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 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
2024-04-29
BURTYNSKY: Extraction / Abstraction
Explore how music shapes our lives in this interactive exhibition. (Ends on Mon, 6th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-04-29
Turn It Up: The power of music
Free  
At the heart of the exhibition is a vast stained glass window that doubles as a chicken shop menu. (Ends on Sat, 11th May)

OOF Gallery
N17 0AP
2024-04-29
Fowl Play
This survey presents an extensive collection of Frost's most compelling paintings from 1966-2003. (Ends on Sat, 11th May)

Flowers Gallery
W1S 3LZ
2024-04-29
Terry Frost
How do you develop a vaccine quickly and effectively to combat a global pandemic?  (Ends on Sun, 12th May)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-04-29
Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine
This exhibition about Sir Neville Marriner features record sleeves and boxes, photographs, awards, tributes from friends and colleagues and memorabilia from a life of great achievement and personal enjoyment. (Ends on Sun, 12th May)

St Martin-in-the-Fields
WC2N 4JJ
2024-04-29
Critically acclaimed, the collection features works by artist Nathan Sawaya which are made from millions of LEGO bricks. (Ends on Sun, 12th May)

The Boiler House
E1 6RU
2024-04-29
The Art of the Brick - LEGO Art
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
This exhibition presents a rare & unique opportunity to see original prints by Deakin once owned by Francis Bacon. (Ends on Fri, 24th May)

Swedenborg House
WC1A 2TH
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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. (Ends on Sat, 1st Jun)

Westminster Abbey
SW1P 3PA
2024-04-29
Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition
Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Jun)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-04-29
 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
2024-04-29
Skateboard
From 1970s activism to the current party scene, the exhibition displays five decades of Hackney life through a camera lens. (Ends on Sat, 15th Jun)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-04-29
At Home in Hackney: A community photographed 1970-today
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
2024-04-29
Rediscovering gems
Showcasing more than 160 rare vintage prints, this exhibition spans the career of both artists – and suggests new ways to look at their work. (Ends on Sun, 16th Jun)

National Portrait Gallery
WC2H 0HE
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
This exhibition highlights far-right nationalist rhetoric from the 1970 – 90s and the anti-fascist, anti-racist responses that followed. (Ends on Mon, 1st Jul)

Wiener Library
WC1B 5DP
2024-04-29
Crisis of Britishness? Immigration, Race and Nation in Modern Britain
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 Mon, 1st Jul)

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2024-04-29
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
2024-04-29
 茶, चाय, Tea (Chá, Chai, Tea)
Step inside a traditional tailor’s workshop in the East End and immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of a Carnaby Street boutique at the height of the Swinging Sixties – when London was the world's fashion capital. (Ends on Sun, 7th Jul)

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2024-04-29
Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners shaped global style
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
2024-04-29
Sargent and Fashion
This exhibition examines a collection of works on paper made by British colonialists in nineteenth-century India. (Ends on Fri, 12th Jul)

The Peltz Gallery
WC1H 0PD
2024-04-29
Mary Beale (1633-1699) was one of Britain’s first professional woman artists and is subject of this exhibition featuring 25 of her works from public and private collections, including some never seen before in public. (Ends on Fri, 19th Jul)

Philip Mould & Company
SW1Y 5LU
2024-04-29
Fruit of Friendship: Portraits by Mary Beale
The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, 1610, lent by the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, will be displayed alongside another late work by the Italian artist from the National Gallery Collection, Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist, about 1609–10. (Ends on Sun, 21st Jul)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-04-29
The Last Caravaggio
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
2024-04-29
Japan: Myths to Manga
For centuries, Black communities have created music in the UK, melding global influences into a Black British sound that has echoed through generations. (Ends on Mon, 26th Aug)

British Library
NW1 2DB
2024-04-29
Beyond the Bassline: 500 Years of Black British Music
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
2024-04-29
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-04-29
Offering art lovers a fresh perspective on London, its architecture, and geography, Guildhall Art Gallery celebrates the work of artist and specialist wood engraver, Anne Desmet RA. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2024-04-29
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope
£20  
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-04-29
Enzo Mari
This exhibition explores networks of solidarity between groups campaigning on peace, nuclear weapons and national self-determination. (Ends on Sun, 15th Sep)

LSE Library
WC2A 2HD
2024-04-29
A Say in the End of the World: Solidarity and Nuclear Defence in the Cold War
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
2024-04-29
Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary
An exhibition about an architectural style developed in the 1940s and adopted after independence by India and Ghana as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Sep)

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-04-29
Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence
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
2024-04-29
Henry Willett's Collection of Popular Pottery
Take a deeper look into the human experience of conflict with Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington at IWM London. (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2024-04-29
Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington
Discover the story of the friendships that made modern art (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-04-29
 Expressionists Kandinsky, Münter and The Blue Rider
A display of rare, nationally significant outfits which shines a spotlight on the intimate story of a middle-class mother and her affluent daughter at a moment in history that shaped the way fashion is consumed today. (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

Leighton House Museum
W14 8LZ
2024-04-29
 Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910)
The Wallace Collection explore the remarkable life and legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the founder of the Sikh Empire (1799-1849).  (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

Wallace Collection
W1U 3BN
2024-04-29
Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King
This exhibition invites you to discover the key role chocolate played in the revival of Greenwich. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Nov)

Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LW
2024-04-29
Chocolate House Greenwich
Women of the RNLI at the National Maritime Museum celebrates the work of women in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. (Ends on Sun, 1st Dec)

National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF
2024-04-29
Women of the RNLI
Money and the way we use it has changed. This free exhibition responds directly to questions asked by the public about the future of money. (Ends on Fri, 29th Aug 2025)

Bank of England Museum
EC2R 8AH
2024-04-29
The Future of Money