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London events in September

The best events, things to do, cultural happenings, festivals and other great stuff in London in September 2019

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September in London isn't just the damp end of summer. The sun is still out so there's still time to enjoy London's great outdoors, have a peep in the city's secret green spaces, feast in London's best restaurants and enjoy the last days of London's rooftop bars. September in London is also the month of the Totally Thames festival, the annual London Design FestivalOpen House London weekend when over 800 London buildings are opened to the public, the Pearly Kings and Queen's Harvest FestivalLondon Fashion Week Festival and plenty of live music from OnBlackheath

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Our September 2019 highlights

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© The State Tretyakov Gallery
Art

Natalia Goncharova

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside
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In her lifetime, Russian artist Natalia Goncharova helped found avant garde modern art movements and worked with Sergei Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. This exhibition should help to resurrect her reputation as a major artist you should know about.

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Things to do, Late openings

Emerge Festival

icon-location-pin Various venues, London
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A two-day festival of after-hours parties and performances in London's museums. Go see how many ‘lates’ you can make in one night. 

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David Shrigley 'Hello There' (2012) Video still. Image courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery © The artist
Art

‘Dog Show’

icon-location-pin Southwark Park Galleries, Bermondsey
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Contem-paw-ary art chosen by cultured canines. Hounds down, this show is the shih-tzu and it’ll make you want to raise a glass to the world’s best bitches.

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William Blake 'Newton' (1795 – c.1805) © Tate
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William Blake: ‘The Artist’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank
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A major retrospective of Blake's idiosyncratic artworks. The man who wrote 'The Tyger' truly was one of a kind and his art is filled with beauty, mystery and fear. See it whilst you can. 

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Brixton Design Trail 2017: The Silent Arch, Bharat and Jean
Brixton Design Trail 2017: The Silent Arch, Bharat and Jean
Things to do, Festivals

London Design Festival

The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, features tons of events, includes hundreds of exhibits. It has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. 

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Chihuly Nights Kew Gardens
Photograph: Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly
Things to do, Late openings

Chihuly Nights

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew
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The stunning glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly (the man behind the giant chandelier in the V&A’s entrance hall) have been exploding out of Kew Gardens’ glorious foliage since April. Now see them sparkle as they’re lit-up after dark at these special lates.

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Félix Vallotton 'The Bathing on a Summer Evening' (1892-93) Kunsthaus Zürich, Gottfried Keller Foundation, Federal Office of Culture, Berne, 1965
Art

Félix Vallotton

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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A show dedicated to Swiss-French artist Félix Vallotton‘s paintings and woodcuts (he was very into those). Heavily inspired by Japanese artworks, Vallotton's pictures look a lot more modern than their date stamps suggest. 

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Bevis Marks Synangogue
Andy Parsons
Things to do, Walks and tours

The Spitalfields Journey

icon-location-pin Dennis Severs’ House, Spitalfields
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An evening tour of east London’s Bevis Marks Synagogue and Denis Severs’ House. To snoop around a Huguenot home by candlelight. 

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Karen Knorr Olivier Richon, Punks, 1977. © Karen Knorr Olivier Richon. Courtesy of the Artist.
Art

‘New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976 – 1995’

icon-location-pin Sprüth Magers, Mayfair
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British art for British times: it’s all about culture in the era of New Order. You’ve seen most of it before, but hits are still hits.

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Evita, Regent's Park Theatre, 2019
© Marc Brenner
Theatre, Outdoor theatres

‘Evita’

icon-location-pin Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park
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This is ‘Evita’ 2.0, a swaggering reboot of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. It’s got a confetti cannon that brings plenty of fun and it’s not afraid to use it. 

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Olafur Eliasson 'Your uncertain shadow' (2010) © Olafur Eliasson
Art

Olafur Eliasson: ‘In Real Life’

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside
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Awe-inspiring installations based on nature, light and the elements. It’ll scare you, elate you and make you recycle. It’s epic environmentalism at its finest and it is sublime.

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Helene Schjerfbeck 'The Sailor (Einar Reuter)' (1918) Private collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen
Art

Helene Schjerfbeck

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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A crash course intro to one of Finland's most famous painters. The gloriously ghoulish late self-portraits prove that the best can come last. 

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The Great River Race
Andres Arias Mesa
Things to do

Totally Thames

The Totally Thames festival is an annual celebration of the River Thames, which graces the banks of our much-loved waterway in September. Dive into a month-long party full of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities.

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© Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.
Art

Cindy Sherman

icon-location-pin National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross Road
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Self-portraits through the ages by a serious contemporary giant. This is angry, cynical art, and it's pretty damn great.

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Magic Mike Live
© Jerry Metellus Photography Inc.
Theatre, Comedy

‘Magic Mike Live’

icon-location-pin Hippodrome Live, Charing Cross Road
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This spin-off from the beloved stripper comedy that made Channing Tatum a household name is co-directed by the man himself (alongside choreographer Alison Faulk). It’s billed as ‘a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular’, which we're guessing means ‘stripping’.

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Helene Schjerfbeck, 'Self-Portrait, Black Background' (1915)Herman and Elisabeth Hallonblad Collection. Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum; photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis
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Helene Schjerfbeck

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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Helene Schjerbeck might not be that well known outside her native Finland, but her paintings cry out for greater recognition.
Schjerbeck skipped lightly between different artistic trends and traditions, creating stunning self-portraits and many intimate images of her female friends and relatives. 

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Mark Leckey 'Made in ‘Eaven' (2004) Tate © Mark Leckey
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Mark Leckey

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Millbank
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New art from the Turner Prize winner. We know a sum total of zilch about this latest work, but his previous output has been about everything from dance subcultures to semi-invented memories.

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copyright the artist, courtesy the artist and massimo de carlo
Art, Contemporary art

Jamian Juliano-Villani

icon-location-pin Massimo De Carlo, Mayfair
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Ludicrous stupid, over-the-top paintings of weird stuff. Oh, and a dildo machine. It's as good as it is dumb, and it's seriously dumb. 

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Dear, can I give you a hand?’ (2018) Image courtesy of the artist.
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Wong Ping: ‘Heart Digger’

icon-location-pin Camden Arts Centre, Finchley Road
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Violent, crude, but brilliantly written animated videos. It's a nasty, nasty show, but that's why it's so good. 

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The Moon taken by Royal Observatory Greenwich's AMAT telescope © National Maritime Museum, London
Art

‘The Moon’

icon-location-pin National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
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Room after gorgeous room looking at the big ball of cheese in the sky. Space is endlessly fascinating, and this makes the moon feel tantalisingly close.

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Jeff Wall 'Parent Child' (2018) © Jeff Wall
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Jeff Wall

icon-location-pin White Cube Mason's Yard, St James’s
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Perfectly staged photographs with all the complexity of a movie. There are countless stories to get lost in here.

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