London events in September

Your month-by-month guide to the best new events in London

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Say goodbye to summer in style – get out and get stuck into the last of the capital's festivals, pop-up and outdoor shindigs this month.

A few of our September highlights

  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Sep 8 - Sat Sep 20
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  1. Eltham Palace Off Court Rd, SE9 5QE
  2. Sat Sep 13 - Sun Sep 14
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  1. British Museum 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Mon Jan 5
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  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Jan 11
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  1. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Shepherd's Bush Green, W12 8TT
  2. Wed Sep 17
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  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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  1. Wembley Arena Empire Way, HA9 0PA
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Nov 22
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  1. Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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More events for your diary this September

Real Food Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. Typical stalls include Spinach and Agusi with spicy Ghanaian stews; the Meantime Brewing Company with Greenwich-made beers; and Ash Green Organics with seasonal fruit and veg. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders. Whether you're coming to shop or snack, you can

  1. Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Mar 21 - Sun Mar 22
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An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

You’re using your knowledge of the alphabet right now, but there’s no need for us to dwell on it much once we’ve graduated from spelling tests to spellcheck, other than trying to remember whether it’s T for Tango or T for two. The Wellcome Collection clearly doesn’t agree, though, and has taken letters into its own hands; while its main exhibition space gets a multimillion- pound makeover, it’s brightened a long, plain hall with ‘An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Oct 12
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More London Free Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons Theatre Company and

  1. The Scoop at More London The Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Wed Sep 3 - Fri Sep 26
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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1 9QU
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Feb 8
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Urban Food Fest

  • Free

A revolving cast of dozens of food stalls and trucks serve a frankly intimidating variety of global cuisine at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. Jerk chicken, wood-fired oven pizza, pad thai, halloumi souvlaki, sushi, schwarma, fried chicken, burritos – we could go on. And we will, quickly, to make special mention of the deep-fried frogs' legs at Geaux Cajun. Those things are amazing. Organiser Jessica Tucker (who's a City lawyer by day) has ensured that visitors couldn't want

  1. Euro Car Parks 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sat Oct 11
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Appearing Rooms

  • Free

Back for another year (it first appeared in 2007), Jeppe Hein's interactive fountain is a refreshing addition to summer at Southbank Centre; find it outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Walls of water rise and fall randomly to create a series of constantly changing 'rooms', challenging visitors to keep their wits about them if they don't want to get soaked (unless they're kids, of course, in which case the aim will obviously be to get as wet as possible). Making a day of it on the

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Sep 7
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The Alternative London Tour

  • Free

East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sat Dec 20
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Disobedient Objects

  • Free

A selection of objects from the 1980s to now that detail the history of protest and the role these objects played in making change happen. Including woven barriers, political videogames, an inflatable general assembly (a creation by Greta Hansen that brings together and covers a public gathering, a bit like a marquee), experimental activist bicycles and much more.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Feb 1
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This Morning I Woke Up from the Most Amazing Dream...

  • Free

Matisse turned the sort of artwork that children are introduced to while they're still only allowed safety scissors into vibrant masterpieces, as seen by visitors to Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Tate Modern has opened this family gallery to accompany the exhibition to allow visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in a world inspired by the artist's ability to carve into colour. A contemporary collage of new media, light and sound creates a dream-like feel in the space,

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Sep 7
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Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Free

The war was just too big, confided William Kennington after he had completed his masterpiece ‘The Kensingtons at Laventie’ in 1915, one of the first things you’ll see in the ‘Memory’ section of this captivating two-part show. The authorities had hoped that Kennington would make more paintings to rival his pin-sharp, quietly devastating depiction of his unit – knackered, wounded, each soldier caught in a moment of reflection after their march back to billets from the

  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Sun Aug 31 - Sun Mar 8
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See more events in September

August

Fill your diary with a shed-load of scorching events this month including Wilderness, Holi One and Notting Hill Carnival

SEE WHAT'S ON IN AUGUST

September

Say goodbye to summer in style – get out and get stuck into the last of the capital's festivals, pop-up and outdoor shindigs this month

SEE WHAT'S ON IN SEPTEMBER

October

The return of crisp days and cold evenings mean we're on the verge of winter, but that's no excuse to hibernate

SEE WHAT'S ON IN OCTOBER

November

It might be warmer to stay at home, but there's plenty taking place this November to warrant ditching the duvet for a day

SEE WHAT'S ON IN NOVEMBER

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bigsands

Everyone with a Smartphone or Phablet should bookmark Timeout. For Londoners, this is your one-stop shop for non-stop social interest and activities (Tongue-twister). My pick is the Open House opportunities.