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.

An ongoing project by London photographer Cinnamon Faye, Hortus Maximus celebrates the astounding variety of natural forms, texture, and contour of vegetables and spices available today in UK. (Ending Soon Fri, 23rd Feb)

Gallery 1885
SE11 4DS
2024-02-19
Hortus Maximus
Journey through the enchanting, mysterious and sometimes monstrous makings of fantasy.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
Explore the transformation of the Isle of Dogs, its development, its forgotten places and historic buildings, see how people lived in the past. (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Feb)

Idea Store
E14 5NY
2024-02-19
Evolution of the Isle of Dogs
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
Shakespeare’s First Folios: a 400-year journey
An exhibition of 100 original works by Times' cartoonist Mel Calman, famous for his "little man" and witty one-liners, plus online auction and evening event at which his two daughters are interviewed by LIbby Purves. (Ending Soon Fri, 1st Mar)

Olympia Auctions
W14 0PD
2024-02-19
Mel Calman on Love, Rage and Neurosis
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
2024-02-19
Discover Liotard and the Lavergne Family Breakfast
Kew’s 28th Orchid festival draws inspiration from the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Kew Gardens
TW9 3AE
2024-02-19
Kew Gardens 2024 Orchid festival
The forgotten story of the Indian Army camps at Hampton Court Palace (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Fri, 15th Mar)

Senate House
WC1E 7HU
2024-02-19
Charles Holden’s Master Plan: Building the Bloomsbury Campus
This exhibition at the National Gallery presents models of the shortlisted artworks for the next two commissions in 2026 and 2028. (Ending Soon Sun, 17th Mar)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-02-19
Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition 2024
Brought together again after five decades, a series of landscapes by the Scots-Irish artist William Crozier (1930-2011) are on display, showcasing why he became one of the leading artists of the post-war generation.  (Ending Soon Fri, 22nd Mar)

Piano Nobile
W11 4LW
2024-02-19
William Crozier: Nature into Abstraction
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. (Ending Soon Wed, 27th Mar)

London Metropolitan Archives
EC1R 0HB
2024-02-19
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.  (Ending Soon Sat, 30th Mar)

The National Theatre
SE1 9PX
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Mon, 1st Apr)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Fri, 5th Apr)

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-02-19
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.  (Ending Soon Sun, 7th Apr)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-02-19
 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". (Ending Soon Sun, 7th Apr)

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-02-19
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.  (Ending Soon Wed, 10th Apr)

Strawberry Hill
TW1 4ST
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Sat, 13th Apr)

The Queen's Gallery
SW1A 1AA
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 14th Apr)

Borough Yards
SE1 9AD
2024-02-19
Delight
A monumental sculptural installation made of thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments. (Ending Soon Sun, 14th Apr)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-02-19
El Anatsui: Behind the Red Moon
Discover over 100 years of intrigue, deceit and real-life secret agents. (Ending Soon Sun, 14th Apr)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 21st Apr)

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 21st Apr)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2024-02-19
Turner and Bonington: Watercolours from the Wallace Collection
This exhibition marks the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of world-renowned photographic artist, Edward Burtynsky. (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-02-19
BURTYNSKY: Extraction / Abstraction
How do you develop a vaccine quickly and effectively to combat a global pandemic?  (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Wed, 15th May)

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
W11 1QT
2024-02-19
Display - Reuse, Refill, Rethink
A small display of documents about Billingsgate Market in the Guildhall Art Gallery's Heritage room (lower basement). (Ending Soon Thu, 16th May)

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2024-02-19
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. (Ending Soon Mon, 20th May)

UCL Octagon Gallery
wc1e 6bt
2024-02-19
A display exploring the body of literature about London by European writers from across the centuries. (Ending Soon Mon, 20th May)

Bloomsbury Campus
WC1E 6BT
2024-02-19
The museum exhibition features first-hand accounts of the horrors and moments of hope faced by doctors tackling the impact of the virus. (Ending Soon Fri, 24th May)

Royal College of Physicians Museum
NW1 4LE
2024-02-19
Using textiles, fibre and thread, 50 international artists challenge power structures and reimagine the world in this major group exhibition. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

Barbican Arts Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-02-19
Unravel the Power and Politics of Textiles in Art
A group of hauntingly beautiful, large-scale portrait heads in charcoal by Frank Auerbach - considered some of his early masterpieces – are being presented together for the first time.  (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2024-02-19
Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads
A virtual reality tour around the French cathedral, Dame de Paris telling its history right up to the recent devastating fire. (Ending Soon Sat, 1st Jun)

Westminster Abbey
SW1P 3PA
2024-02-19
Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition
Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-19
 Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City
£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. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-02-19
Skateboard
A display of gems collected in classical times -- including some recently recovered by the British Museum from an alleged theft. (Ending Soon Sat, 15th Jun)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-19
Rediscovering gems
This exhibition highlights far-right nationalist rhetoric from the 1970 – 90s and the anti-fascist, anti-racist responses that followed. (Ending Soon Tue, 18th Jun)

Wiener Library
WC1B 5DP
2024-02-19
Crisis of Britishness? Immigration, Race and Nation in Modern Britain
An exhibition of delicate and intimate paintings and drawings from Kenyan-born, London-based artist Zeinab Saleh. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jun)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-02-19
Art Now Zeinab Saleh
This exhibition transports you across the Roman Empire through the life and service of a real Roman soldier, Claudius Terentianus, from enlistment and campaigns to enforcing occupation and then finally retirement. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jun)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-19
Legion life in the Roman army
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2024-02-19
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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. (Ending Soon Mon, 1st Jul)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2024-02-19
From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the Rise of Two Tone
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
2024-02-19
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
For the first time, this exhibition will uncover the major contribution of Jewish designers in making London an iconic fashion city. (Ends on Sun, 7th Jul)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2024-02-19
Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners shaped global style
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
Explore how music shapes our lives in this interactive exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-19
Turn It Up: The power of music
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
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
2024-02-19
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery