The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Saturday 18th May.


Top events in London on Sat 18th May 2024

Ancient annual fair in Cheam, started by a procession by the Mayor to the fair.
2024-05-18
9am to 2pm
 
Cheam
Cheam Charter Fair
Cheam
Merchant & Found, one of the UK’s leading online vintage furniture and lighting stores, hosts a 6,000-square-foot vintage supermarket at the Vinyl Factory Soho.
2024-05-18
10am to 7pm
 
Soho North
Soho North
Free entry to the gallery this weekend as part of the Dulwich Festival.
2024-05-18
10am to 5pm
 
Dulwich
Free entry to the Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich
Tour a historic Grade II listed water tower with views of the Kings Cross area and St Pancras station.
2024-05-18
10am to 4pm
 
Kings Cross
Occasional open day at the St Pancras Water Tower
Kings Cross
The Barnes Fragrance Fair will celebrate twenty independent fragrance brands and founders, an array of scent workshops plus a handful of talks.
2024-05-18
10am to 5pm
 
Barnes
Barnes
The international event of the top doll house builders, miniature artisans & DIY suppliers attending.
2024-05-18
10am to 5pm
 
Kensington
Kensington Dollshouse Festival
Kensington
The programme will feature their usual mix of contemporary and historical vexillological presentations.
2024-05-18
10am to 4:30pm
 
Holborn
Holborn
A monthly display of classic cars in Waterloo - usually attracting around 20 vehicles.
2024-05-18
11am to 2pm
 
Southwark
Southwark
City & Guilds of London Art School hosts a two-day event showcasing some of the historic and contemporary craft skills they champion.
2024-05-18
1pm to 6pm
 
Kennington
Kennington
Join Catherine Cawthorne as she fact-checks your favourite stories with science.
2024-05-18
2pm to 3:15pm
 
Hanover Square
Hanover Square
The tour offers the chance to get a real behind-the-scenes look and learn more about world-famous Harrow School and its history.
2024-05-18
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Harrow on the Hill
Harrow School tours
Harrow on the Hill

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Fabian Ramírez: Firing of the Idols
Hissing snakes look on as men holding flaming torches set about burning numerous different human heads, masks, and shields.
Fabian Ramírez: Firing of the Idols
11am to 6pm
Islington
Closing soon Sat, 18th May
2024-04-10
2024-05-18
The Time is Always Now Artists Reframe the Black Figure
A major study of the Black figure – and its representation in contemporary art.
The Time is Always Now Artists Reframe the Black Figure
10:30am to 9pm
Soho
Closing soon Sun, 19th May
2024-02-22
2024-05-19
LCW - Chinese Design: Harmony in Diversity
An exhibition showcasing traditional Chinese crafts alongside innovative modern designs.
LCW - Chinese Design: Harmony in Diversity
10am to 5pm
Tower Hill
Closing soon Sun, 19th May
2024-05-13
2024-05-19
An exhibition in the Austrian Embassy of practices ranging from mouth-blown glass to traditional porcelain, hats, jewellery and more.
11am to 6pm
Belgravia
Closing soon Sun, 19th May
2024-05-14
2024-05-19
A display exploring the body of literature about London by European writers from across the centuries.
9am to 7pm
Euston
Closing soon Mon, 20th May
2023-11-10
2024-05-20
Through photographs, possessions, interviews, maps and more, this exhibition explores the lives and stories of generations of UCL students.
9am to 7pm
Euston
Closing soon Mon, 20th May
2023-11-10
2024-05-20
This exhibition presents a rare & unique opportunity to see original prints by Deakin once owned by Francis Bacon.
10am to 5pm
Bloomsbury
Closing soon Fri, 24th May
2024-04-26
2024-05-24
Cabinets Unlocked
Opened just twice a year to coincide with the conservation team's checks of the collection, these cabinets are normally kept closed to protect the pristine interiors from overexposure to light.
Cabinets Unlocked
12pm to 4pm
Ham
Closing soon Fri, 24th May
2024-05-11
2024-05-24
Hazel Brill - Amber
Hazel Brill's latest body of work combines an assortment of mechanical and organic materials taking inspiration from how biomimicry and biotechnology in architecture blurs the lines between living and non-living.
Hazel Brill - Amber
10am to 6pm
Fitzrovia
Closing soon Fri, 24th May
2024-04-11
2024-05-24
Nick Waplington: Living Room
Hamiltons debuts the gallery's first exhibition with Nick Waplington, marking the release of previously unseen image variants and new works from his iconic series Living Room, 1991.
Nick Waplington: Living Room
11am to 4pm
Mayfair
Closing soon Sat, 25th May
2024-03-14
2024-05-25

Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Saturday 18th May 2024

A tour of the Albert Memorial which will take you behind the railings of this infamous Victorian monument.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 South Kensington
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
Tour inside one of London's greatest gothic buildings. Get an inside view of this gothic masterpiece; The St Pancras Hotel is seen by many as one of the finest example of neo gothic architecture. Assembled using Midland red brick it took five years to complete.
 All Day
 
 Camden
2024-05-18
2024-05-18

St Pancras Hotel Tour

Have you ever wondered what Somerset House was built for and what has taken place within this Grade 1 listed building over the years?
 12pm to 1pm
 
 Strand
2024-05-18
2024-05-18

Somerset House - Historical Highlights Tour

What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Saturday 18th May 2024

A London walking tour exploring architecture & evolution through the streets & spaces of one of the city's most sought after neighbourhoods.
 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
 Mayfair
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
A Spitalfields Saunter Saturday 18th May & Bank Holiday Monday 27th, 11am, £10 per ticket
 11am to 1pm
 
 Whitechapel
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
From the ‘Gherkin’ to the ‘Cheesegrater’, join SAVE and Alec Forshaw for a walking tour focused on the mighty skyscrapers that define the eastern City. Learn about the special protected views around St Paul’s Cathedral, London’s tallest building until 1963, and the evolution of buildings like the Stock Exchange and the Leadenhall Building.
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
 11:30am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
 2pm to 5:15pm
 
 Herne Hill
2024-05-18
2024-05-18
 2:30pm to 5:15pm
 
 City of London
2024-05-18
2024-05-18