Things to do in London in September 2020

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The ianVisits guide to September's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Tuesday 1st September


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 This lecture will trace the development of country houses on the South Downs (many of which still survive and are accessible to the public) during their golden age.
 6:30pm to :
 
Country Houses and their settings on the South Downs c.1680-1840: their golden age

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Wednesday 2nd September


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The most expensive square on the British Monopoly board for good reason. Hear the scandalous stories hidden behind these grand addresses
 7pm to 8pm
 
Scandalous Mayfair virtual tour

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Thursday 3rd September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Friday 4th September


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This talk examines these incredibly audacious missions that wrecked Nazi plans for an atom bomb.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Audacious raids: Operations Grouse, Freshman, Swallow & Gunnerside

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Saturday 5th September

Walks start with a short introduction from Dr. Fiona Haughey followed by a 1hr walk
clock 9:20am to 12pm
 
Cousin Lane Foreshore Archaeological Walk
Chelsea Kayak Club is the only London club specialising in Sea Kayaking - join in at their club taster session to experience it for yourself.
clock 11am to 12pm
 
location Chiswick
Sea Kayaking taster sessions
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Tooting

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Sunday 6th September

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
clock All Day
 
location Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Chelsea Kayak Club is the only London club specialising in Sea Kayaking - join in at their club taster session to experience it for yourself.
clock 11am to 12pm
 
location Chiswick
Sea Kayaking taster sessions
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Southwark
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
clock 1pm to 5pm
 
location Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day

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Monday 7th September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 8th September


Online events / webinars

Join author and actuary Chris Lewin for an exposition on the early history of pensions.
 2pm to 3pm
 
The Early History of Pensions

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Wednesday 9th September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Thursday 10th September

£15.00 Octavia Hill
Come into the Victorian living room of Thomas and Jane Carlyle to hear the historian Gillian Darley discuss the life of Octavia Hill.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Chelsea
Octavia Hill

Online events / webinars

Join Professor Pier Luigi Dragotti for Science Breaks: When art meets science - the algorithms that revealed Leonardo’s hidden drawings
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
 

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Friday 11th September

Free Ring Out
This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Victoria Dock
Ring Out
As dusk turns to darkness, follow a trail through a transformed riverside park landscape in Silvertown, a place with many historic connections with fire.
clock 8pm to 10pm
 
location Victoria Dock
Fire Garden

Online events / webinars

Based on the book Classics of American Architecture: The World Trade Center, this lecture reviews the story of the Trade Center.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 

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Saturday 12th September

A guided walk along the River Roding, detouring into the tidal marshlands, to emerge into the strange world of the redeveloped Beckton Gas Works.
clock 10:30am to 2:30pm
 
location Barking
Roding Valley Watery Commons
Free Ring Out
This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Victoria Dock
Ring Out
As dusk turns to darkness, follow a trail through a transformed riverside park landscape in Silvertown, a place with many historic connections with fire.
clock 8pm to 10pm
 
location Victoria Dock
Fire Garden

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Sunday 13th September

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Cobham
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill

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Monday 14th September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 15th September


Online events / webinars

The story of the Mayflower is usually presented as a tale of persecuted Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic in circumstances of grave adversity to inhabit a desolate wilderness. There is another perspective.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The Mayflower: A London – Leiden Adventure

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Wednesday 16th September

This Autumn Southwark Cathedral invites all amateur and professional photographers to spend an atmospheric two hours taking photos of the Cathedral lit by candlelight.
clock 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
location Southwark
Candlelit Photography Evening

Online events / webinars

New research allows us to understand the role of property owning at the heart of the story of the Boleyn family.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Tudor Ambition: Houses of the Boleyn Family

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Thursday 17th September


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A talk about the early years of BBC radio.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Radio in the 78 Era (1920–1948)

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Friday 18th September

Although open daily, the Supreme Court also has a number of special open days with events and tours through the year.
clock 9:30am to 4:30pm
 
location Pimlico
Open Day at the Supreme Court

Online events / webinars

Using unique archive items, this talk seeks to tell the important story of some of the clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police and the covert methods of communication that had to be relied upon.
 2pm to 3pm
 
What's Online: Out in the City - Queer Club culture in London, 1918–1967

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Saturday 19th September

A foreshore walk exploring London's illustrious shipbuilding past as well as the site of a possible ancient murder and where pottery dating to c3500 BC has been recovered forming one large vessel.
clock 9am to 11:45am
 
location Rotherhithe
Bermondsey Foreshore Archaeological Walk
Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
clock Starts at 1:15pm
 
location Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours
Complete with a musical finale with a song that was once heard in many music halls up and down the land, join Sheldon from the Cemetery Club to discover a real gem of London's heritage
clock 1:30pm to 3pm
 
location Barnes
Graves in the Wood: The Abandoned Beauty of Barnes Cemetery

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Sunday 20th September

Every conceivable vehicle and pieces of apparatus used in the emergency services will grace the Museum site in an impressive line-up of display vehicles.
clock 9:30am to 5pm
 
location Weybridge
Emergency Services Day
Come and see for yourself Hammersmith’s changing waterfront which gives an intriguing glimpse into life over the past few centuries on and by the Thames.
clock 12pm to 2pm
 
location Hammersmith
Hammersmith Foreshore Archaeological Walk

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Monday 21st September


Online events / webinars

In this lecture, a team of Shakespeare scholars will look at the challenges and opportunities of teaching, editing and staging Shakespeare in our current ‘age of offence’.
 5:30pm to 7pm
 
Offensive Shakespeare

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Tuesday 22nd September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Wednesday 23rd September


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In this lecture Professor Andrew Coates will discuss the search for life beyond Earth on our closest target, using the Rosalind Franklin rover.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Looking for Life On Mars
England’s Catholic Reformation is the reformation that sixteenth-century England nearly had: a reformed and renewed English Catholic Church, its new schools and revived parishes matched with a firm smack of discipline.
 6pm to 7pm
 
England’s Catholic Reformation

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Thursday 24th September


Online events / webinars

Alison Jackson, BAFTA and multi award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker talks about how in today's world, so saturated by different types of media, we can’t distinguish between the real and the fake anymore.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 

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Friday 25th September

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 26th September

A two-day celebration of tabletop gaming. See and play the latest releases from the makers of KeyForge, X-Wing, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Kingdomino, Sushi Go!, Catan and much more.
clock 9am to 6pm
 
location Wood Green
Tabletop Gaming Live
Southwark Cathedral hosts a day of talks focusing on the Tudor Queens who shaped the history of modern Britain.
clock 10am to 4:30pm
 
location Southwark
Tudor Queens: The Hearts and Stomachs of Kings - A Day of Talks
A walking tour like no other! An opportunity to explore a genuine working shipyard.
clock 11am to 12pm
 
location Southwark
The Golden Hinde Shipyard
Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
clock 1pm to 4pm
 
location Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve

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Sunday 27th September

A two-day celebration of tabletop gaming. See and play the latest releases from the makers of KeyForge, X-Wing, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Kingdomino, Sushi Go!, Catan and much more.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Wood Green
Tabletop Gaming Live
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
A walking tour like no other! An opportunity to explore a genuine working shipyard.
clock 11am to 12pm
 
location Southwark
The Golden Hinde Shipyard
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
clock 2pm to 4:30pm
 
location Hackney
Nightingale's partnership with Sidney Herbert was the most important of her life, thus an inevitable target for innuendo...
clock 2pm to 3pm
 
location Southwark
A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts
Come and explore the secret world of the London Thames with archaeologist, Dr Fiona Haughey – visible beneath your feet but hidden from view at high water.
clock 4pm to 6:30pm
 
location Southwark
Bankside Foreshore Archaeological Walk

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Monday 28th September


Online events / webinars

In which years does February have five Sundays? How many right-angled triangles with whole-number sides have a side of length 29?
 4:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Number Theory: Queen of Mathematics
This illustrated lecture will cover Newton’s life and his mathematical and scientific labours in the context of 17th-century England
 6pm to 7pm
 
The World of Isaac Newton

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Tuesday 29th September


Online events / webinars

In examining the legacy of this conflict, Professor Nice will consider documents newly-released by the UK and US governments.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Srebrenica: the New Evidence
In this illustrated talk, Antony will examine these main characters and recreate the atmosphere of the pubs, clubs and music halls of the time and examine the underworld of drug-taking, pornography, prostitution and the occult.
 6:30pm to 7:45pm
 
Decadent London - with Antony Clayton

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Wednesday 30th September


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This lecture summarises Roger’s insights from his own experience as a clinician, his decades-long collaborations with extraordinary experts, and his Gresham Lecture series.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery

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Thursday 1st October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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