London – The Reawakening
From theatres to exhibitions, iconic London institutions to unique cinematic experiences, discover our top suggestions to experience the capital without the crowds as the city gradually comes back to life.
4th September 2019
September is officially the month to celebrate the River Thames – London’s iconic river running right through the heart of the city. A thriving calendar of events awaits this year, including art installations, a stand up paddle boarding regatta and archaeological walks. You can even take part in an open water swimming event in the river itself…if refreshing dips are your thing!
Shop in a festival-like atmosphere on Regent Street on Sunday 15 September when the road becomes pedestrianised for the day. In place of the usual traffic there will be food and drink stalls, plus a quirky array of activities and entertainment. It’s perfect for a day spent ducking in and out of the shops and soaking up the buzz of London life.
Taking place from 18 to 29 September in London’s West End, this year’s Raindance Film Festival is the 27th festival. An absolute must for film fans, Raindance 2019 includes an extensive programme of UK and international independent film screenings. From shorts and features to documentaries and music videos, the festival offers something for everyone. There are also a number of talks and panels taking place, virtual reality events, and a range of networking events.
The only place to be on Sunday 29 September is Trafalgar Square, where the day is all about celebrating Japanese culture. There will be Japanese food and drink stalls aplenty, as well as traditional music, dance, martial arts displays and family-friendly activities.
Opening on 11 September at Tate Britain, this exhibition delves deeper into the life and works of the painter, printmaker and poet William Blake. A true icon of British art, this exhibition includes more than 300 of his works. The show also includes a recreation of a small domestic room in which Blake showed some of his art in the early 1800s, providing a unique and immersive angle to the exhibition.
Members of the public can get involved in London Fashion Week from 13 to 17 September like never before. Tickets gain you access to designer catwalks, creative and experiential spaces, plus the #PositiveFashion Designer Exhibition looking at sustainability and ethics in fashion.
Soak up the unparalleled atmosphere of glass sculptures lit up in London’s prestigious Kew Gardens during evenings throughout September. Featuring the enchanting glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, these works can be discovered amid the pristine gardens of Kew. Accompanied by magical lighting and a changing soundtrack of live music performances every evening, this is a one-of-a-kind London experience.
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