Events in London – September 2013

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Music, comedy & film

Live bands and stand-up comics appearing in London this month

Leicester Square Theatre
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Richard Herrings Podcast

The "Podfather" Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian. Each episode in the series will appear on iTunes and the British Comedy Guide.
O2 Arena
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Unity - A concert for Stephen Lawrence

20 years after the tragic murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence, some of music's biggest names will be uniting for a special concert including Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth, Plan B, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Ed Sheeran and Soul II Soul.

Theatre shows

Treat yourself to a meal and some decent seats at the theatre

Old Vic
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Joss Ackland, in Shakespeares King Lear

Joss Ackland will be starring in one of the greatest works in western literature -- William Shakespeare's "King Lear". Lear is an ageing monarch in a divided kingdom. But when his first two daughters force him from power, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness.
Garrick Theatre
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Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain (Part II)

"Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (Part II)" will introduce you to Queen Boudicca and the Scottish rebel William Wallace. Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Charles I keep his head? And will you be able to excape the clutches of Burke and Hare?

Family & Kid’s events

How about taking your children to one of these family-friendly attractions?

Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
Regent Street
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NFL Fan Rally, in Regent Street

Get ready for the regular season game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley, with a special fan rally in London's Regent StreetThis free event will feature appearances by some of the players, coaches and cheerleaders, a large stage with music, dance acts and special celebrity guests. There will also be plenty of stalls selling food, drink and NFL merchandise.

Art & Museums

There are lots of gallery and museum exhibitions in London this September

Tate Modern
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Mira Schendel exhibition, at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern's new exhibition will be the first full scale survey of Mira Schendel's work in the UK. Mira Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil, and the exhibition will reveal her dialogues with a diverse range of artists, philosophers and critics. It will bring together over 250 paintings, prints and sculptures from across her entire career.
Charles Dickens Museum
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Charles Dickens Museum, by candlelight

Transport yourself back to the Victorian era and experience Charles Dickens' beautifully restored home by candlelight. You will be able to see the beautifully furnished interiors, and the desk where Dickens penned many of his best works.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

St. Paul’s Cathedral
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City in Spires - a tour of Wrens churches

This enjoyable walk will take around some of Christopher Wren's finest City churches. After the Great Fire of London he rebuilt 51 of them, including St Michael Paternoster Royal (Dick Whittington's church) and St Mary-le-Bow (the Cockney church). Judge for yourself which is the finest.
Kensington Palace
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Garden History Tour, at Kensington Palace

The Garden History Tour at Kensington Palace will explore the recent transformation of the palace gardens, their history, and their wider setting within the park. Also included will be the Golden Gates, the grand statue of Victoria, and free entry into the Sunken Garden (normally closed to the public).

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during September

Portcullis House
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Portcullis House - Portraits of Parliamentarians

This guided tour focuses on the art and architecture of Portcullis House, where the MPs have their day-to-day offices. Even if you're not interested in the art, it's a great way to see inside a building that you're not usually allowed into, and includes a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor.
National Army Museum
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Big Blitz Jive - 1940s dance night

Swing and jive to the sounds of the big band in an authentic 40s-style dance night at the National Army Museum. Ladies can get themselves made-up at the 1940s make-up stand, whilst gents can treat their gals to a sepia-toned souvenir photo. So get your dancing shoes on, defy uncle Adolf and party through the Blitz!

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in September then try one of these sightseeing tours

Bank of England
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Open House Weekend - Bank of England & Museum

Don't miss this rare opportunity to look around inside the Bank of England and Bank of England Museum with a free 30-minute guided tour, when parts of the building not generally accessible to the public are revealed during the "Open House Weekend".
Old Royal Naval College
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Open House Weekend - Old Royal Naval College

Don't miss this opportunity to visit areas of the Old Royal Naval College which are not usually open to the public, when parts of the building are revealed during the "Open House Weekend".

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during September

Royal Opera House
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Don Quixote - The Royal Ballet

"Don Quixote" tells the story of Kitri and Basilio, whose happy love is threatened by Kitri's father's attempts to persuade his unwilling daughter into a more suitable (and lucrative) match with the rich nobleman Gamache. Here steps in the bumbling knight Don Quixote, determined to seek adventures while searching for his beloved Dulcinea.
London Coliseum
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Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss

Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" is a story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred around a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Light-hearted and colourful, this new production is set in an Art Deco-inspired fantasy world influenced by Freud and his dream analysis. Eisenstein is to be jailed, his wife is being seduced... and Dr Falke wants to exact revenge for a past prank.

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in September, by trying these great free events

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Pearly Kings & Queens Festival (Guildhall)

The annual Pearly Kings and Queens Festival will begin at the Guildhall at 1 PM, before they parade in all their finery to St Mary-le-Bow church for the harvest festival service. They really a sight to behold -- they come in their hundreds decked out from head-to-toe in their black and white whistle and flutes (whistle and flute = suit, for all you non-cockney speakers), covered in thousands of pearly buttons, badges and sequins.
The Scoop
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Free outdoor screening of Hitchcocks The Birds

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (cert 15) at the Scoop -- the riverside amphitheatre near City Hall. "The Birds" is one Hitchcock's most thrilling films, where a wealthy young socialite ends up in a small town where bizarre things start to happen.

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during September

Wembley Stadium
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NFL: Minnesota Vikings v Pittsburgh Steelers

The NFL is coming to London! Get down to Wembley Stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers will taking on the Minnesota Vikings in a real NFL season game. It's technically a home game for the Vikings, their first visit to the UK since a pre-season game in 1983. But for the Steelers it's new territory -- their first-ever visit to Wembley!
Charles Dickens Museum
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Reading group - at the Dickens Museum

The Dickens Museum will be the atmospheric venue for a reading and discussion group, focusing on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" and Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South". The event will be led by Dr Jane Gibney, and aims to attract some genuine Dickens enthusiasts. Readers who are less familiar with 19th-century writers will also be welcome.
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County Cricket - Surrey v Yorkshire

If you fancy catching a few innings of cricket then get yourself down to the Kai Oval for an LV County Championship game between Surrey and Yorkshire.
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