Things to do in London in September 2018

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Events in London in September 2018

The IanVisits guide to Septembers unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Saturday, 1st September

Lambeth’s local history fair is a treat for anyone interested in the history of the area. (Clapham)
2018-09-01
Local fete in Peckham organised by the Friends of the park. (East Dulwich)
2018-09-01
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine. (Tooting)
2018-09-01

Sunday, 2nd September

Boat trips, craft stalls and live music, offering a host of fun both on the water and the towpath. (Islington)
2018-09-02

Join Art-Deco enthusiast Adrian Whittle and see with fresh eyes some of Streatham’s best art deco and modernist buildings  (Streatham)
2018-09-02
The free event is packed full of spectacular kite flying displays and is an opportunity for everyone to go fly a kite. (Streatham)
2018-09-02

A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment. (Southwark)
2018-09-02

Step back in history and visit the terminus building of London's original international airport - in Croydon. (Croydon)
2018-09-02

Occasional open days at Capability Brown's Gatton Park landscaped 600 acres. (Reigate)
2018-09-02

View Henry Tate’s mansion Park Hill (exterior only) and explore the historic garden with its listed garden features. (Streatham)
2018-09-02
Encounter outstanding monumental architecture and final resting places of famous people. (West Norwood)
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Monday, 3rd September

Each year on the anniversary of Cromwell's death, an annual service of commemoration is held by the statue that stands by the Palace of Westminster. (Whitehall)
2018-09-03
An opportunity to hear from London born and bred writer Ben Aaronovitch who wrote the hugely successful, Sunday Times best-selling urban fantasy crime fiction series Rivers of London. (Clerkenwell)
2018-09-03

Launch of a report into boosting philanthropy in London to ensure that those who can, give, while those in need get the support they need. (City of London)
2018-09-03

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Tuesday, 4th September

The annual Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge will take place between London Bridge and Albert Bridge.
2018-09-04
These tours will explore the history and architecture of Lambeth’s gem of Edwardian public architecture and discuss the recent works. (Brixton)
2018-09-04
Celebrate the ghosts and urban legends of the London Bridge, Borough and Bermondsey area with Travis Elborough, George Hoyle, Scott Wood and the London Fortean Society. (Southwark)
2018-09-04

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Wednesday, 5th September

The stories of our poorer ancestors can be even more interesting than our richer ones. (Clerkenwell)
2018-09-05

Jill Finch’s illustrated talk takes us through those momentous days in September 1666 when the Great Fire of London destroyed not just the city but a way of life. (City of London)
2018-09-05

Dr Becky Nesbit will be asking the question “Honeybees or Hairworms – which would you save?” to explore conservation priorities and the nature of “Natural”. (Southwark)
2018-09-05

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Thursday, 6th September

Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext (Camden)
2018-09-06

A talk on the French deportation site Drancy.  (Russell Square)
2018-09-06

Roman expert Dr Simon Elliott explores the levers of power in the Imperial Roman court, and how the women of the Imperial family were able to use them to influence the governance of the Empire. (City of London)
2018-09-06

In this evening session discover how brands such as Spotify, Innocent, Virgin and Google use words to build valuable equity. (Notting Hill)
2018-09-06

A talk about the lives of two of the greatest astronomers of all time, both of whom practiced their craft right here in London.  (Soho)
2018-09-06

History Showoff is a comedy cabaret event all about the past, where a cast of historians, archaeologists, museum folk and comedians try to make sense of the olden days.  (Southwark)
2018-09-06

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Friday, 7th September

A rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library. (Southwark)
2018-09-07
A screening of the film Steamboy directed by Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and director, Katsuhiro Ôtomo.  (Russell Square)
2018-09-07
This session, as part of the Open City Documentary Festival, will explore the relationship between film and architecture with a panel of artists and filmmakers. (Soho)
2018-09-07

The large private garden of the Archbishop of Canterbury is open once a month in the summer. (Southwark)
2018-09-07

Attend a Regency Ball in a historical setting with expert dance tuition from Mrs Bennet’s Ballroom and live Regency music from Fortuna Trio. (City of London)
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Saturday, 8th September

London's lost buildings – from coaching inns and horse markets to riverside mansions and gin palaces – are the focus of a this exhibition. (Clerkenwell)
2018-09-08

Open Day at BRE - visit the eco show homes, their large-scale test facilities, and learn about the development of the Dambusters' Bouncing Bomb
2018-09-08
A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe.
2018-09-08
A wondrous old barn now filled with random heritage clutter -- go for the atmosphere than the objects themselves. (Upminster)
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Sunday, 9th September

Annual country fair held in Wimbledon. (Wimbledon)
2018-09-09

An annual summer event featuring around 170 stands and over 10,000 teddy bears for sale. (Kensington)
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Annual parade to remember those who died serving in the Merchant Navy during wartime. (Tower Hill)
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Monday, 10th September

Join the Royal College of Physicians in their medicinal garden for a series of three afternoons exploring medical plants and herbal remedies. Special lectures, expert garden tour and refreshments included.  (Camden)
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Tuesday, 11th September

How did the ancient village green of Stockwell come to be built over in the Victorian era? (Stockwell)
2018-09-11
What would life on earth look like in 50 million years; long after the extinction of humanity? Join Dougal Dixon in conversation with Darren Naish to mark the return of Dixon’s astonishing speculative-evolution book ‘After Man: A Zoology of the Future’. (Holborn)
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Wednesday, 12th September

In this illustrated talk, Pete Smith introduces some of the many trades to thrive along the Thames, some long defunct and some still thriving. (City of London)
2018-09-12

These tours will explore the history and architecture of Lambeth’s gem of Edwardian public architecture and discuss the recent works. (Brixton)
2018-09-12
Migration from China to Britain started up in the 1800s, but why? And what was life like for those people? (Soho)
2018-09-12

Bob Reeves, who has lived in Herne Hill since 1980 explores the view that the project was primarily for “respectable” working class tenants. (Herne Hill)
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Thursday, 13th September

Author Jon-Jon gives you a detailed look into the amazing world of Tigers!  (Kensington)
2018-09-13

A one woman show will transport you back to the London of The Belle Époque. (Chelsea)
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Friday, 14th September

Broadcaster and Art Historian Janina Ramirez joins Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye and co-curator of the Citi exhibition I object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent.  (Russell Square)
2018-09-14
Discover the fascinating life of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818), wife of George III, in the 200th anniversary year of her death at Kew Palace.  (Richmond)
2018-09-14

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Saturday, 15th September

The Grays Beachcombers will be meeting at Concrete Barges site in Rainham to clear along the Thames beach. (Rainham)
2018-09-15

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Over the course of the day find out about the history of the Port of London, once one of the busiest ports in the world (Southwark)
2018-09-15

All day conference hosted by the Economist on classical liberal values and policies in the 21st century.  (Trafalgar Square)
2018-09-15

An annual celebration of music, dance, arts, cuisine and creativity (Southwark)
2018-09-15
See the ruined remains of the medieval manor house, and the newly restored shepherd's hut. (St Mary Cray)
2018-09-15
Discover the story of the Cathedral Church of Westminster which was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. (Pimlico)
2018-09-15

Discover how the older Elizabeth Fry, gentle Quaker prison reformer, influenced the independent, feisty Florence Nightingale and how both could teach 21st century women a thing or two today. (Southwark)
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Sunday, 16th September

Annual Pearly festival in Guildhall - expect Marching bands. Morris dancers. maypole dancing. donkeys and carts. (City of London)
2018-09-16

See the ruined remains of the medieval manor house, and the newly restored shepherd's hut. (St Mary Cray)
2018-09-16
Discover the story of the Cathedral Church of Westminster which was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. (Pimlico)
2018-09-16

Justin Bengry’s research asks who benefited from commercial interest in homosexuality? And does the pink pound have a history? (Holborn)
2018-09-16

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Monday, 17th September

Join our Curator, Miranda Poliakoff, as she examines the fascinating mixture of architectural styles, from the Tudor to Victorian periods, that are showcased here at Fulham Palace. (Fulham)
2018-09-17

Join journalist and photographer Oliver Wainwright as he charts the evolution of Pyongyang as the showcase capital of the "socialist fairyland" (South Kensington)
2018-09-17

Architectural historian Edmund Bird gives an illustrated review of the architecture and buildings that Lambeth has lost. (Streatham)
2018-09-17
Marietta Crichton Stuart recounts the Chartist movement’s campaign for democracy, its huge petitions and the 1848 rally on Kennington Common.
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Tuesday, 18th September

Her great-grandson Peter Barratt will give an account of Alice’s life, highlighted with illustrations from the impressive collection. (Richmond)
2018-09-18

Jonathan Bate will go on a journey from the Scottish Highlands to a teenage suicide in London to the Geneva of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in search of the origins of Romanticism.  (Barbican)
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Wednesday, 19th September

A tour of Victoria are looking at its recent regeneration. (Victoria)
2018-09-19

A 1.5 hour tour of the graffiti examples right here in Southwark Cathedral led by graffiti researcher Crystal Hollis.  (Southwark)
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Thursday, 20th September

See a live display of Bespoke Shirt making and Hand Embroidery (St James)
2018-09-20
Moor Park Mansion is a Grade I listed Palladian mansion set within over 300 hundred acres in Hertfordshire. (Rickmansworth)
2018-09-20

Come and discover the National Theatre’s archive: a treasure trove of theatre materials from the 1960s to present day. (Southwark)
2018-09-20
A lecture looking at how the design of military uniforms has influenced mainstream clothing design. (Victoria)
2018-09-20

These tours will explore the history and architecture of Lambeth’s gem of Edwardian public architecture and discuss the recent works. (Brixton)
2018-09-20
In this event Elisabeth Gifford will speak about her new book The Good Doctor of Warsaw, which is based on the true story of one of Poland's greatest men, Dr Janusz Korczak. (Russell Square)
2018-09-20

Discover the hidden secrets of the intriguing Kew Palace on an out-of-hours tour. (Richmond)
2018-09-20

Death on the Brighton Road is an account of a recent nine mile journey along the old coach road between Kennington and South Croydon. (Southwark)
2018-09-20

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Saturday, 22nd September

The cemetery runs guided history and heritage walks every month throughout the summer.
2018-09-22

Tours of the the only surviving windmill in inner London (Brixton)
2018-09-22

Encounter outstanding monumental architecture and final resting places of famous people. (West Norwood)
2018-09-22

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Sunday, 23rd September

The Apollo Victoria Theatre are opening their doors to celebrate their history and design. (Pimlico South)
2018-09-23

The vicar of St John's Church will appear before his congregation on a horse in the well established St John's tradition known as Horseman's Sunday. (Paddington)
2018-09-23

Discover the story of the Cathedral Church of Westminster which was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. (Pimlico)
2018-09-23

Following this screening, its producer, Pierre Spengler, will be interviewed on stage about his key part in the making of Superman: the Movie. (Soho)
2018-09-23

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Monday, 24th September

Gothic or 'gaslight' visions of London have remained popular with cinema audiences, providing a fictional and often eerie counterpoint to the growth of the modern city. (Barbican)
2018-09-24
These tours will explore the history and architecture of Lambeth’s gem of Edwardian public architecture and discuss the recent works. (Brixton)
2018-09-24
Discover more about the relationship between chocolate and royalty in this talk from Historic Royal Palaces’s curator, Polly Putnam. (East Molesey)
2018-09-24

A talk by Dr Neil MacGregor on his new publication Living with the Gods: 40,000 Years of Peoples, Objects and Beliefs. (Southwark)
2018-09-24

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Tuesday, 25th September

Talk about Minnie Lansbury -East End Suffragette, socialist, school teacher, champion of the victims of war, and rebel councillor. (Clerkenwell)
2018-09-25

A discussion between Diarmaid MacCulloch and Helena Kennedy QC on the life of Thomas Cromwell who went from being born into poverty to beome the right hand of King of Henry VIII. (Southwark)
2018-09-25

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Thursday, 27th September

This lecture will take a tour of medieval unbelief, showing how and why some medieval people defied the powerful orthodoxies of their day. (Barbican)
2018-09-27
Join author, lecturer and Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky, as she profiles the many fascinating female characters who feature in her new book. (City of London)
2018-09-27

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Saturday, 29th September

A varied day of talks, tours, workshops and interactive fun for all ages and interests.
2018-09-29
Two talks about film making and showing in London. (Clerkenwell)
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Sunday, 30th September

Freemen (and women) of the City of London will take turns to lead sheep across London Bridge. (Southwark)
2018-09-30
This eye-opening study offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for protecting democracy. (Holborn)
2018-09-30