London Events Happening in May 2015

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Wednesday, 27th May

12:00 PMGun salute at the Tower of London (Tower Hill)
F A Gun Salute of 41 rounds will be fired from the Tower of London for the State Opening of Parliament.
6:00 PMThe Next Disruptive Technologies? New Ways to Treat Old Diseases (Barbican)
F This lecture offers a survey of the brilliant new breakthroughs in treatments for heart defects and their implications for medical practice more generally
6:00 PMTown Hall Talks: Battersea's Political Hereos (Battersea)
F B A talk about the individuals from Battersea’s past who have inspired true political and social change.
7:00 PMPoplar Film Club: Drugstore Cowboy (Poplar)
F A topical film, being shown inside a pharmacy.
7:00 PMThe Great Houses of Putney (Putney)
F This illustrated talk by Dorian Gerhold will examine the mansions and villas which were an important feature of Putney from the 15th-19th centuries.

 

Thursday, 28th May

11:00 AMHidden history of Putney Library (Putney)
F B A look behind the scenes at Putney Library, built in 1898-99 and extended 1996-98.
6:00 PMWriting Home: The Development of Decorative Writing Paper
B This talk explores the development and, ultimately, the demise of decorated stationery.
(Cost: £5.95)
7:00 PMLevel Up Human (Euston)
F B A light hearted look at what it means to be human, and what the alternatives might be.
7:45 PM****ing Strange: The Weird and Wonderful World of Animal Sex (City of London)
Menno Schilthuize uncovers the ways the shapes and functions of genitalia have been molded by complex Darwinian struggles.
(Cost: £3)

 

Friday, 29th May

All DayOak Apple Day
F The 355th Oak Apple Day to commemorate the anniversary of the day that King Charles II returned to London from exile overseas
8:30 AMSupporting London's Knowledge Economy (Euston)
F B This free NLA breakfast talk will launch a GVA report into London’s knowledge economy

 

Saturday, 30th May

All DayFree guided walks around London
F The semi-regular TfL funded series of free guided walks around London all weekend
All DayRobot Bodies (Southwark)
F Delve deeper into the world of robots with Keith Piper’s interactive installation.
All DayWalk Every Street In Fitzrovia
B During a truly unique near 10 mile walk you will discover all of Fitzrovia's 110+ streets, mews, courts and other thoroughfares.
(Cost: £36.53)
10:30 AMFrom Mammoth to Mall (Ilford)
F B Find out about Ilford on prehistoric times to the present day.
10:30 AMInside the Catacombs of West Norwood Cemetery (West Norwood)
B A tour of the beautiful memorials and historic catacombs of West Norwood Cemetery.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMRisen from the ashes - Open day at Streatham’s Parish Church (Streatham)
F An opportunity to visit parts of the restored church not normally accessible, such as the Bell Tower and the Crypt.
11:00 AMWalk the Peckham Coal Line (Peckham)
F A walking event along the route of some high-level disused railway sidings.
2:30 PMObscura Day 2015: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (Bow)
B Join Ken, the Cemetery Park Manager for a tour of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
(Cost: £5)

 

Sunday, 31st May

All DayFree guided walks around London
F The semi-regular TfL funded series of free guided walks around London all weekend
All DayRobot Bodies (Southwark)
F Delve deeper into the world of robots with Keith Piper’s interactive installation.
11:00 AMHeavy Horse Show (Enfield)
Enjoy a day of nostalgia and living heritage with up 6 different breeds of heavy horse.
(Cost: £6.50)
1:00 PMOpen Afternoon at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve (Forest Hill)
F Monthly opening of the railway cutting based nature reserve.