London Events Happening in August 2014

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.

 

Saturday, 2nd Aug

tbaCommunity Haystacks (Leyton)
B Learn the traditional skill of scything in two-hour workshops.
(Cost: £5)
tbaPinhole Camera Workshop (Southwark)
F Learn the fine art of taking a slow photo using a pinhole camera.
All DaySteam on the Underground: Centenary of the Hammersmith & City Line (Covent Garden)
F B Steam trains to run through the central section of the London Underground again.
10:00 AMThe Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines show (Upminster, Essex)
B Over 60 groups and a thousand living history displays, depicting military life from many periods and nationalities.
(Cost: £10)
10:45 AMArt in the City (City of London)
B A walk exploring the most recent contemporary art installations to be found within the heart of the City.
(Cost: £10)
12:00 PMEid Festival 2014 (Pall Mall)
F Festival in Trafalgar Square to mark the end of Ramadan
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.
2:30 PMGo inside the private gardens within Regent's Park (Camden)
A chance to see inside a 4-acre private garden that surrounds a mansion within Regent's Park
(Cost: £4)

 

Sunday, 3rd Aug

tbaCroydon Airport Open Day (East Croydon)
F Monthly opening of the museum inside the remains of Croydon Airport control tower
tbaLondon's Lost Rivers tours
B London’s Lost Rivers author Tom Bolton will be leading a new series of walking tours above ground along the routes of the hidden rivers.
(Cost: £10)
10:00 AMThe Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines show (Upminster, Essex)
B Over 60 groups and a thousand living history displays, depicting military life from many periods and nationalities.
(Cost: £10)
12:00 PMGreat North Wood walk (Forest Hill)
F Guided walk covering Honor Oak Park, Crystal Palace Park, cox's Walk and Sydenham Hill Wood.
12:16 PMMonthly behind the scenes tours of the Union Chapel (Islington)
B From a secret passage, to a hidden garden, there is much the public doesn't usually see.
(Cost: £5)
2:30 PMGo inside the private gardens within Regent's Park (Camden)
A chance to see inside a 4-acre private garden that surrounds a mansion within Regent's Park
(Cost: £4)

 

Monday, 4th Aug

12:30 PMFood Diplomacy, Victual Warfare, and the Revolutionary Atlantic (Camden)
F B Rachel Herrmann discusses how Native Americans, free blacks, and slaves used food to wage war and broker peace during and after the American Revolutio
1:00 PMWW1 Centenary Talk - Royal Albert Hall Memories (South Kensington)
B A talk about the Hall's important role in the First World War and the impact it had on the Grade I listed building and its people.
(Cost: £3.57)

 

Tuesday, 5th Aug

All DayBridge being installed over the Bow Creek
F A large bridge is being swung into position over the river next to Canning Town tube station
6:00 PMMonthly candle lit look around Sir John Soane's Museum (Holborn)
F The Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 until 9pm.
6:30 PMNever Again: 14 - 18 Then and Now (Bloomsbury)
B A look at the changing perceptions of World War 1 in the work of cartoon and comic artists in 1914-18 and since.
(Cost: £6)
9:10 PMGun salute at the Tower of London (Tower Hill)
F A gun salute will take place at the Tower of London at sunset -- for some currently unknown reason.

 

Thursday, 7th Aug

10:30 AMCamden at War 1914-18
B Walking tour around the area looking at the history of the area from WW1.
(Cost: £8)
6:45 PMFilm Screening - Fahrenheit 451 (Hackney)
F B Science Fiction Theatre shows the post-book society of Fahrenheit 451.

 

Saturday, 9th Aug

All DaySteam on the Underground: Centenary of the Hammersmith & City Line (Covent Garden)
F B Steam trains to run through the central section of the London Underground again.
9:30 AMEmergency! London 1914 (Farringdon)
F An exhibition looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.
10:00 AMEast London Suffragette Festival (Whitechapel)
F At the heart of thefestival is a free day of talks, workshops and performance about history, equality, and east London,
2:30 PMBrixton Market Heritage Walk (Stockwell)
A 75 minute guided walk around the area looking at the history of Brixton market.
(Cost: £3)
7:00 PMSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)
B Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
(Cost: £10.25)

 

Sunday, 10th Aug

10:00 AMOpen Day at the Harmondsworth Great Barn
Occasional open day at the Great Barn, once described as the Cathedral of Middlesex.
(Cost: Free)
12:00 PMBrewery Open Day (East Dulwich)
F Clarkshaws Brewery in East Dulwich will be open for tours of the brewery and a chance to try their beers,

 

Monday, 11th Aug

12:30 PMIreland and Irish America in the First British Empire (Camden)
F B A talk on how news regarding the struggle to control the borderlands of British North America resonated among communities in Ireland.

 

Wednesday, 13th Aug

2:00 PMTwickenham Fine Ales Brewery Tour
B Monthly tour of the beer brewery.
(Cost: £10)

 

Thursday, 14th Aug

7:30 PMMythic London – Beneath your Feet (Bloomsbury)
B An illustrated talk about the pagen history of London.
(Cost: £10)

 

Saturday, 16th Aug

10:00 AMMonthly weekend opening at the Bentley Priory Museum
The Museum tells the story of the mansion house, as it was used as the Headquarters for Fighter Command during WW2.
(Cost: £9)

 

Sunday, 17th Aug

2:00 PMFulham Palace Garden Walks (Fulham)
Guided tours of the Fulham Palace gardens.
(Cost: £5)

 

Monday, 18th Aug

1:00 PMPotmaking from Thames River Clay for Firing on the Foreshore (Southwark)
F Make some pots that will be fired a month later, also on the foreshore.

 

Tuesday, 19th Aug

6:30 PMAn evening walk: Stories of the Borough (Southwark)
F Join Patricia Dark on a walk around the neighborhood of John Harvard Library to discover some stories from the Borough.

 

Wednesday, 20th Aug

7:00 PM‘Spark in the Dark’ with John Constable (Islington)
F Londonphile John Constable gives a reading from his first collection of poetry.

 

Saturday, 23rd Aug

4:00 PMThe 5,000 Fingers of Dr T (Barbican)
B A screening of the exceptionally weird film that was described as a cross of David Lynch, Musicals and Dr Seuss.
(Cost: £10.10)
7:00 PMMonthly vigil at the Cross Bones Graveyard (Southwark)
F Vigils have been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. They are inclusive, secular events, open 'to all faiths and none'.
8:00 PMBeyond the Brick : Lego Exhibition (Colindale)
B Beyond the Brick Lego Exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Museum London over the August Bank Holiday.
(Cost: £12)

 

Sunday, 24th Aug

1:00 PMWalk the Line –Take a walk and discover the hidden history of London
B Join Mark Mason for a guided walk following the route of the Piccadilly Line above ground,
(Cost: £12)
8:00 PMBeyond the Brick : Lego Exhibition (Colindale)
B Beyond the Brick Lego Exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Museum London over the August Bank Holiday.
(Cost: £12)

 

Monday, 25th Aug

8:00 PMBeyond the Brick : Lego Exhibition (Colindale)
B Beyond the Brick Lego Exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Museum London over the August Bank Holiday.
(Cost: £12)

 

Wednesday, 27th Aug

6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.

 

Thursday, 28th Aug

6:30 PMNew Bus for London (Whitechapel)
F B The presentation tells the story of the project to design and build a new Routemaster bus.
7:30 PMWhen the Fairies met Queen Victoria (Bloomsbury)
B This illustrated lecture presents the popular, artistic and literary history of fairies.
(Cost: £7)
8:15 PMFilm - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Bloomsbury)
B See deserted streets of London is this classic sci-fi film.
(Cost: £15)

 

Saturday, 30th Aug

6:30 PMWar, Women and Song (Camden)
B Expect drama, music and comedy as actors bring to life the experience of those who toured to theatres of war,
(Cost: £5)
8:15 PMFilm - Flash Gordon (Bloomsbury)
B Gordon's Alive -- and at the British Museum.
(Cost: £15)

 

Sunday, 31st Aug

10:30 AMThe Big Thames Tidy (Southwark)
F Volunteers are invited to give the River Thames a final sweep for unsightly litter to coincide with the kick off of Totally Thames.
1:00 PMOpen Afternoon at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve (Forest Hill)
F A nature reserve along a railway cutting open for a few hours a month.