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.

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
2024-12-26
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
2024-12-26
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
2024-12-26
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
2024-12-26
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
2024-12-26
Zanele Muholi
Using photographs, maps, panoramas, trade cards, watercolours, and historic documents to explore the theme, this exhibition uncovers London's lost secrets. (Ends on Wed, 5th Feb 2025)

London Metropolitan Archives
EC1R 0HB
2024-12-26
Lost Victorian City
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
2024-12-26
Barbie: The Exhibition
Bringing together around 160 of these works by more than 80 artists, this exhibition explores how drawing became central to every stage of the creative process. (Ends on Sun, 9th Mar 2025)

The King's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
SW1A 1AA
2024-12-26
Drawing the Italian Renaissance
The National Gallery celebrates the first public display in a decade, following conservation, of a masterpiece of Italian Mannerism, Parmigianino’s Madonna and Child with Saints (Ends on Sun, 9th Mar 2025)

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2024-12-26
Parmigianino: The Vision of Saint Jerome
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
2024-12-26
The Future of Money