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 comprehensive show of over one hundred new works all made in public by sketching on the Metropolitan Line tube trains.  (Ending Soon Mon, 29th Jan)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-29
Martin Church – Tube Picture
Exhibition of icons at Southwark Cathedral. Works by Finnish Traditional Byzantine Iconographer Hanna-Leena Ward. (Ending Soon Tue, 30th Jan)

Southwark Cathedral
SE1 9DA
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Burma to Myanmar
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
An immersive exploration of AI Gods, spirituality, and Silicon Valley’s techno-religion. (Ending Soon Sat, 17th Feb)

arebyte Gallery
E14 0LG
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Reworking Manet
Journey through the enchanting, mysterious and sometimes monstrous makings of fantasy.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Philip Guston
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
2024-01-29
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto
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
2024-01-29
Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed
‘Charles Holden’s Master Plan’ celebrates the architect’s vision of what a modern university could be through displays of detailed architectural models, archival documents, photo albums, and other mixed media. (Ends on Fri, 15th Mar)

Senate House
WC1E 7HU
2024-01-29
Charles Holden’s Master Plan: Building the Bloomsbury Campus
This exhibition presents the stories of Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous heritage who lived and worked in the city between 1560 and 1860 and are recorded in London’s archives. (Ends on Wed, 27th Mar)

London Metropolitan Archives
EC1R 0HB
2024-01-29
Unforgotten Lives
This free exhibition showcases the work of the 12 emerging designers from across the UK who have been selected as the recipients of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2023.  (Ends on Sat, 30th Mar)

The National Theatre
SE1 9PX
2024-01-29
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
 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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
The Devil is in the Detail
This exhibition brings together over 100 works from Henry VIII’s court, including drawings, paintings and miniatures by Hans Holbein the Younger drawn from the Royal Collection, one of the most important surviving groups of the artist’s work. (Ends on Sat, 13th Apr)

The Queen's Gallery
SW1A 1AA
2024-01-29
Holbein at the Tudor Court
£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
2024-01-29
Delight
A monumental sculptural installation made of thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River
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
2024-01-29
Turner and Bonington: Watercolours from the Wallace Collection
Explore how music shapes our lives in this interactive exhibition. (Ends on Mon, 6th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
The museum exhibition features first-hand accounts of the horrors and moments of hope faced by doctors tackling the impact of the virus. (Ends on Fri, 24th May)

Royal College of Physicians Museum
NW1 4LE
2024-01-29
An exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone is but why and how we got there. (Ends on Sat, 25th May)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2024-01-29
From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the Rise of Two Tone
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
2024-01-29
Unravel the Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
£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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
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
2024-01-29
Japan: Myths to Manga
An exhibition of photos and artwork inspired by the brutalist appearance of the National Theatre. (Ends on Sat, 31st Aug)

The National Theatre
SE1 9PX
2024-01-29
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
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
2024-01-29
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
2024-01-29
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery