Our Cultural Events in London in September 2019 guide is for those of you planning a holiday or an English language course in one of the world’s most exciting city so you don’t miss a thing!
Wow!! There’s so much to see and do in London this September. The capital city is a fusion of cultures, trends, ancient and contemporary arts, a sociocultural hub where you can experience the “cultural superpower” of Britain!
From world-renowned museums to cutting-edge galleries and hundreds of years of architecture. Where to begin?
Our guide to Cultural Events in London in September 2019
The Specials, 7 September
The “special band” The Specials are a famous ska revival band from Coventry, UK, that encapsulated the first wave of British ska music in the late 70s, reworking the original sound of 1960s Jamaican ska.
Their UK tour coincides with the release of their new album, Encore. A must see!
Where: Gunnersbury Park,
More information: The Specials Concert at Gunnersbury Park
Totally Thames Festival – 1-30 September
Get a taste of London from the shores of the Thames. This annual festival celebrates the River Thames from discovering what made the wharves of Barking stink to exploring the treasures found by mudlarkers at low tide.
Where: Various London locations
More information on: Totally Thames
Brass on the Grass Concert – 4 September
There’s nothing more quintessentially English than a Brass Band concert on a sunny summer’s day. Head to St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey for this free event.
Where: Westminster Abbey, St Margaret’s Church
More information on: Westminster Abbey Events
St Paul’s Cathedral Organ Concert – 5 September
The organ at St Paul’s Cathedral has 7,246 pipes ranging in size from 10 metres to the size of a small pencil, all controlled from a console of five keyboards, a pedalboard and over a hundred pistons. Listen to top organists bring it to life with classical music spanning five centuries.
Where: St Paul’s Cathedral
More information on: St Paul’s Cathedral Concerts
William Blake at Tate Britain – from 11 September
Head to Tate Britain to see over 300 works by William Blake, who created some of the most iconic images in British art. This exhibition, the largest of his work for nearly 20 years, explores his radical approach, technical innovation and recreates the 1809 room he showed his art in, so viewers can experience the impact his works had when they were shown for the first time.
Where: Tate Britain
More information on: William Blake at Tate Britain
Open House London – 21-22 September
Take a peek inside 800 architectural gems this September as significant London buildings fling open their usually closed doors and allow the public inside. Enjoy walks, talks and tours, all completely free, in properties from vast historic landmarks to smaller private homes.
Where: Across London
More information on: Open House London
Mary Quant Exhibition – Now until 16 February 2020
Get a taste of London in the swinging 60s at this exhibition of over 200 original Mary Quant garments, from micro miniskirts to bright hot pants and her signature prints.
Where: The Victoria & Albert Museum
More information on: Mary Quant Exhibition
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Now until 13 October
Watch this much-loved Shakespearean comedy about four arguing lovers in the rebuilt Globe Theatre. It was reopened in 1997 and kept as faithful to the 1599 structure as possible. It is an open air round timber structure, so you can experience Shakespeare like a true Elizabethan.
Where: Bankside near London Bridge Station
More information on: Shakespeare’s Globe
Emerge Festival – 27-28 September
The ultimate ticket for those in-the-know, Emerge Festival is new: get a wristband for one or both nights and it gets you into multiple venues across the capital. From live music by local artists, to life drawing at Dulwich Picture Gallery, via curator talks and tours of the collection of 1,300 musical instruments at the Horniman Museum it will give you an unseen glimpse of locations and collections across the capital, all night long.
Where: Multiple venues across London
More information on: Emerge Festival UK
London Transport Museum Open Depot Weekend, 28-29 September
With 1.35 billion passengers a year, London’s 402km tube network is one of the largest in the world. Just three times a year the London Transport Museum opens the doors of its Acton Depot where it houses 320,000 objects, from tube carriages and buses, to signs, posters and uniforms, so this weekend is a must-see. All aboard!
More information on: London Transport Museum
Learn English in Britain
If you are visiting Britain and willing to combine an exciting holiday with the study of English, Cultura Lingua International offers some very effective immersion English courses in London, and all over Great Britain. From general English (beginner to advanced level), to Exam preparation, Business English, English courses for families or simply acquiring a basic English knowledge for every day situation, Cultura Lingua International can meet all sorts of English language requirements.
Cultural Events in London in September 2019 was compiled for you by Alison Forby.