London events in September

The best events, things to do, cultural happenings, festivals and other great stuff in London in September 2018
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By Alexandra Sims |
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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 2018 highlights

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Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers exhibition
Things to do, Exhibitions

Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers

icon-location-pin Ladbroke Grove
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What is it? Time Out is 50 this year. To celebrate our big birthday, we’ve teamed up with the Museum of Brands in Ladbroke Grove to put together an exhibition of our best ever magazine covers.
Why go? To check out cover stars like David Bowie, Elton John (who guest edited Time Out in 2004) and designs by Tracey Emin, Banksy and Gorillaz mastermind Jamie Hewlett. 

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Theatre, Shakespeare

‘King Lear’

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
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What is it? Ian McKellen takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s cracked tragedy of madness and old age for the second time.
Why go? To see a hypnotic McKellen as the bullying monarch. 

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Ben Miles, Adam  Godley  and Simon Russell Beale inThe Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre
Theatre, Drama

‘The Lehman Trilogy’

icon-location-pin South Bank
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What is it? Sam Mendes’s epic three-actor play that charts the story of the Lehman brothers and the institutions that would go on to bear their names.
Why go? Did we mention the three actors are Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley? 

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Erdinger Oktoberfest
Things to do, Food and drink events

Erdinger Oktoberfest

icon-location-pin Stratford
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What is it? Feel the Bavarian vibes at the party where the weissbier will be flowing in a beer tent big enough to accommodate 3,000 people. 
Why go? If you can’t afford flights to Germany for their famous shindig. 

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Museums

‘I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent’

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury
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What is it? Discover the ways objects have been used to mock, cajole and undermine systems of power throughout history.
Why go? From ancient Mesopotamia to modern Brexitotamia, get ready for a bucket load of dissent and satire. 

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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

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. 

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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.

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Copyright Martine Syms, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London Photography: Robert Glowacki
Art

Martine Syms: ‘Grand Calme ’

icon-location-pin Soho
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What is it? A journey into a young American artist's cybernetic neuroses. 
Why go? If nothing else, it's nice to know you're not alone in your freakouts. 

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'CRXSSPLATFXRM' is on as part of Dance Umbrella 2018
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Dance Umbrella 2018

icon-location-pin London
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What is it? A vibrant, varied and brilliantly exciting dance festival with a line up of shows staged all over London.
Why go? It turns 40 this year and it's sexier and flexier than ever. 

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David LaChapelle 'An illuminating path' (1998) Courtesy of the artist
Art

‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’

icon-location-pin Leicester Square
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What is it? Art inspired by the King of Pop.
Why go? it's about so much more than just MJ, and it's brilliantly put together.

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© Andrea Levy
Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land’

icon-location-pin Euston
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What is it? Marking 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants from the Caribbean to London, this exhibition explores why people came to the UK, what they left behind and how they have shaped Britain.
Why go? Listen to jazz and calypso, hear personal reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS and see manuscripts of Benjamin Zephaniah's poem ‘What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us’. 

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Sky Light Preview Night
Casey Gutteridge
Things to do, pop-ups

HarvestFest at Skylight

icon-location-pin Wapping
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What is it? Skylight – the rooftop playground at Tobacco Dock – is putting on its first autumnal-themed shindig.
Why go? Across three floors there’ll be Haybale Skittles and Pumpkin Draughts, warming street food and a cocktail menu filled with harvest ingredients. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Picturing Forgotten London

icon-location-pin Clerkenwell
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What is it? An exhibition telling the story of London’s forgotten buildings.
Why go? To check out long-gone landmarks, vanished streets and neighbourhoods that are no more. 

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Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray. Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’

icon-location-pin Brompton
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What is it? The V&A’s new exhibition of over 200 Frida-related items goes some way to explaining the allure underpinning Frida fandom.
Why go? The displays feel intensely personal and explain the power of Kahlo as an artist and woman. 

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Image courtesy of the artist and Goldsmiths CCA.
Art, Contemporary art

Mika Rottenberg

icon-location-pin New Cross
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What is it? Films and installations about the economy and stuff. 
Why go? Rottenberg is funny, confrontational and totally brilliant. 

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Art

Doris Salcedo

icon-location-pin The Borough
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What is it? The Columbian artist's monument to all those who have drowned in the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas while attempting to migrate to a new country for a better life.
Why go? This is one powerful and moving piece of art. 

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© Nick Turpin
Things to do, Exhibitions

‘London Nights’

icon-location-pin Smithfield
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What is it? This show covers more than 100 years of photographers exploring the nighttime capital.
Why go? To see London's nocturnal alter ego in all its glory. 

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Art, Contemporary art

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: ‘Earwitness Theatre’

icon-location-pin Mile End
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What is it? This politically focused work uses sound and witness testimony to advocate for human rights and fight injustice.
Why go? This is overwhelming, angry, passionate art in a time when probably need it more than ever. 

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Heidi Bucher 'Kleines Glasportal, Bellevue Kreuzlingen' (1988) © Estate of Heidi Bucher . Installation views at Art Basel Unlimited, 2016. Photography by Robert Glowacki, image courtesy of The Approach, London
Art

Heidi Bucher

icon-location-pin Hoxton
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What is it? Latex impressions of intimate spaces by the late Swiss artist. 
Why go? Bucher's art is ghostly, haunting and pretty damn gorgeous. 

 

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Rachel Maclean 'Feed Me' (2015) © the artist. Image courtesy of Science Gallery
Museums

‘Hooked’

icon-location-pin London Bridge
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What is it? London's brand new Science Gallery opens its doors with a show looking at addiction and getting better.
Why go? It's casting the net far and wide, looking at everything we're 'hooked' on from hard drugs to iPhones.

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© Getty Quentin Martinez
Museums

Life in the Dark

icon-location-pin Brompton
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What is it? Find out what deep sea fish, moles, moths and crocodiles and plenty of other critters get up to in the shadows. Why go? For an expose on nocturnal animal lives. 

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© Anish Kapoor/DACS 2018
Art

‘Space Shifters’

icon-location-pin South Bank
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What is it? The Hayward Gallery close their 50th anniversary year with a major exhibition of sculptures large and small that will make you go: wooooaaaaaaahhhh..... and then probably stumble around a bit.
Why go? To see works that distort the hell out if space.  

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© Elmgreen & Dragset. Image courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery
Art

Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

icon-location-pin Whitechapel
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What is it? Now-iconic duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have been creating discombobulating sculptures and installations since 1995.
Why go? Expect to have some seriously surreal explorations of social and sexual power dynamics rammed into yor eyes. 

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© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Art

‘Courtauld Impressionists’

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Square
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What is it? Impressionist paintings from the currently-being-refurbed Courtauld. 
Why go? These are genuinely some of the greatest paintings in history. Don't be silly. 

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Centro Botín, 2017 Photo © Enrico Cano
Art, Architecture

‘Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings’

icon-location-pin Mayfair
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What is it? An intimate peek into the mind of one of our era's great architects. 
Why go? It's a calm, academic, passionate show about the power of design. 

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© Christian Marclay. Image Courtesy of White Cube and Paul Cooper Gallery
Art

Christian Marclay: ‘The Clock’

icon-location-pin South Bank
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What is it? The long awaited return of Christian Marclay's landmark film - an epic 24-hour collage of clocks and timepieces from movie history. 
Why go? This is art that's worth making time for. 

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Jusepe de Ribera, 'St Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women'. Copyright Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. Photo: The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.
Art

Ribera: ‘Art of Violence’

icon-location-pin Dulwich Village
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What is it? Shocking art from Spanish Baroque painter Jusepe de Ribera.
Why go? To look beyound the violence and cruelty and ’challenge’ yourself to consider his artistic and religious engagement in the depiction suffering. 

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Winterfell, Westeroscraft - © Minecraft
Museums

‘Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt’

icon-location-pin Brompton
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What is it? This whole exhibition is about the exceptional artwork and animation, player communities and political conversations that define this era of gaming.
Why go? If you think video games are just for lonely, sweaty nerds in dark bedrooms this will blow your mind. 

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