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 exhibition of photos and artwork inspired by the brutalist appearance of the National Theatre. (Ends on Sat, 31st Aug)

The National Theatre
SE1 9PX
2024-08-30
Abstractions: Studies from the National Theatre
Degas’s 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando' takes centre stage in this exhibition that sheds light on this work with newly discovered information about the painting and its sitter. (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-08-30
Discover Degas & Miss La La
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Shakespeare and War
Somerset House presents the first exhibition on international fashion powerhouse Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, which celebrates 10 years of club to catwalk in 2024.  (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2024-08-30
The Lore of LOVERBOY
Explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 1st Sep)

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Princess Diana: Accredited Access Photography Exhibition
This exhibition examines the lives, careers and artists exhibited by art dealers who were driven out of Continental Europe by Nazi rule to seek refuge in Britain. (Ends on Fri, 6th Sep)

Ben Uri Gallery
NW8 0RH
2024-08-30
Cosmopolis: Émigré Art Dealers in 20th Century Britain
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Anne Desmet: Kaleidoscope
Beyond Fashion showcases the work of acclaimed fashion photographers from around the world. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2024-08-30
Beyond Fashion
Japan’s leading creators share inspirational design that spans disciplines, regions and eras. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

Japan House London
W8 5SA
2024-08-30
Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN
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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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Sergio Strizzi: The Perfect Moment
Tudor paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger and contemporary photography by Hiroshi Sugimoto meet in the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition of historic portraiture since reopening. (Ends on Sun, 8th Sep)

National Portrait Gallery
WC2H 0HE
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Patric Prince: Digital Art Visionary
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
The Vinyl Factory - Reverb
An exhibition of diaries collected by the artist Dylan Jonas Stone. (Ends on Sun, 29th Sep)

Maughan Library
WC2A 1LR
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
London-based multidisciplinary artist Carey Bennett depicts vivid recollections of everyday brands through the method of screen-printing. (Ends on Sat, 19th Oct)

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
W11 1QT
2024-08-30
Memory and Remedy
Discover the story of the friendships that made modern art (Ends on Sun, 20th Oct)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-08-30
 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
2024-08-30
 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
2024-08-30
Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King
This exhibition reveals how Turner grappled with the effects of the industrial revolution on the landscape and captured environmental and social developments that would go on to change Britain and the world‘s climates forever. (Ends on Sun, 27th Oct)

Turners House
TW1 2LR
2024-08-30
A World of Care: Turner and the Environment
An outdoor display of glass artwork by the American artist Dale Chihuly. (Ends on Wed, 30th Oct)

Chelsea Barracks
SW1W 8BG
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Hello Brain!
An exhibition exploring 140 years of social history in East London. (Ends on Fri, 20th Dec)

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2024-08-30
History House 140
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
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
2024-08-30
Jason and the Adventure of 254
Over 300 photographs will be brought together to present the breadth of Muholi’s career to date, from their very first body of work to their latest and on-going series. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jan 2025)

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2024-08-30
Zanele Muholi
Journey into the Barbie universe and discover over 250 remarkable objects, with rare, unique and innovative dolls dating from 1959 to the present day. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Feb 2025)

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2024-08-30
Barbie: The Exhibition
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
2024-08-30
The Future of Money