London Events Happening in September 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.

 

Wednesday, 3rd Sep

3:00 PMCromwell Day (Whitehall)
F Each year on 3rd September the Cromwell Association holds a service of commemoration for Cromwell on the anniversary of his death in 1658.
6:45 PMBat Talk and Walk (Fulham)
F B Join Groundwork London for an introduction to bats.
7:00 PMMemorials of the Great War (Picadilly)
B Peyton Skipwith will give a talk on these memorials of the Great War.
(Cost: £12.50)

 

Thursday, 4th Sep

7:00 PMBehind the Scenes at the Horniman - Tour of the Gardens (Forest Hill)
B Meet the Head of Horticulture and discover the secrets behind the Horniman Gardens
(Cost: £5)

 

Friday, 5th Sep

All DayRoyal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 (Greenwich)
Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities as they welcome up to 50 majestic tall ships.
(Cost: Various)
All DayLate London: sonic city (Poplar)
Explore sonic London through creative installations, intimate gigs, workshops, and talks
(Cost: £8)
12:00 PMMonthly opening of the Clowns Gallery Museum & Archive (Hackney)
F Displays from Clowns International's Archive are on show in and around the Grimaldi corner of Holy Trinity Church.
2:00 PMMonthly guided tour of Lincoln Inn
Hour long tour of the legal Inns of Court includes visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel,
(Cost: £5)
6:00 PMRiver Fleet with Paul Talling
B This tour follows the route of the River Fleet from Blackfriars Bridge to St Pancras.
(Cost: £10.45)
7:00 PMThe Future of the Bookshop (Battersea)
B James Daunt, the Managing Director of Waterstones talks about the future of the bookshop trade.
(Cost: £5)
9:15 PMFireworks at Greenwich (Greenwich)
F Visit Maritime Greenwich to see the tall ships with a stunning backdrop of fireworks.

 

Saturday, 6th Sep

All DayRoyal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 (Greenwich)
Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities as they welcome up to 50 majestic tall ships.
(Cost: Various)
tbaArchaeological Walks along the Thames
B Join a Totally Thames archaeological walk and explore our maritime heritage.
(Cost: Various)
tbaAll that glitters (Islington)
B 2000 year old gold and emerald bracelets, brooches and ornate hair pins - explore ancient jewellery and personal adornment.
(Cost: £7.50)
tbaThe Walthamstow Mysteries (Walthamstow)
F The site-specific play set in Coppermill Fields features two local historians, a dragon slayer, a watercress seller and UFOs.
11:00 AMRiver Peck with Tom Bolton (Forest Hill)
B Tom Bolton, author of London's Lost Rivers: A Walker's Guide, leads a walk along the full length of the River Peck.
(Cost: £10)
11:00 AMShoreditch Furniture Trade
B This walk will explore some of the history of the furniture trade as evidenced through its surviving buildings.
(Cost: £5)
12:00 PMPhoenix Garden Agriculture Show & St. Giles Fayre
F Local country fair in the centre of London just behind Centrepoint
12:00 PMPeckham Rye Park Summer Fete (Peckham)
F There will be a tea and cake tent, a dog show, fancy dress competition a beer and cider tent, plant stall and many other activities and stalls.
12:00 PMBalfron Open Studios (Poplar)
F Over 22 resident artists will be exhibiting work in their live/work studios and flats within the Balfron Tower block
1:00 PMRiverside Walk with The William Morris Society (Hammersmith)
F B On this walking tour of the riverside you will learn about the famous faces of the area, their lives and work.
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 PMRiver Westbourne with Paul Talling (Paddington)
B This guided walking tour with Paul Talling follows the route of the River Westbourne from Bayswater down to Chelsea Bridge.
(Cost: £10.45)
2:00 PMWalk the Tidal Thames with The Thames Estuary Partnership (Erith)
F B This three-mile walk will demonstrate urban infrastructure, flood management engineering and natural beauty, all within the M25.
4:00 PMVisit the restored almshouses (Bethnal Green)
Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition,
(Cost: £4)

 

Sunday, 7th Sep

tbaCroydon Airport Open Day (Croydon)
F Monthly opening of the museum inside the remains of Croydon Airport control tower
All DayHampton Transport Gala & Fair (Hampton)
F Steam trains, vintage buses, fair etc -- to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway between Fulwell Junction and Shepperton.
All DayRoyal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 (Greenwich)
Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities as they welcome up to 50 majestic tall ships.
(Cost: Various)
tbaThe Walthamstow Mysteries (Walthamstow)
F The site-specific play set in Coppermill Fields features two local historians, a dragon slayer, a watercress seller and UFOs.
10:00 AMSafe to Cross? Testing London’s Bridges (Southwark)
F See the original (startlingly loud!) metal testing machine in its full working glory for one day only.
10:00 AMDartford Bus Garage Open Day (Dartford)
An open day at the local bus garage -- usually has heritage rides and tours.
(Cost: tba)
11:00 AMSutton Police Station Open Day (Sutton)
F Tours of the custody suite and police station - along with a range of community events and displays.
11:00 AMVauxhall to Battersea Riverfront with Colin del Strother (Kennington)
B A guided walk along the riverfront from Vauxhall to Battersea
(Cost: £8.07)
11:00 AMAngel Canal Festival (Islington)
F Local community fair based along the canal and side streets.
12:00 PMThe Palmers Green Festival (Palmers Green)
F Local community fete with around 100 local businesses and groups on display.
12:00 PMThe Cally Festival (Holloway)
F Local community fair takes over the road which is traffic free for the day.
12:00 PMBalfron Open Studios (Poplar)
F Over 22 resident artists will be exhibiting work in their live/work studios and flats within the Balfron Tower block
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)
12:30 PMMerchant Navy Day Commemorative Service (Tower Hill)
F A parade and memorial service to those civilians who died in the merchant navy.
1:00 PMGolf Course Allotments Open Day (New Southgate)
Autumn Show with tours of the best plots, and allotment produce, chutneys, jams, cakes and light lunches all available for sale.
(Cost: £3.50)
2:00 PMRobin's pin cushions, witches brooms & other galls (Chiswick)
F Learn about these obscure animal homes hidden in the woodland on this guided walk by Kew Garden expert Brian Spooner.
2:30 PMCarshalton Water Tower
Visit Carshalton Water Tower to see for yourself this impressive building.
(Cost: £2)
3:00 PMLondon Docks with Colin del Strother (Tower Hill)
B Guided walk from the Tower to Wapping.
(Cost: £8.07)

 

Monday, 8th Sep

All DayRoyal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 (Greenwich)
Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities as they welcome up to 50 majestic tall ships.
(Cost: Various)
2:00 PMThe Women Behind Petrie: International Women's Day
F How were Hilda Urlin, Margaret Murray, Winifred Brunton, Gertrude Caton-Thompson, and Beatrice Orm involved with Petrie, his excavations and teaching?
5:00 PMHow the Thames made the City
F Then and now – the influence of the Thames on the dynamic economy of the City of London.
6:30 PMSpaddles & Sorbets: A History Of Ice Cream
B Food historian Annie Gray guides us through the fascinating history of ice cream
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PMAlan Rusbridger - Reflections on Press Freedom (Camden)
B Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, will share his views on freedom of the press.
(Cost: £8)

 

Tuesday, 9th Sep

All DayRoyal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014 (Greenwich)
Royal Greenwich will host five days of activities as they welcome up to 50 majestic tall ships.
(Cost: Various)
1:00 PMRichard III: the Resolution of a Mystery (Picadilly)
F B A talk by Dr Turi King who oversaw the DNA retrieval and sequencing from Richard III’s remains after they were discovered.
7:00 PMAdrian Hayes: K2 – The Tragedy and the Triumph (South Kensington)
B British record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer Adrian Hayes recounts 60 years of the Savage Mountain;
(Cost: £12)

 

Wednesday, 10th Sep

2:00 PMTwickenham Fine Ales Brewery Tour (Whitton)
B Monthly tour of the beer brewery.
(Cost: £10)
6:00 PMEnabling BIM and the Crossrail Smart Railway (Harley Street)
F B How Crossrail has used BIM to support asset tracking during its construction phase.
6:30 PMThe real legacy of the 2012 Games – sport or health? (Camden)
F B One of Britain’s greatest paralympic athletes discusses the real legacy of the London 2012 Games and its impact on the nation’s health.

 

Thursday, 11th Sep

2:00 PM Crisis? What Crisis?: Re-assessing the British 'winter of discontent' (Richmond)
F B Professor John Shepherd explores the origins, character and impact of a turbulent period of industrial unrest in British history.
6:00 PMSearching for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence
F B In this public lecture, Dr. Andrew Siemion will discuss the history of the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
6:30 PMBeastly Islington: Living Alongside the Animals
F B A talk about how close living with animals affected the lives of 19th century Londoners.
6:30 PMHow could the British Museum best deliver its constant purpose for a changing public? (Russell Square)
B A panel of experts will explain what they want and expect from the British Museum in London
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PM'Ole Bill' Talk and Book Launch (Covent Garden)
B Dr Ward will give an illustrated talk based on extensive original research for his new book.
(Cost: £10)
7:00 PMDead Men’s Houses: portraying literary lives
B A talk about how museums based inside homes reflect their former occupants lives.
(Cost: £5)
7:30 PMThe Epic Film from Ben Hur to Pompeii (Kennington)
B Richard Fitzwilliams is a film critic who has studied the genre. He will be discussing these films and showing clips from the best known epics.
(Cost: £8.50)

 

Saturday, 13th Sep

tbaBehind the Scenes at Tower Lifeboat
F B Come and learn what makes Tower Lifeboat Station the busiest in the RNLI in a behind the scenes tour.
9:30 AMEmergency! London 1914
F An exhibition looking at changes to the city and the lives of Londoners as the country went to war.
10:00 AMIlford Hospital Chapel Open Day (Ilford)
F Monthly open day at the Hospital Chapel.
10:00 AMWorld War 2 Anti Tank Gun Firing (Woolwich)
F Semi-regular firing of an anti-tank gun in Woolwich.
11:00 AMClassic Boat Rally (Wapping)
F An annual celebration of classic, historic and working boats in the world famous docks located next to Tower Bridge.
11:00 AMDiscovering Putney’s Historic Riverside (Putney)
F Archaeological tour of Putney's diverse and historically significant riverside.
11:00 AMBattle Bus Open Weekend (Acton)
B Occasional open weekend at the Transport Museum's 'overflow warehouse' in Acton
(Cost: £10)
12:00 PMThe Stockwell Festival (South Lambeth)
F Local fete with all the usual entertainments of a country fair.
2:00 PMAllotments and Horticultural Society 65th Annual Show (Hornsey)
F The Central Hornsey & District Allotments & Horticultural Society Produce Show.
2:30 PMBrixton Market Heritage Walk (Stockwell)
A 75 minute guided walk around the area looking at the history of Brixton market.
(Cost: £3)
6:00 PMIn Conversation: Videogames (Barbican)
B Games pioneers Katherine Bidwell, Mike Bithell, Jo Twist and Anna Marsh share their experiences with Iain Simons.
(Cost: £10)

 

Sunday, 14th Sep

10:00 AMOpen Day at the Harmondsworth Great Barn (West Drayton)
Occasional open day at the Great Barn, once described as the Cathedral of Middlesex.
(Cost: Free)
10:00 AMStables Open Day (Wimbledon)
F Lots of fun for all the family, including stalls, arena events and a chance to meet the Keepers and their horses.
11:00 AMClassic Boat Rally (Wapping)
F An annual celebration of classic, historic and working boats in the world famous docks located next to Tower Bridge.
11:00 AMBarge Driving Races
F A chance to see traditional lighterage skills being carried out as they were up until about 50 years ago.
11:00 AMTower Beach Open Day (Tower Hill)
F A rare opportunity to enjoy the once bustling London beach at Tower Bridge.
11:00 AMBattle Bus Open Weekend (Acton)
B Occasional open weekend at the Transport Museum's 'overflow warehouse' in Acton
(Cost: £10)
3:00 PMMy Dalek Has a Puncture (Barking)
B A light-hearted evening with Simon Fisher-Becker, better known to sci-fi fans as Dorium Maldovar from BBC’s Doctor Who.
(Cost: £15)

 

Tuesday, 16th Sep

All Day Gasholders 'Recording the end of an era' (Camden)
B An all-day conference about the historic gas holders that once dominated the skyline of industrial cities.
(Cost: £50)
1:00 PMFermat's Theorems (Barbican)
F A talk about the famous seventeenth century mathematician Pierre de Fermat.
6:30 PMTaking South London’s Pulse: Southwark and the Medical Officers of Health (Southwark)
F A talk about the history of Southwark's medical officers of health, and their modern counterparts.
6:30 PMTom Holland On Asian Lions (Camden)
B ZSL conservation scientists and keepers team up with leading writers to talk about the animals in ZSL London Zoo.
(Cost: £12)
7:00 PMIn Conversation: Noel Gibson's East London (1967-75) (Bow)
B Join curator Gary Haines and Carolynda MacDonald, niece of artist Noel Gibson for an informal conversation on the life and work of Noel.
(Cost: £4.89)
7:00 PMTube Upgrades and Train Control (Hammersmith)
F B A talk by the ngineering Director, Capital Programmes for London Underground.
7:30 PMTom Phillips, Illuminated Tweets (Southwark)
F B Opening of the library's exhibition of Tom Phillips' ever-changing creation, A Humument.

 

Wednesday, 17th Sep

10:00 AM New River Walk (Enfield Town)
B A guided walk which traces the course of the New River between Myddelton House Gardens through the Forty Hall Estate and Whitewebbs.
(Cost: £3.50)
1:00 PMRegal Ragouts: courtly dining and cookery in early Georgian Britain (Whitehall)
B Food historian Ivan Day investigates the evolution of royal dining, the nature of the food itself and how it was served at the table.
(Cost: £9.75)
6:30 PMBus innovation - how green can buses be? (Hanover Square)
F B A lecture from the head of Surface Transport at TfL on turning its traditional red buses 'green'
7:00 PMBat Walk in Holland Park (Kensington)
F B Join an expert from the London Bat Group and delve into the nocturnal world of bats.

 

Thursday, 18th Sep

6:30 PMA Bridge for London (Southwark)
B A cruise and talk on board the MV Elizabethan.
(Cost: £16.55)

 

Friday, 19th Sep

8:00 PMBehind the Scenes Tour at Tower Bridge (Southwark)
B Tower Bridge is offering a rare and extended tour to the hidden depths of the most famous bridge in the world.
(Cost: £29)
8:00 PMReopening of the Hampstead Observatory (Hampstead)
F The winter openings of the telescopes at the Hampstead Observatory takes place tonight -- weather permitting.

 

Saturday, 20th Sep

All DayThe Mystery of Edwin Drood: Solutions and Resolutions
B All-day conference to discuss Charles Dickens final, and incomplete novel.
(Cost: £25)
All DayBermondsey Street Festival (Southwark)
F Bermondsey Street Festival is an annual celebration of music, dance, arts, cuisine and creativity.
10:00 AMMonthly weekend opening at the Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)
The Museum tells the story of the mansion house, as it was used as the Headquarters for Fighter Command during WW2.
(Cost: £9)
10:00 AMCrystal Palace High Level railway walk (Sydenham)
F A guided walk to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the closure of the railway line between Nunhead and the Crystal Palace in 1954.
10:00 AMLondon Film Convention (Vauxhall Bridge)
A day of talks, stalls and celeb signings -- all related to cult films.
(Cost: £5)
2:00 PMBarking and Dagenham’s Riverside Industries (Becontree Heath)
F B Mark Watson’s illustrated talk paints a bustling picture of Barking and Dagenham crammed with busy wharves,
2:00 PMCandle Making (Tottenham)
B A practical talk with local beekeeper then have a go at making your own beeswax candles.
(Cost: £4)

 

Sunday, 21st Sep

10:00 AMHorseman's Sunday (Paddington)
F The vicar of St John's Church will appear before his congregation on a horse

 

Monday, 22nd Sep

8:00 PMBehind the Scenes Tour at Tower Bridge (Southwark)
B Tower Bridge is offering a rare and extended tour to the hidden depths of the most famous bridge in the world.
(Cost: £29)

 

Tuesday, 23rd Sep

12:30 PM Roy Hamilton: My life as a compositor (Whitechapel)
Roy Hamilton will narrate his experiences of working in this dying trade, and talk about typefaces, typesetting and page production.
(Cost: £1)
2:00 PMLondon’s River
F B A talk about the history of the River Thames
6:00 PMThe General Election, 1945 (Barbican)
F A talk about the first ever Labour election victory, in 1945.
6:30 PMReturn of the King (Whitehall)
Guided walk based on locations associated with King Charles II.
(Cost: £8)
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'.

 

Wednesday, 24th Sep

2:00 PMPolicing the River Thames
F B Rob Jeffries, retired Police Officer and Curator of the Thames River Police Museum, will speak about the history of the service.
6:00 PMGates to Egypt: Mapping Fantastical Worlds
F B A talk about the spaces in which Egypt has entered London and offer ways of physically and virtually connecting Egypt to London.
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.

 

Thursday, 25th Sep

2:00 PM Talk and book launch: Maps: their untold stories (Richmond)
F B Hear from the authors as they explain who made these maps, why they were made and what they tell us about the politics of the time.
5:30 PMFirst World War series: Veiled warriors: allied nurses of the first world war (Harley Street)
F B Christine Hallett introduces her new book, which delves behind the romantic myths of First World War nursing.
6:30 PMBehind the Scenes at the Horniman - Tour of the Horniman Offsite Store (Forest Hill)
B Visitors will be taken on a tour of the stores by specialist staff who will pick out highlights from the collections.
(Cost: £10)
7:30 PMFrom Zeppelin Nights to Bomber's Moon: London Under Fire in Two World Wars (Clapton)
F B A talk by two wartime era book authors.

 

Friday, 26th Sep

6:30 PMLive Debate: Are Cities Good for Us? (Barbican)
B Panel discuss the various lures and perils of urban life,the rise of mega-cities, and the nature of city living.
(Cost: £11.50)

 

Saturday, 27th Sep

All DayWalk London
F A weekend of free guided walks all around the city. Most are turn up on the day -- some need booking.
10:00 AMHistory Tours at ZSL London Zoo (Camden)
B Visitors to ZSL London Zoo are invited to take a step back in time and embark on a historical tour of the world’s oldest scientific Zoo.
(Cost: From £21.59 (includes entry to London Zoo))
12:30 PMThe Great River Race
F Around 300 boats race from Millwall to Ham along the Thames.

 

Sunday, 28th Sep

All DayWalk London
F A weekend of free guided walks all around the city. Most are turn up on the day -- some need booking.
10:00 AM Local History Fair (Dartford)
F Twelve local societies will be ready and willing to talk to visitors about their particular interests
10:30 AMCrossness Engines Sewage Metropolis Steampunk Convivial (Abbey Wood)
B Get your Victoriana on in this celebration of the wacky and wonderful world of steampunk set in the awe-inspiring Crossness Pumping Station.
(Cost: £8)
10:30 AMKempton Classic Car and Bike Show (Feltham)
More than 50 magnificent pre- and post-war vehicles on display at the steam engine museum.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMCoalhouse Fort Open Day (Tilbury)
Occasional open day at the riverside military fort.
(Cost: £4)
1:00 PMThe London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Costermongers Harvest Festival Parade Service (Bishopsgate)
F Annual display and festival of the Pearly Monarchs in the Guildhall courtyard.

 

Monday, 29th Sep

6:00 PMSleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Barbican)
F This lecture explores new ways of understanding the crisis that brought war to Europe in the summer of 1914

 

Tuesday, 30th Sep

6:30 PM2014 Stirling Prize Stories (Regent Street)
B The architects shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 come together to reveal the stories behind their buildings
(Cost: £12)
6:30 PMDesigning the New Routemaster (Covent Garden)
B Stuart Wood, Head of Innovation at Heatherwick Studio, led the team that designed the bus and reveals the thinking behind the design decisions.
(Cost: £10)