As the country’s kids head back to school and the woolly jumpers sneak back into the wardrobe, it’s time to get the diary out and book some of the fantastic events on offer around the capital. Here’s your guide to the best events and things to do during September 2020 in London.
Things to do this September in London
The Crazy Coqs is back this month with an exciting lineup which includes the Jay Rayner Quartet and Maria Friedman. Book here. Whilst you’re there, you could pop in for some French fare at Brasserie Zedel. It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, and the décor is fabuleux.
The Saatchi Gallery is reopening to the public on 3 September with London Grads Now, a thought-provoking exhibition showcasing works by graduating students from London’s leading fine art schools. These include Royal College of Art, Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, Chelsea College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts and Central Saint Martins. On until 25 September. Book tickets here.
Atelier Picasso at Bastian Gallery will recreate Picasso’s Cannes studio within the gallery, using his treasure trove of objects including furniture, sculptures, ceramics, drawings and prints. Throughout his life, Picasso was a prolific image maker, experimenting and excelling in every medium with which he worked. This installation-style exhibition brings to life the huge variety of Picasso’s oeuvre. From 3 September to 31 October. More information here.
The London Symphony Orchestra autumn season is broadcasting live from St Luke’s Church with four full concerts streamed for free on their YouTube channel. As well as full orchestral concerts, there will be a series of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime and Rush Hour chamber concerts, and LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts, which will have small socially distanced audiences. The LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts will also be streamed live on YouTube. More information here.
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is re-opening on 10 September with its new exhibition Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives. It centres around Hogarth’s famous morality tale A Rake’s Progress, and the eight paintings in the series return to Pitzhanger for the first time in 200 years, A series of works by contemporary artists explore a broader view of society, offering a snapshot of the people and places that give life to the city, from the polarising views expressed on social media to the challenges of retaining outdoor space for the public. Book here.
Take part in free pop-up dance classes this September in Ravenscourt Park with Dance West in the Park. Led by the award-winning team of teachers from DanceWest, you can take part in hip-hop, salsa, contemporary, jive and vintage-themed dance classes. Free but booking essential.
The 18th edition of the London Design Festival returns to the capital this autumn from 12 – 20 September as a symbol of London’s determination to maintain its creative and cultural leadership. More information here.
Celebrate the river Thames and its culture with a programme of river-inspired art, tours and virtual activities this September with a series of digital and socially distanced events during the annual Totally Thames.
The Wigmore Hall is live streaming 100 concerts between 13 September and 22 December. all available for 30 days. Performances include Dame Sarah Connolly, Angela Hewitt, Ian Bostridge, Sir András Schiff, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Roderick Williams, Tasmin Waley-Cohen, Louise Alder and Sir Simon Kenleeyside. Most concerts will be in the presence of a limited and socially distanced audience. The series includes 28 lunchtime concerts to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Emma Rice’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Romantics Anonymous will be performed at Bristol Old Vic and broadcast live to audience’s homes both nationally and globally. The show will be available to stream as a ‘digital tour’ between Tuesday 22 and Saturday 26 September, and tickets are available here.
The mystery surrounding the Havering Hoard has been kept under wraps for longer than intended but now the Museum of London Docklands can confirm that London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard will go on display to the public for the very first time from 11 September. Visitors will have the chance to dig deep and unearth the intriguing mystery of 453 bronze objects, dating between c.900 and c.800 BC. Book your tickets here.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see two of the country’s most outstanding actors perform in the beautiful garden of Sigmund Freud’s final home. Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes will read texts from Professor Freud, Sylvia Pankhurst and William Shakespeare. £170 each for an in person ticket at the Freud Museum. £25 each to watch the live streamed performance. More information here.
Enjoy an Indian summer on board one of London’s GoBoats. Hire a self-drive boat and wander down the Thames towards Hampton Court Palace or sail away in the canalways along Little Venice. Book your one, two or three-hour slots here. You can read more about GoBoat here.
Out of towners
Vache Baroque Festival, a new open-air music venue, will open its doors to the public on 4 September for the first time. The festival pairs Baroque music with a stunning outdoor setting, with picnicking beforehand strongly encouraged. Just a stone’s throw away from London, Vache Baroque is set in the grounds a historic stately home located in the heart of the Chilterns. The festival will be launching this September with two performances of Purcell’s iconic opera, Dido & Aeneas which charts the tragic love story of the pair. Book here.
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