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.

The church will be cleared of pews and filled with spectacular flower displays alongside an exhibition of historic floral-themed vestments, which are worn by the clergy throughout the religious year.  (Ending Soon Sat, 25th May)

St Mary’s Church
SW1W 8JJ
2024-05-25
 Vestment and Flower Festival: The Play's the Thing
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. (Ending Soon Sat, 25th May)

Hamiltons Gallery
W1K 2EU
2024-05-25
Nick Waplington: Living Room
During the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, loads of shops and streets around Chelsea and Belgravia become a free floral show all of their own. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

Various locations
2024-05-25
Chelsea and Belgravia in Bloom
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads
The World Press Photo Contest highlights the year’s most impactful visual stories, fostering a deeper understanding of pressing global issues.  (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

Borough Yards
SE1 9AD
2024-05-25
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. (Ending Soon Fri, 31st May)

Freud Museum
NW3 5SX
2024-05-25
This exhibition features personal stories, photographs and objects from from the 1950s to the present day. (Ending Soon Sat, 1st Jun)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-05-25
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. (Ending Soon Sat, 1st Jun)

Westminster Abbey
SW1P 3PA
2024-05-25
Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition
The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and sculpture by Oliver Enwonwu, as well as works by his father, the acclaimed pioneer African modernist artist, Ben Enwonwu.  (Ending Soon Sat, 1st Jun)

Mall Galleries
SW1Y 5BD
2024-05-25
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

Gunnersbury Park and Museum
W5 4NH
2024-05-25
 Set to Stun: Designing & Filming Sci-Fi in West London
Turn back the hands of time and discover a beautiful exhibition of mechanical marvels. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-05-25
 Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City
The British Press Photographers’ Association presents its annual ‘Assignments’ exhibition celebrating the best of press photography from its members. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

Bargehouse
SE1 9PH
2024-05-25
Assignments 2024: The BPPA Exhibition
Bella Hoare’s solo exhibition 'A Different Green' showcases paintings that celebrate femininity and its relationship with the natural world. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

gallery@oxo
SE1 9PH
2024-05-25
Bella Hoare | A Different Green
£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
2024-05-25
Skateboard
Photography has long been associated with acts of resistance. It is used to document action, share ideas, inspire change, tell stories, gather evidence and fight against injustice. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jun)

South London Gallery
SE15 5LQ
2024-05-25
Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest
anciful Figures turns visitors’ attention to ‘staffage’, the small human and animal figures in architectural drawings, which became increasingly popular during the eighteenth century. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jun)

Sir John Soane's Museum
WC2A 3BP
2024-05-25
Fanciful Figures
From 1970s activism to the current party scene, the exhibition displays five decades of Hackney life through a camera lens. (Ending Soon Sat, 15th Jun)

Hackney Museum
E8 1GQ
2024-05-25
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. (Ending Soon Sat, 15th Jun)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-05-25
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. (Ending Soon Sun, 16th Jun)

National Portrait Gallery
WC2H 0HE
2024-05-25
This exhibition presents the emergence of Indian modern art as a quest for cultural independence. (Ending Soon Sat, 22nd Jun)

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
WC1H 0XG
2024-05-25
An exhibition of costumes inspired by Englands's many folk traditions. (Ending Soon Sat, 22nd Jun)

UAL: London College of Fashion
E20 2AR
2024-05-25
Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain
Danish artist, Anders Scrmn Meisner, presents a playful new series of paintings that explore the emotional value of objects and the power of visual storytelling. (Ending Soon Sat, 22nd Jun)

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (Wandsworth)
SW18 1TG
2024-05-25
Shark Smiles and Sunflowers
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
2024-05-25
Art Now Zeinab Saleh
The exhibition will include illustrations for stories by Richmal Crompton, J. B. Priestly & Gerald Bullett and John van Druten, an English playwright and theatre director. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jun)

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2024-05-25
Heath Robinson’s Illustrations for magazines, 1925 to 1936
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
2024-05-25
Legion life in the Roman army
Robinson explores the ancient myth of Mithras through an immersive space, evocative of the initiation ceremonies thought to have been held in the Temple. (Ending Soon Sat, 29th Jun)

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2024-05-25
Dream-Bridge-Omniglyph
Moroccan artist Soufiane Ababri’s new commission, Their mouths were full of bumblebees but it was me who was pollinated, explores questions of desire, queerness, and diaspora. (Ending Soon Sun, 30th Jun)

Barbican Arts Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2024-05-25
Soufiane Ababri
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
From the Caribbean to Coventry - Plotting the Rise of Two Tone
For this exhibition each artist has generated work on the theme of the sky and its symbolic significance within the Nordic and Estonian cultural context. (Ending Soon Sat, 6th Jul)

Pontone Gallery
W1T 3DB
2024-05-25
Lost Summer Skies | Kristi Kongi & Tõnis Saadoja
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
2024-05-25
 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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Sargent and Fashion
Thick, Stretchy, Sticky Space features digital paintings and video works that delve into speculative landscapes. (Ends on Sun, 14th Jul)

IMT Gallery
E2 9NQ
2024-05-25
Fran Hayes | Thick, Stretchy, Sticky Space
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
2024-05-25
Freud and Latin America
Featuring works created between 1956 and 1981, this exhibition traces the evolution of Schneider’s formal vocabulary through the post-war years. (Ends on Sat, 20th Jul)

Cardi Gallery
W1S 4EX
2024-05-25
Gérard Schneider
This exhibition explores the human spirit during captivity during the Second World War. (Ends on Sun, 21st Jul)

National Archives
TW9 4DU
2024-05-25
Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives
Leica Gallery London is exhibiting Simon Wheatley’s series Silverlink, all shot with the Leica M-System and exclusively printed for the first time. (Ends on Sun, 21st Jul)

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2024-05-25
Simon Wheatley - Silverlink
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
2024-05-25
The Last Caravaggio
This exhibition looks at the last 30 years of Michelangelo's remarkable life. (Ends on Sun, 28th Jul)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-05-25
Michelangelo: the last decades
An exhibition of modern ceramics and glass, curated by Joanna Bird. (Ends on Sun, 4th Aug)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
W5 5EQ
2024-05-25
A Fine Line: Modern Makers at Pitzhanger
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
2024-05-25
Japan: Myths to Manga
This exhibition focuses on William Morris, placing his wallpaper designs within the context of the radical changes in taste witnessed during the Victorian era. (Ends on Sun, 11th Aug)

The William Morris Society
W6 9TA
2024-05-25
The Art of Wallpaper: Morris & Co. in Context
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
2024-05-25
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
This exhibition brings together the work of these two cultural icons for the very first time. (Ends on Sun, 25th Aug)

Studio Voltaire
SW4 7JR
2024-05-25
Beryl Cook / Tom of Finland
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Dressed to Deliver
The first solo presentation in a London institution for the trailblazing artist, author, educator, and feminist icon Judy Chicago (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Serpentine North Gallery
W2 2AR
2024-05-25
Judy Chicago: Revelations
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, 1st Sep)

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2024-05-25
Shakespeare and War
Explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-05-25
Turn It Up: The power of music
The artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years interrogates the ecological impact of colonialisation, imperialism's legacy on conflict and consequential attempts at peace. (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Serpentine South Gallery
W2 3XA
2024-05-25
Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-05-25
The first-ever, walk-through photography exhibition that tells the untold story of how Princess Diana changed the world – through the lens of her official photographer. (Ends on Mon, 2nd Sep)

Dockside Vaults
E1W 1AT
2024-05-25
Princess Diana: Accredited Access Photography Exhibition
Exploring how fashion phenomenon Biba blossomed to become the world’s first lifestyle label. (Ends on Sat, 7th Sep)

Fashion and Textile Museum
SE1 3XF
2024-05-25
The Biba Story, 1964-1975
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
2024-05-25
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope
Japan’s leading creators share inspirational design that spans disciplines, regions and eras. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-05-25
Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN
£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
2024-05-25
Enzo Mari
Sergio Strizzi (1931 – 2004) is considered one of cinematic still photography’s greatest talents. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Estorick Collection
N1 2AN
2024-05-25
Sergio Strizzi: The Perfect Moment
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary
A mini-retrospective of Screenprints that celebrates the collaboration between the artist Peter Hedegaard and his wife Isolde who together produced over 50 editions from 1965 to 1976. (Ends on Sat, 21st Sep)

Rocket
E8 4QS
2024-05-25
Peter Hedegaard | 1960s & 1970s screenprints
See new creative works that unpack narratives of gender, race and imperialism at 66 Portland Place. (Ends on Sat, 21st Sep)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
W1B 1AD
2024-05-25
Raise the Roof
The most wide-ranging exhibition in the UK dedicated to Japanese folk-craft. (Ends on Sun, 22nd Sep)

William Morris Gallery
E17 4PP
2024-05-25
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
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
2024-05-25
Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence
In the largest show of its kind, The Vinyl Factory brings together over 100 artists and musicians – working across mediums including visual arts, music, film and live performance. (Ends on Sat, 28th Sep)

180 Studios
WC2R 1EA
2024-05-25
The Vinyl Factory - Reverb
An exhibition of diaries collected by the artist Dylan Jonas Stone. (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

Maughan Library
WC2A 1LR
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington
Discover an intimate drawing of a sleeping child, the first work by Rembrandt to be added to the British Museum collection for decades. (Ends on Sun, 6th Oct)

British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2024-05-25
New life: Rembrandt and children
This exhibition charts the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day, bringing together more than 150 photographic prints, proofs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives.  (Ends on Sun, 6th Oct)

The King's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
SW1A 1AA
2024-05-25
Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography
Spanning 400 years, this exhibition follows women on their journeys to becoming professional artists.  (Ends on Sun, 13th Oct)

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2024-05-25
Now You See Us: Women Artists in Britain 1520 - 1920
Discover how British artists and writers invaded America and made their mark on iconic superheroes and more. (Ends on Sat, 19th Oct)

Cartoon Museum
W1A 3AE
2024-05-25
Discover the story of the friendships that made modern art (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-05-25
 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
2024-05-25
 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
2024-05-25
Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King
An exhibition of previously unseen 1933–4 photographs by the Viennese, Bauhaus-trained photographer Edith Tudor-Hart. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

Isokon Gallery
NW3 2XD
2024-05-25
Through a Bauhaus Lens: Edith Tudor-Hart and Isokon
An outdoor display of glass artwork by the American artist Dale Chihuly. (Ends on Wed, 30th Oct)

Chelsea Barracks
SW1W 8BG
2024-05-25
Chihuly at Chelsea Barracks
This exhibition shows the decade-to-decade evolution of today’s most iconic brands, including Cadbury’s Milk Tray, Bisto, HP Sauce, Ovaltine and many more. (Ends on Thu, 31st Oct)

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
W11 1QT
2024-05-25
Chronologies: A Visual History of Brand Evolution
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
2024-05-25
Chocolate House Greenwich
This exhibition tells the stories of the ordinary women, trained in the nursing style of Florence Nightingale, who were thrust into the arena of war during D-Day.  (Ends on Sat, 30th Nov)

Florence Nightingale Museum
SE1 7EW
2024-05-25
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
2024-05-25
Women of the RNLI
An exhibition about the brain – the most complex and least understood part of the body – and the journey to map its intricate connections.  (Ends on Sat, 7th Dec)

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2024-05-25
Hello Brain!
Unravel the epic story of birds, discover the secrets to their success and learn some of their surprising and often shocking tactics for survival. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan 2025)

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2024-05-25
Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre
Showcasing over 300 rare prints from 140 photographers, this exhibition is a major presentation of twentieth and twenty-first century photography on loan from the private collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jan 2025)

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum
SW7 2RL
2024-05-25
Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection
This is the first exhibition to celebrate the animals that found their way into the books and homes of Charles Dickens. (Ends on Sun, 12th Jan 2025)

Charles Dickens Museum
WC1N 2LX
2024-05-25
Faithful Companions: Charles Dickens & his Pets
The exhibition is a joyful exploration of the body, drawing on the artist’s experience of becoming disabled as a child.  (Ends on Sun, 12th Jan 2025)

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2024-05-25
Jason and the Adventure of 254