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
2024-02-23
Hortus Maximus
Journey through the enchanting, mysterious and sometimes monstrous makings of fantasy.  (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023
London-based collective United Visual Artists largest show to date will feature a number of newly commissioned works and collaborations that explore the elements that structure our perception of reality (Ending Soon Sun, 25th Feb)

180 Studios
WC2R 1EA
2024-02-23
UVA: Synchronicity
A special exhibition about a little-known local scientific invention with a huge global impact: the development of artificial silk. (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Feb)

Museum of Richmond
TW9 1TP
2024-02-23
Artificial Silk: From Kew to the World
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
How to Build a Low-Carbon Home
To mark the 200th anniversary of the first scientific description of a non-avian dinosaur, a life-sized replica of a Megalosaurus will be on display. (Ending Soon Thu, 29th Feb)

Geological Society
W1J 0BD
2024-02-23
See a life-sized Megalosaurus
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Mel Calman on Love, Rage and Neurosis
An exploration into the overlooked world of historical boy’s dress through a collector’s eye. (Ending Soon Sat, 2nd Mar)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2024-02-23
Oh Boy! Boy’s Dress 1760-1930
This exhibition explores printed propaganda textiles over more than two centuries, from the French Revolution to Brexit. (Ending Soon Sat, 2nd Mar)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2024-02-23
An autoethnographic exhibition by Roger K. Burton loosely centred around his design influences and inspiration of three seminal fashion shops PX and Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren Worlds End, Nostalgia of Mud (Ending Soon Sat, 2nd Mar)

Horse Hospital
WC1N 1JD
2024-02-23
What’s He Doing In There? We Have A Right To Know
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
2024-02-23
Discover Liotard and the Lavergne Family Breakfast
An exhibition of vertical photographs of London architecture. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2024-02-23
Horst Hamann: London Vertical
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
2024-02-23
Kew Gardens 2024 Orchid festival
Currently in its seventh year, The Architecture Drawing Prize continues to celebrate the art of drawing in three categories: hand-drawn, digital and hybrid. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2024-02-23
The Architecture Drawing Prize
The forgotten story of the Indian Army camps at Hampton Court Palace (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Mar)

Hampton Court Palace
KT8 9AU
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
The Way of All Flesh
An exhibition of five photographers who were born outside the UK but have been central to the development of photography in Britain over the last century. (Ending Soon Fri, 8th Mar)

Ben Uri Gallery
NW8 0RH
2024-02-23
Uncharted Streets: Photographs from the Hyman Collection
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Charles Holden’s Master Plan: Building the Bloomsbury Campus
An exhibition of text and film work by Douglas Gordon. (Ends on Fri, 15th Mar)

Gagosian Gallery
W1K 3QD
2024-02-23
Douglas Gordon All I need is a little bit of everything
Two exhibitions at the Brunei Gallery in SOAS about African architecture, and reflections on global democracy. (Ends on Sat, 16th Mar)

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2024-02-23
Building Africa & Living Democracy
This exhibition at the National Gallery presents models of the shortlisted artworks for the next two commissions in 2026 and 2028. (Ends on Sun, 17th Mar)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-02-23
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.  (Ends on Fri, 22nd Mar)

Piano Nobile
W11 4LW
2024-02-23
William Crozier: Nature into Abstraction
From 1970s activism to the current party scene, the exhibition displays five decades of Hackney life through a camera lens. (Ends on Sat, 23rd Mar)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Mary V. Wheelhouse: Suffragette, Illustrator and Toymaker
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
2024-02-23
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
 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
2024-02-23
DIVA
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
2024-02-23
Holbein at the Tudor Court
An exhibition to mark the film's 30th anniversary. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Cartoon Museum
W1A 3AE
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Delight
A monumental sculptural installation made of thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments. (Ends on Sun, 14th Apr)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
The Cult of Beauty
A large scale new commission from Hong-Kong based artist Zheng Bo, transforming Somerset House’s courtyard into a bamboo garden. (Ends on Sun, 28th Apr)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2024-02-23
Zheng Bo: Bamboo as Method
Spanning over 60 years of contemporary sculpture, this exhibition highlights ways in which artists draw on familiar experiences of movement, flux and organic growth. (Ends on Sun, 5th May)

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2024-02-23
When Forms Come Alive
This exhibition marks the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of world-renowned photographic artist, Edward Burtynsky. (Ends on Mon, 6th May)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-02-23
BURTYNSKY: Extraction / Abstraction
Explore how music shapes our lives in this interactive exhibition. (Ends on Mon, 6th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-23
Turn It Up: The power of music
Bethlem Museum of the Mind showcases Alison Lapper’s (b.1965) work that explores her journey of grief since the untimely death of her son Parys.  (Ends on Sat, 11th May)

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
BR3 3BX
2024-02-23
Alison Lapper: Lost in Parys
How do you develop a vaccine quickly and effectively to combat a global pandemic?  (Ends on Sun, 12th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Billingsgate Market at the Heritage Gallery
A major study of the Black figure – and its representation in contemporary art.  (Ends on Sun, 19th May)

National Portrait Gallery
WC2H 0HE
2024-02-23
The Time is Always Now Artists Reframe the Black Figure
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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.  (Ends on Mon, 27th May)

Courtauld Institute of Art
WC2R 0RN
2024-02-23
Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads
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
2024-02-23
This exhibition features personal stories, photographs and objects from from the 1950s to the present day. (Ends on Sat, 1st Jun)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-02-23
Celebrating Hackney’s Adventure Playgrounds
A virtual reality tour around the French cathedral, Dame de Paris telling its history right up to the recent devastating fire. (Ends on Sat, 1st Jun)

Westminster Abbey
SW1P 3PA
2024-02-23
Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition
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
2024-02-23
 Set to Stun: Designing & Filming Sci-Fi in West London
Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jun)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-02-23
 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. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jun)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-02-23
Skateboard
A display of gems collected in classical times -- including some recently recovered by the British Museum from an alleged theft. (Ends on Sat, 15th Jun)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-23
Rediscovering gems
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
2024-02-23
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. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Jun)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-02-23
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. (Ends on Sun, 30th Jun)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
Almost 60 of Sargent’s paintings will be on display, including major portraits that rarely travel (Ends on Sun, 7th Jul)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-02-23
Sargent and Fashion
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
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
2024-02-23
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
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
2024-02-23
Dressed to Deliver
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
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
2024-02-23
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery