion city. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2024-01-28
Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners shaped global style
Discover over 100 years of intrigue, deceit and real-life secret agents. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2024-01-28
Spies, Lies and Deception
Experience Ainu culture as it exists today in this exploration of the contemporary lives of this indigenous people of northern Japan. (Ends on Sun, 21st Apr)

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-01-28
Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River
The exhibitions explore one of the great - and most entertaining - literary friendships, tracing the shared work, travels, confidences and, above all, the bond of friendship between two men whose books remain loved the world over. (Ends on Sun, 21st Apr)

Charles Dickens Museum
WC1N 2LX
2024-01-28
Mutual Friends: The Adventures of Charles Dickens & Wilkie Collins
This bold new exploration of glass in the UK brings together for the very first time rarely seen works from key UK collections, celebrating this remarkable material. (Ends on Sun, 21st Apr)

Two Temple Place
WC2R 3BD
2024-01-28
The Glass Heart
This free display brings together ten works by the two artists: with four views of Yorkshire by Turner and five scenes of Normandy and Venice by Bonington. (Ends on Sun, 21st Apr)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2024-01-28
Turner and Bonington: Watercolours from the Wallace Collection
This exhibition explores notions of beauty across time and cultures. (Ends on Sun, 28th Apr)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2024-01-28
The Cult of Beauty
Explore how music shapes our lives in this interactive exhibition. (Ends on Mon, 6th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-01-28
Turn It Up: The power of music
How do you develop a vaccine quickly and effectively to combat a global pandemic?  (Ends on Sun, 12th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-01-28
Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine
This exhibition showcases the difference between refillable, returnable (prefill) and repurposed product packaging of the past, present, and future. (Ends on Wed, 15th May)

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
W11 1QT
2024-01-28
Display - Reuse, Refill, Rethink
A small display of documents about Billingsgate Market in the Guildhall Art Gallery's Heritage room (lower basement). (Ends on Thu, 16th May)

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2024-01-28
Billingsgate Market at the Heritage Gallery
Through photographs, possessions, interviews, maps and more, this exhibition explores the lives and stories of generations of UCL students. (Ends on Mon, 20th May)

UCL Octagon Gallery
wc1e 6bt
2024-01-28
A display exploring the body of literature about London by European writers from across the centuries. (Ends on Mon, 20th May)

Bloomsbury Campus
WC1E 6BT
2024-01-28
Using textiles, fibre and thread, 50 international artists challenge power structures and reimagine the world in this major group exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 26th May)

Barbican Arts Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-28
Unravel the Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
Celebrate the centenary of the publication of Freud’s famous work The Ego and the Id with an interactive mini-exhibition exploring visual metaphors behind the id, ego and superego. (Ends on Fri, 31st May)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2024-01-28
An exhibition about the west London hive of workshops and design studios that fed into some of the country’s most iconic Sci-Fi films and TV shows. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jun)

Gunnersbury Park and Museum
W5 4NH
2024-01-28
 Set to Stun: Designing & Filming Sci-Fi in West London
£18  
The first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today – a story of design, daring and disobedience. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jun)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-01-28
Skateboard
An exhibition of delicate and intimate paintings and drawings from Kenyan-born, London-based artist Zeinab Saleh. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Jun)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-01-28
Art Now Zeinab Saleh
A forest rodeo, a hidden stargazer and a mason bee at work are just a few of the awe-inspiring images featured in the 59th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. (Ends on Sun, 30th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2024-01-28
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The exhibition explores tea’s complex history and myriad of meanings – from its popularisation and globalisation connected to stories of imperialism and colonial violence. (Ends on Sun, 7th Jul)

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2024-01-28
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
Through personal letters, photographs, sculptures, books and marginalia, Freud and Latin America will investigate the roots of psychoanalysis in the region. (Ends on Sun, 14th Jul)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2024-01-28
Freud and Latin America
From Hokusai to Pokémon, Studio Ghibli, robots and beyond, the exhibition takes young visitors on an atmospheric and playful journey revealing the influence of folklore on Japan’s art and design. (Ends on Sun, 11th Aug)

Young V&A
E2 9PA
2024-01-28
Japan: Myths to Manga
This exhibition follows the lives of British soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years. (Ends on Wed, 21st Aug)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2024-01-28
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
You can spot your postie by their brightly coloured get-up, but what’s the history of their uniform and how has it changed?  (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

The Postal Museum
WC1X 0DA
2024-01-28
Dressed to Deliver
The 14 works on display provide a snapshot of digital art practices from the 1960s to early 2000s. (Ends on Sun, 15th Sep)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-01-28
Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary
Loaned from Brighton Museum, this display showcases more than 300 years of popular British history. (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-01-28
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery