Where did the summer go? We had our summer back in June when it reached 30 degrees for about three weeks, and then the rest of July and August looked more like February. We now hit September, and the weather only gets worse, but that doesn’t mean it should dampen your spirits! It’s still warm enough to enjoy an array of outdoor activities in London, and if it rains, there’s also Open House London and London Design Festival. And don’t forget there’s the month-long Totally Thames festival!
Totally Thames Festival
Returning for another year, the Totally Thames festival graces the banks of the River Thames this September. Bigger than previous years, the celebration will take place across the whole of the month and is one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about.
Open House London
The annual Open House London weekend gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital’s biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free. This is your chance to explore a bit of hidden London and have a poke around some of London’s best buildings – but it’s not just about being nosy, there are also loads of walks and tours to bring the buildings alive.
Hitch a ride on the Post Office’s abandoned subterranean railway. The underground 6.5 mile ‘Mail Rail’ once shuttled post between Whitechapel and Paddington, until it shut in 2003 after 80 years. Once considered so clandestine it was used to stash the Rosetta Stone during the First World War, now the disused tunnels have been revamped and everyone from transport geeks to postal buff can experience them.
London Design Festival
The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, includes hundreds of exhibits and has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. It’s the perfect chance to explore craft and design at its very best. With some mighty London museums at the helm and loads of events in ‘design districts’ across town, where do you start?
Queer British Art
2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. This show charts the preceding century: a hundred years of queer artists either making deeply personal work (about lives led in necessary secrecy) or avowedly political statements. Duncan Grant, John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney are among those on display.
The Beavertown Extravaganza
Over 65 of the world’s greatest brewers (including London favourites) gather for The Beavertown Extravaganza – a two-day festival of beer, talks and tips. Merch, food and beer shop all available on-site too. Ticket includes all beers.
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?
The Wellcome will cast an eye over the relationship between graphic design and health in this autumn season show, which will count cautionary posters and neon pharmacy signs among its exhibits.
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics
This exhibition will take a sweeping look at the history of opera, from its roots in Renaissance Italy to its present-day form. Conceptually arranged around seven different operatic premieres as case studies, works like Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ and Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ will be explored in detail. One for fans and the unconverted alike.
Credit: Featured image – courtesy of Totally Thames.