Head to the river for Totally Thames, a month long festival
Although summer is technically over, we all know September is usually one of the nicest and warmest months of the year. A lot of the tourists depart, so it’s not quite as busy. Although the nights are starting to get darker, they’re often still pretty balmy. Here’s a guide to what’s on in London this September.
For a guide to London’s pop-up cinemas, click here.
- 1 – 10 September : Cue For Change
Play in a pool tournament and raise money for charity. Hix City will also be hosting a pop-up restaurant serving £5 food and drink. The tournament will take place daily between 12.30-2.30pm, while the pool tables will be available to play on outside of these hours. Devonshire Square, EC2M. Nearest station: Liverpool Street, Aldgate or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the Devonshire Square website. For more information, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the tournament.
- 1 – 30 September : Totally Thames
Totally Thames is a month-long celebration of our city’s main waterway. Among the many activities taking place are the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival (12-13 Sept), The Great River Race (12 Sept), walks, live music, theatre and many more activities. For more information, visit the Totally Thames website.
- 2 – 24 September : More London Free Film Festival
There will be free screenings of films in The Scoop, near Potter’s Field Park. Films include The Imitation Game, Paddington, Ghostbusters, Frozen, The Theory Of Everything, Moulin Rouge!, Big, Zoolander and The Sound Of Music. 7.30pm. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.
- 3 – 13 September : Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival
Ten day festival featuring free screenings in the Peckham and Nunhead area at various locations, including The Montpelier, Bussey Building, Old Nun’s Head and the Peckham Liberal Club. Nearest stations: Peckham Rye, Queen’s Road Peckham and Nunhead. For more information and listings, visit the PNFFF website.
- 3 – 20 September : Portobello Film Festival
Two and half week festival returns to Notting Hill with screenings and events at the KPH, Pop Up Cinema in Acklam Road and Westbourne Studios. Free. Nearest stations: Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park. For more information, visit the Portobello Film Festival website.
- 5 – 6 September : Grillstock BBQ & Music
A festival of music and food, featuring Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Cuban Brothers, Grandmaster Flash, Levi Roots, Razorlight, The Computers, DJ Yoda and more. Tickets start from £30. Chestnuts Field, Walthamstow, E17 4JF. Nearest station: Wood Street or Walthamstow Central. For more information and tickets, visit Grillstock’s website.
- 6 September : Angel Canal Festival
One day festival in the City Road Lock, Basin and Regents Canal towpath. Featuring a children’s fun fair, Punch & Judy, story-teller, boat trips, art projects and galleries, live music and street theatre. Free admission. 11am-5pm. For more information, visit the Angel Canal Festival website.
- 6 September : London Mela
Festival celebrating South Asian culture, featuring nine zones, five stages, outdoor arts, DJs, world food market and more. 1-9pm. Tickets: Adults £6.50, Concs & 12-16 yrs £4.50, Children under 12 £3.50. Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, W3 8LQ. Nearest tubes: Gunnersbury, South Ealing or Acton Town. For more information, visit the London Mela website.
- 6 September : Klezmer In The Park
JFS Klezmer Band, Don Kipper, Stewart Curtis’ K-Groove, The Turbans, She’Koyokh and Tantz will perform in Regents Park. 12-6pm. Free. The Bandstand, Regent’s Park, Chester Road, NW1 4NR. Nearest station: Camden Town or Regent’s Park. For more information, visit the Jewish Music Institute website.
- Now until 6 September : Carsten Höller: Decision
Belgium-born artist Carsten Höller’s exhibition explores perception and decision making, prompting an interactive experience for guests. You will then get the chance to exit the exhibition down a slide! Tickets: Adults £13.50-£15, Student £11. Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For information and tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website. For Metro Girl’s review of the exhibition, click here.
Soar above the roofs at the Southbank on the flying machines at Carsten Holler: Decision exhibition at the Hayward Gallery
- Now until 6 September : Light Echoes
A light installation using lasers by LA digital artists Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank. Free. The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest tube: Barbican or Moorgate. For more information, visit the Barbican website.
- 10 – 20 September : Spiegeltent
A Spiegeltent is popping up in Canary Wharf for 10 years with a host of entertainment for adults and children, including comedy, live music, cabaret, burlesque, circus and more. Ticket prices range from free to £16 depending on event. Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AH. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For most tickets, visit SeeTickets, or for Daniel Sloss tickets, visit LiveNation. For Metro Girl’s post with more information about the Spiegeltent, click here.
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