London Events Happening in September 2014

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, 24th Sep

2:00 PMPolicing the River Thames
F B Rob Jeffries, retired Police Officer and Curator of the Thames River Police Museum, will speak about the history of the service.
6:00 PMGates to Egypt: Mapping Fantastical Worlds
F B A talk about the spaces in which Egypt has entered London and offer ways of physically and virtually connecting Egypt to London.
6:30 PMFrom Q to M - Three centuries of typewriter art
B Join Barrie Tullet as he guides us through three centuries of typewriter art and special guest Keira Rathbone who will be live typing.
(Cost: £15)
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.
7:00 PMThe End of Authenticity: Art in the age of perfect replication (Whitechapel)
B What happens to notions of originality and uniqueness in artworks, as the advance of 3D printing brings us closer to an era of perfect replication?
(Cost: £10)


Thursday, 25th Sep

2:00 PM Talk and book launch: Maps: their untold stories (Richmond)
F B Hear from the authors as they explain who made these maps, why they were made and what they tell us about the politics of the time.
5:30 PMFirst World War series: Veiled warriors: allied nurses of the first world war (Harley Street)
F B Christine Hallett introduces her new book, which delves behind the romantic myths of First World War nursing.
6:30 PMBehind the Scenes at the Horniman - Tour of the Horniman Offsite Store (Forest Hill)
B Visitors will be taken on a tour of the stores by specialist staff who will pick out highlights from the collections.
(Cost: £10)
7:30 PMFrom Zeppelin Nights to Bomber's Moon: London Under Fire in Two World Wars (Clapton)
F B A talk by two wartime era book authors.


Friday, 26th Sep

6:30 PMLive Debate: Are Cities Good for Us? (Barbican)
B Panel discuss the various lures and perils of urban life,the rise of mega-cities, and the nature of city living.
(Cost: £11.50)


Saturday, 27th Sep

All DayWalk London
F A weekend of free guided walks all around the city. Most are turn up on the day -- some need booking.
10:00 AMHistory Tours at ZSL London Zoo (Camden)
B Visitors to ZSL London Zoo are invited to take a step back in time and embark on a historical tour of the world’s oldest scientific Zoo.
(Cost: From £21.59 (includes entry to London Zoo))
12:30 PMThe Great River Race
F Around 300 boats race from Millwall to Ham along the Thames.


Sunday, 28th Sep

All DayWalk London
F A weekend of free guided walks all around the city. Most are turn up on the day -- some need booking.
10:00 AM Local History Fair (Dartford)
F Twelve local societies will be ready and willing to talk to visitors about their particular interests
10:30 AMCrossness Engines Sewage Metropolis Steampunk Convivial (Abbey Wood)
B Get your Victoriana on in this celebration of the wacky and wonderful world of steampunk set in the awe-inspiring Crossness Pumping Station.
(Cost: £8)
10:30 AMKempton Classic Car and Bike Show (Feltham)
More than 50 magnificent pre- and post-war vehicles on display at the steam engine museum.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMCoalhouse Fort Open Day (Tilbury)
Occasional open day at the riverside military fort.
(Cost: £4)
1:00 PMThe London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Costermongers Harvest Festival Parade Service (Bishopsgate)
F Annual display and festival of the Pearly Monarchs in the Guildhall courtyard.


Monday, 29th Sep

6:00 PMSleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Barbican)
F This lecture explores new ways of understanding the crisis that brought war to Europe in the summer of 1914


Tuesday, 30th Sep

6:30 PM2014 Stirling Prize Stories (Regent Street)
B The architects shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 come together to reveal the stories behind their buildings
(Cost: £12)
6:30 PMDesigning the New Routemaster (Covent Garden)
B Stuart Wood, Head of Innovation at Heatherwick Studio, led the team that designed the bus and reveals the thinking behind the design decisions.
(Cost: £10)