London Events Happening in September 2015

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Friday, 4th Sep

10:00 AMTours of a tall sailing ship (Poplar)
F Visit a tall sailing ship on a visit from Colombia
1:00 PMDeath And Legend On The Thames
B An illustrated presentation will delve into the dark and curious history of the ghosts of the Thames,
(Cost: £5.93)
1:00 PMVisualising The Great British Pub With Openstreetmap Data And Tableau
B Looking at the institution which is the Great British Pub, mapping a dataset of pubs across the UK.
(Cost: Free)
2:00 PMTalk and display: 1715: The great Jacobite rebellion (Richmond)
F B Professor Daniel Szechi reveals the surprising significance of their widely supported but ultimately doomed rebellion.
7:00 PMThe River Effra’s Vanishing Act (West Norwood)
F A talk about the River Effra, once a sparkling stream running the length of Lambeth but now downgraded to an underground storm relief sewer.
7:00 PMLarge Hadron Colliding (Physics Comedy Show) (Whitechapel)
B You are the Large Hadron Collider's latest recruits and we are excited to welcome you into the fold - let's go find the Higgs Boson.
(Cost: Free)

 

Saturday, 5th Sep

tbaTower Beach Open Day (Tower Hill)
F A rare opportunity to enjoy the once bustling London beach at Tower Bridge in front of the Tower of London.
10:00 AMTours of a tall sailing ship (Poplar)
F Visit a tall sailing ship on a visit from Colombia
10:30 AMThe Derelict London All-day Guided Walking Tour Of The Woolwich Area With Author Paul Talling (East Ham)
B An all-day guided walking tour of the Woolwich area covering both sides of the River Thames.
(Cost: £16.50)
11:00 AMCamberwell Bus Garage Open Day (Camberwell)
F Camberwell Bus Garage will open its doors to members of the public in the next of a series of bus garage open days.
2:00 PMOpen Day at the Museum of Sewing Machines (Tooting)
F Monthly open day at one of London's more unusual, and delightful museums.
2:00 PMThe Tidal Thames (Erith)
B A four-mile walk of the urban infrastructure, flood management engineering and natural beauty of the tidal Thames, all within the M25.
(Cost: £5)
2:00 PM19 Princelet Street Open Day
F A rare opportunity to explore this tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house later turned into a Synagogue.
3:00 PMThe Return Of The Walthamstow Mysteries (Walthamstow)
B Join us on an unusual excursion round the Marshes led by the colourful Local Historian and the Lady of the Pageant.
(Cost: Free)
8:00 PMCookbook Confidential: The Food and Drink Festival (Southwark)
B The festival features discussions, demonstrations and tastings with food and drink authors.
(Cost: various)

 

Sunday, 6th Sep

tbaBehind the Scenes at Tower Lifeboat (Strand)
F B A look around the RNLI's only floating lifeboat station, based on the Thames by Charing Cross.
tbaMerchant Navy Day Commemorative Service (Tower Hill)
F A ceremony to remember those who died in the Merchant Navy, held at the memorial on Tower Hill.
11:00 AMGrand Surrey Canal Guided Walking Tour (Peckham)
B A guided walk through some of South East London's beautiful sights (and some not so beautiful too).
(Cost: £11.00)
11:00 AMBellenden Road Nature Garden Open Day (Peckham)
B Come and explore this little urban oasis and join in with with lots of plant themed activities.
(Cost: Free)
2:00 PMGuided tours of the Albert Memorial (South Kensington)
The guided tour of the Albert Memorial gives you exclusive access inside the memorial railings,
(Cost: £7)
2:00 PMSunday Open House in a Victorian School (Bow)
Attend a lesson in a recreation of a Victorian school room.
(Cost: £2)
2:00 PM19 Princelet Street Open Day
F A rare opportunity to explore this tiny jewel of secret London, a 1719 Huguenot merchant's house later turned into a Synagogue.
7:00 PMTall Sailing Ship to Pass Through Tower Bridge (Southwark)
F A tall sailing ship will pass through Tower Bridge, while its crew will balance on its masts singing the Colombian National Anthem.

 

Monday, 7th Sep

7:00 PMThe French Princes at York House at York House (Twickenham)
Sir David Williams will give an illustrated talk on these exiled princes in the Salon,
(Cost: £3 in advance £4 on the door (availability not g)

 

Tuesday, 8th Sep

10:30 AMSmart & Safe Transport Workshop
B This workshop will aim to understand what 'smart' may look like in improving public transport services and how technology can best aid the process.
(Cost: Free)
2:00 PMTalk: the first football charge of the First World War (Richmond)
F B A talk on actually happened when the London Irish Rifles performed the first football charge at the Battle of Loos on 25 Sept 1915

 

Wednesday, 9th Sep

11:30 AMThe Kite and Key (Trafalgar Square)
B A lecture and live demonstration exploring the science and speculation behind Franklin’s infamous and much-mythologised ‘kite and key’ experiment.
(Cost: £5)
12:00 PMA Royal River Salute (Southwark)
F A number of vessels, many of whom took part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, will gather by Tower Bridge and salute The Queen.
1:00 PMMessage November 1982 "Flood Defences Of London Now Secure"
B The River Thames is celebrated as the lifeblood of London, but few recognise it's threat to the City's survival.
(Cost: £5.93)
6:30 PMWhat Economics and Public Policy Can Learn from Engineering Design (Holborn)
B Guru Madhavan will discuss the essentials of the engineering mind-set—based on narratives from his book Think Like an Engineer
(Cost: Free)

 

Thursday, 10th Sep

10:45 AMGuildhall Tour followed by watching the City Common Council (Bishopsgate)
Tour of the City of London's historic Guildhall, followed by attending the Common Council.
(Cost: £7)
6:00 PMPetrie’s war: World War One at home and in Egypt
B This interactive talk explores what this archaeologist did during the war and what was happening in his beloved Egypt.
(Cost: Free)
6:45 PMBurma Boys: African soldiers in Asia during World War Two (Harley Street)
B A fascinating talk on the 100,000 African soldiers who fought against the Japanese in Burma.
(Cost: £8)
7:00 PMWestworld (1973) (Greenwich)
B A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.
(Cost: £8)
7:00 PMConcert: An evening at Vauxhall Gardens (Whitehall)
B A private view of the art gallery, followed by 18th-century music.
(Cost: £20)
7:30 PMNosferatu: A Symphony of Horror at The Musical Museum (Brentford)
This silent film will be accompanied by Donald MacKenzie on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
(Cost: £11.00)

 

Friday, 11th Sep

1:00 PMNow We Are Five
B For over 1700 years the City of London had only one bridge. Now it has five. This illustrated talk tells the often strange stories of all of them.
(Cost: £5.93)
1:00 PMTalk: Jane Austen, Landscape & Gardens
B Join Dr Robert Clark, Senior Fellow at the University of East Anglia, for a lecture on Jane Austen, Landscape and Gardens.
(Cost: £6)
1:00 PMFriday Lunchtime Lecture: How Open Data Can Help Charities And Grant Funders Focus Resources
B Alice Casey from 360Giving and Tim Davis will explain how things work in practice and how people can get involved either as publishers, data users or contributors to the standard.
(Cost: Free)
4:00 PMJane Eyre on Stage and Screen (Southwark)
B Dr Hila Shachar explores some of the many and varied adaptations of this classic novel.
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PMBrideshead Reunited (South Kensington)
B Actors Diana Quick and Anthony Andrews join writer and producer Derek Granger and the critic Giles Ramsay in a discussion about Brideshead Revisited,
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PMBreakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
B A screening of Audrey Hepburn's most famous film.
(Cost: £7)
6:45 PMNight Shift (Covent Garden)
B Late night opening at the Transport Museum to mark the arrival of 25-hour tube trains.
(Cost: £12)

 

Saturday, 12th Sep

tbaJohnston Journeys tours (Acton)
B A tour to mark the 100th anniversary of London Underground's Johnston typeface, designed by Edward Johnston in 1916.
(Cost: £10)
tbaBehind the Scenes at Tower Lifeboat (Strand)
F B A look around the RNLI's only floating lifeboat station, based on the Thames by Charing Cross.
All DayAll Aboard Tarporley! Canal Boat Trip (Islington)
B Get on board and enjoy a chilled out ride down the canal and through the locks on Tarporley, the community narrowboat.
(Cost: £6.50)
All DayBattle of Britain Archive Viewing (Colindale)
F B Join the Curatorial Team for a very special archive viewing weekend.
All DayThe Magnificent Merlin (Colindale)
F A chance to get up close and to see, hear and experience a Rolls Royce Merlin engine running.
9:30 AMVictorian London in Photographs (Clerkenwell)
F This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the mid 1800s onwards
11:00 AMThe Derelict London Tour Of Silvertown With Author Paul Talling (Victoria Dock)
B The derelictlondon
(Cost: £12.10)
11:00 AMThe St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival (Wapping)
F A celebration of classic boats in their natural environment, with music, food, stalls and tours throughout the weekend.
12:00 PMHidden River Festival 2015 (Finsbury Park)
The Hidden River Festival is an free annual waterside festival, with a mix of live music, food stalls, art and fun.
(Cost: Free)
2:30 PMIndustrial Fulham Riverside Walk (Fulham)
B Follow the river from the Cremone Bridge all the way to Parsons Green Station and see what you can spot along the way.
(Cost: £5)
3:00 PMWho won the Battle of Britain? (Colindale)
F B Aviation Historian at the RAF Museum, debates and seeks to offer an answer to this vexing question.
7:00 PMBat Walk Week (Isleworth)
B Learn about the bats at Osterley, then embark upon identifying the sights and sounds of these winged wonders.
(Cost: £6)

 

Sunday, 13th Sep

All DayBattle of Britain Archive Viewing (Colindale)
F B Join the Curatorial Team for a very special archive viewing weekend.
All DayThe Magnificent Merlin (Colindale)
F A chance to get up close and to see, hear and experience a Rolls Royce Merlin engine running.
10:30 AMWalk the Lost Tyburn River with Tom Bolton (Camden)
B On this walk you will uncover layers of social history and cultural curiosity, and find out about the controversies along its route.
(Cost: £10)
11:00 AMThe St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival (Wapping)
F A celebration of classic boats in their natural environment, with music, food, stalls and tours throughout the weekend.
11:45 AMThe Derelict London Tour Of Silvertown With Author Paul Talling (Victoria Dock)
B The derelictlondon
(Cost: £12.10)
2:00 PMMarine Police Wapping (Wapping)
F A talk about the history of the Thames river police.
2:00 PMHoney Extraction (Tottenham)
B Join Friends of Tottenham Marshes for an informative talk about honey extraction with bottling and tasting with our beekeepers.
(Cost: £4)

 

Monday, 14th Sep

All Day The Interaction of Fire and Mankind
F B This meeting will examine historical, evolutionary, and biophysical tensions inherent in the fire-climate-society.
6:00 PMSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)
B The tours offer a unique insight into the history of the site and the people who have shaped it.
(Cost: £8.50)
6:30 PMBlack Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning (Holborn)
B In this lecture Timothy Snyder will talk about his new book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, in which he argues we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust,
(Cost: Free)

 

Tuesday, 15th Sep

2:00 PMLondon's Railways (Clerkenwell)
B This talk explores the history of the traditional overground and underground rail system.
(Cost: Free - booking essential)
6:30 PMInside the Nudge Unit: how small changes can make a big difference (Holborn)
B A talk about the much-mocked, yet reportedly very successful "nudge" team set up by the government in 2010.
(Cost: Free)
7:00 PMLondon: too big to succeed? (South Kensington)
B London competes on a global stage, but what price does its infrastructure pay for doing so?
(Cost: £10)

 

Wednesday, 16th Sep

1:00 PMWhy Do They Call It A Float? - The Lord Mayors Show And The River
B Learn about the event in full detail and understand it’s significance while hearing some fun facts along the way.
(Cost: £5.95)
6:00 PM The Hidden Colours Inside Volcanoes
F B A talk that will show how beautiful images of igneous rocks under the microscope can help to understand the inner workings of volcanoes.

 

Thursday, 17th Sep

6:00 PMPublic Interest versus Private Profits (Holborn)
B The conventional model of risk transfer and sharing is being challenged. Who are the winners and losers from this shake up of risk?
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PM Miniature Posters: the stamp designs of Abram Games with Naomi Games
At this talk, Abram’s daughter Naomi reveals this lesser-known area of his work, his working processes and progressive sketches from his archive.
(Cost: £3)
7:00 PMMedicine and the Bishop in Medieval England (Fulham)
B During this talk Dr Katherine Harvey explores the role of medicine in the lives of the English bishops.
(Cost: £8)

 

Friday, 18th Sep

4:00 PMScience Unboxed:Mosquitoes, Malaria and the Raj (Camden)
B Actors Rebecca Tremain and Penny Dimond will bring the archives to vivid life, revealing the curious remedies that were used to treat malaria before the introduction of quinine,
(Cost: £5)
6:00 PMPenny Lecture | The London Boroughs at 50 (Southwark)
A talk by Professor Tony Travers of the LSE to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London Boroughs with a special focus on Lambeth.
(Cost: 0.01)
6:30 PMIain Sinclair and Will Self: Walking London (South Kensington)
B Iain Sinclair and Will Self discuss their enduring fascination with the capital and what it means for their work.
(Cost: £10)

 

Saturday, 19th Sep

11:00 AMFiring on the Foreshore (Southwark)
F Watch pottery being produced as it was thousands of years ago, in open fires on the Thames,
1:45 PMA Walk on the River: Barking’s Industrial Heritage (Barking)
B This walk will examine the relics of a history lost in the redevelopment of recent years.
(Cost: £2.50)
2:30 PMForgotten Thames champions (Barbican)
B An illustrated talk on six forgotten aquatic champions.
(Cost: Free)

 

Sunday, 20th Sep

10:00 AMHorseman's Sunday (Paddington)
F The vicar of St John's Church will appear before his congregation on a horse in the well established tradition.
1:45 PMTours of Isleworth Ait nature reserve on the River Thames (Isleworth)
B A very rare chance to access the Isleworth Ait nature reserve, an island on the Thames,
(Cost: £10)
2:50 PMGuided tours of Oliver's Island on the River Thames (Chiswick)
B Come and explore a secret place on the River Thames – visit Oliver's Island as part of TideFest 2015
(Cost: £5)
3:00 PMChist Church Erith Tower Centenary open day (Erith)
F There will be access to ground floor displays about the history of the tower, and a chance to go up to the belfry.

 

Monday, 21st Sep

1:00 PMFollowing the Chartists around London (Camden)
F B A walking tour of some of the pubs and other buildings where the Chartist movement held meetings in the 1840s.
6:30 PMPostcapitalism: a guide to our future (Holborn)
B We know that our world is in the process of seismic change - but how can we emerge from the crisis a fairer, more equal society?
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMIs our universe a hologram? (St James)
F B Join Andrew O’Bannon to discover if holography has the answers and find out why it really matters.
7:00 PMGreat moments in science (Hanover Square)
Join Dr Karl for a whirlwind tour of scientific explanations and bizarre facts explored.
(Cost: £12)
8:00 PMSoylent Green (Hackney)
B A screening, in a pub, of the groundbreaking sci-fi movie.
(Cost: £3.50)

 

Tuesday, 22nd Sep

12:45 PMThe Dublin King: What Really Happened to the 'Princes in the Tower'? (Picadilly)
F A talk by an author of a book on the topic of the Princes in the Tower
6:00 PMThe National Health Service Crisis, 1951 (Barbican)
B A talk about the funding crisis that hit the NHS in 1951 and lead to the resignation of two government ministers.
(Cost: Free)

 

Wednesday, 23rd Sep

1:00 PMThe Primeval Fireball (Barbican)
B The current challenges in cosmic microwave background astronomy will be described.
(Cost: Free)
1:00 PMThe Port Of London And The Thames During WW1
B Prepare to shift your historical perspective as total war comes to London and its dockland communities for the first time.
(Cost: £5.93)

 

Thursday, 24th Sep

2:00 PMHospital Diets and Food! (Clerkenwell)
B ​Discover the fascinating story of diet and food in hospital.
(Cost: Free - booking essential)
5:00 PMImperial Fringe: Designs for life (South Kensington)
F Meet the scientists and engineers applying engineering to design concepts.
6:30 PMSeptember Late at 2 Willow Road: Goldfinger - Furniture Designer (Hampstead)
B Find out about Ernö Goldfinger's furniture designs over a glass of wine and explore the house after hours.
(Cost: £9)
7:30 PMSatanic Ritual Abuse And False Memories (Whitechapel)
B A talk about the 1990s mass hysteria that children were being subjected to satanic abuse.
(Cost: £4.40)

 

Friday, 25th Sep

11:00 AMThe Derelict London Tour Of Bow Creek With Author Paul Talling (Bow)
B This (approx) 3 hour walk covers the Lower River Lea from Bromley by Bow to Leamouth via Canning Town.
(Cost: £12.10)
1:00 PMFireboats Of The Blitz
B Learn how the brave men of the London Fire Brigade, Auxiliary Fire Service and National Fire Service kept London supplied with water from the Thames.
(Cost: £5.93)
2:00 PMThe Way of Tea (Russell Square)
F A free demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony.
6:00 PMScience Uncovered (South Kensington)
F Discover little-known areas of the Museum, hear about our latest research and enjoy a drink under the watchful eyes of Dippy the Diplodocus.
6:30 PMThe Waddesdon Bequest and Waddesdon Manor: a legacy of collecting (Russell Square)
B This discussion will trace the history of both the Manor and the Bequest
(Cost: £5)

 

Saturday, 26th Sep

All DayCountryside Live (Leyton)
The weekend is packed full of arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show.
(Cost: £5)
10:45 AMCroxley Great Barn tour (Rickmansworth)
Visit the c.1397 Grade 2 listed ‘threshing’ barn, over 100ft x 40ft in size, with a fine crownpost roof.
(Cost: tba)

 

Sunday, 27th Sep

All DayCountryside Live (Leyton)
The weekend is packed full of arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show.
(Cost: £5)
6:30 AMThames Barrier closure (Woolwich)
F The once-per-year full closure of the Thames Barrier for testing.
10:00 AMThames Barrier Annual Closure (Woolwich)
F Annual full closure of the Thames Barrier right across the river.
11:00 AMTour of HQS Wellington (Strand)
F A tour of the WW2 era ship which was part of the Battle of the Atlantic.
11:00 AMThe Second Crossness Engines Sewage Metropolis Steampunk Convival (Abbey Wood)
A chance to visit this superbly restored Grade 1 building and the Southern Outfall of the Victorian Sewer System
(Cost: £5)
12:00 PM'LADA': Festival of Russian Songs and Traditions: Family Activities (Bloomsbury)
B Singing and dancing, art, craft and games, and a look at some very special traditional Russian toys and historic household objects,
(Cost: £7)
12:00 PMPearly Kings and Queens on Parade (Bishopsgate)
Traditional entertainment before a parade down to St Mary-le-Bow Church
(Cost: Free to watch)

 

Monday, 28th Sep

6:30 PMCyberphobia: identity, trust, security and the internet (Holborn)
B Edward Lucas talks about his new book, which reveals the ways in which cyberspace is not the secure or private zone we may hope,
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMMaking Room: The Housing Crisis in New York and London (Camden)
B John McAslan of John McAslan + Partners will address the housing crises in both cities and suggest a template for change.
(Cost: £5)
7:30 PMLondon is Changing: Regeneration, Gentrification and Redevelopment (Holborn)
B Join Iain Sinclair, Anna Minton, Tom Bolton and Helen Parton for a discussion on London, how it is changing, how it affects us and what can be done ab
(Cost: £9.09)

 

Tuesday, 29th Sep

5:30 PMVirgin Galactic: the journey to space (South Kensington)
F B Senior Vice President of Spaceport and Programme Development at Virgin Galactic, Jonathan Firth, will be giving a public lecture.
7:30 PMBarbican Open Salon: Maths is beautiful (Barbican)
B Throughout history, artists, scientists and philosophers have been fascinated by the relationship between maths and art.
(Cost: £11)

 

Wednesday, 30th Sep

1:00 AM"Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL": Machine Intelligence and the Law (Holborn)
B HAL 9000 will soon no longer be science fiction: sentient machines will quickly be with us. How will the law and lawyers meet their challenge?
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PM1665: London's Last Great Plague (Barbican)
B The story is seemingly well-known but on closer examination there are still many disputed or puzzling features.
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PMGreat British Buildings: University Of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building (Greenwich)
B Go behind-the-scenes of some of the UKs best new buildings An exclusive architect-led, behind the scenes talk and tour of this RIBA London Award winning building, shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling
(Cost: £9.59)
6:30 PM'You might make a joke on that' (Bloomsbury)
B Brian Sibley presents an illustrated talk on Alice's many adventures in Cartoonland.
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PMLondon: Night and Day - an evening with Matt Brown (Covent Garden)
B In this talk, Matt will present a few highlights from the book, including a some (legal) nocturnal activities you might not be aware of.
(Cost: £3)