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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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By Alexandra Sims |

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

© The State Tretyakov Gallery

Natalia Goncharova

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank

What is it? In her lifetime, Russian artist Natalia Goncharova helped found avant garde modern art movements and worked with Sergei Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes.
Why go? This exhibition should help to resurrect her reputation as a major artist you should know about.

William Blake 'Newton' (1795 – c.1805) © Tate

William Blake: ‘The Artist’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster

What is it? A major retrospective of Blake's idiosyncratic artworks.
Why go? 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. 

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

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

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

Félix Vallotton

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair

What is it? A show dedicated to Swiss-French artist Félix Vallotton‘s paintings and woodcuts (he was very into those). Why go? Heavily inspired by Japanese artworks, Vallotton's pictures look a lot more modern than their date stamps suggest. 

The Great River Race
Andres Arias Mesa
Things to do

Totally Thames

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

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

‘Magic Mike Live’

icon-location-pin Hippodrome Live, Covent Garden

What is it? 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).
Why go? It’s billed as ‘a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular’, which we're guessing means ‘stripping’.

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

Helene Schjerfbeck

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair

What is it? Helene Schjerbeck might not be that well known outside her native Finland, but her paintings cry out for greater recognition.
Why go? Schjerbeck skipped lightly between different artistic trends and traditions, creating stunning self-portraits and many intimate images of her female friends and relatives. 

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

Mark Leckey

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster

What is it? New art from the Turner Prize winner.
Why go? 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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