What’s on in London for September 2017

The Summer season is still in full swing, and there is still plenty of things to see and do this month. With new shows opening in the West End and lots of music, plus free shows in Trafalgar square and Hyde Park, take a look at our top 10 months recommendations for London events. If you require tickets for any of the shows, or music events, then try contacting Harmony Cars, who will be able to help with both tickets and chauffeur car services. They can be contacted on 07976374498 or email: info@harmony-airport-transfers.com

No 1. 1st to 30th September 2017 “Totally Thames 2017”.

See London’s river Thames brought to life in a month-long season of events along the river’s 42-mile (68km) stretch during the Totally Thames 2017 festival.

This year’s 150 events fall under three main themes: the river Thames’ rich history, the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music, and the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

Walk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, exhibitions and live performances. Enjoy a concert below river-level or join an archaeological tour of the river’s surroundings. See boats of all sizes cruise down the river, or get on the water yourself with watersports and boat parties.


Art Installations and Exhibitions

Spot Maria Arceo’s Future Dust, a large-scale art installation made from plastic collected along the Thames, which moves to different riverside locations. The artwork lights up as night falls thanks to artist Tim Scheffer. 1st-30th Sep.

Explore the history of the Thames’ boatyards through photography, film and interviews in a series of Working River: London’s Boatyards exhibitions. 1st-30th Sep.

See river-inspired works of art created by young people from around the globe in the Rivers of the World exhibition in City Hall and along the Thames pathway from More London to South Bank. 1st-30th Sep.

Music and Spoken-word Performances

Descend into Tower Bridge to experience Iain Chambers‘ Bascule Chamber Concerts, featuring classic and contemporary performances inside the subterranean Victorian space which houses the bridge’s huge counterweights during lifting. 22nd-24th Sep.

Listen to the Kid’s Choir of 400 primary school children perform songs including a response to Handel’s Water Music at The Scoop. 17th Sep.

Hear the talented young Boat Poets’ spoken-word responses to their Thames residency at the National Poetry Library, Tongue Fu Boat Party and MBNA Thames Clippers. 6, 25 and 28th Sep.

Activities on the River

Cheer on your favourite crew during the Great River Race, as traditional boats race their way from Millwall to Ham. Some race competitively, while others take part just for fun. 9th Sep.

Learn about one of Britain’s most iconic engineers while journeying along the river with a Thames Boat Trip: Brunel’s London. 1st-30th Sep.

Enjoy an evening of poetry, comedy and music as you sail down the Thames at the Tongue Fu Boat Party. 25th Sep.

Jump into the Thames alongside other experienced swimmers for the Tidal River Swim around Chiswick Eyot. 2nd Sep.

Have fun paddle boarding while cleaning up the river at the Plastic Ocean Festival’s afternoon of Paddle & Pick. 30th Sep.

No 2. 3rd September 2017 “ZEE London Mela” at Gunnersbury Park.

Soak up the vibrant atmosphere at the huge outdoor South Asian festival, ZEE London Mela in Gunnersbury Park, which welcomes visitors from all backgrounds and communities.

Established and emerging artists take to the stages for a programme packed full of live entertainment showcasing traditional and contemporary South Asian culture. Head to one of the three main stages to enjoy Bollywood, urban or classical music and dance, as well as comedy, cabaret and circus by British Asian and international acts.

There’s also plenty of Asian-influenced art, fashion and sports activities, including a funfair and family entertainment, and delicious dishes at the Tastes of Asia food market.

Stay until the end to be treated to a colourful fireworks display which lights up the skies above the park.

No. 3. 9th September 2017 “BBC Proms in the Park” at Hyde Park.

Experience Britain’s largest open-air classical music event with BBC Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park.

One of the highlights of the BBC Proms calendar, this spectacular annual outdoor concert is full of patriotism and British eccentricity. Taking place on the closing night of the two-month classical music festival, the main evening performance culminates in a live link-up with the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional Last Night finale.

Enjoy performances from an incredible line-up of acts, including headliner Sir Ray Davies, Bryn Terfel, Elaine Paige, Gilbert O’Sullivan, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Steps, Texas and the cast of Five Guys Named Moe. Tickets: From £47.50.

No.4. 12th September 2017 “John Legend” at The O2.

Hear multi-award-winning John Legend perform at The O2.

Listen to soulful tunes from the American musician’s critically acclaimed new album, Darkness and Light, alongside some of his best-loved tracks.

Winner of a Golden Globe, an Oscar and 10 Grammy Awards, the R&B artist’s highly anticipated world tour arrives at the iconic venue in London. Tickets: £88.45.

No.5. 15th September to 2nd December 2017 “Labour of Love” at Noel Coward Theatre.

Laugh your way through 25 years in the life of MP David Lyons in Labour of Love at Noel Coward Theatre.

Set in the Labour heartlands, the play tells the tale of an MP whose main concern is winning votes, while his long-suffering constituency agent battles to help her community.

See The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman return to the London stage as Lyons, alongside BAFTA Award-winner Sarah Lancashire as constituency agent, Jean Whittaker.

This world-premiere production, written by acclaimed playwright James Graham and directed by Jeremy Herrin, brings together two highly regarded theatre companies, Headlong and Michael Grandage Company. Tickets: From £40 to £95.

No.6. 21st to 24th September 2017 “London Fashion Week Festival” at The Store, 180 The Strand.

Taking place just after London Fashion Week (15 to 19 September), one of the “big four” fashion trade shows in the world, and in the same venue, this public festival formerly known as London Fashion Weekend lets everyone in on the fabulous world of fashion.

Spot the latest fashion trends for the AW17 season with catwalk shows featuring pieces from renowned designers and up-and-coming talents. Shop more than 150 designer brands at special show discounts. Hear fashion editors, stylists and other industry experts share their stories and advice on making it into the world of fashion. Plus, enjoy a spot of pampering with beauty treatments, hairstyling and more activities. Tickets: £21.60

No.7. 22nd to 24th September 2017 “BBC Good Food’s Feast at Tower of London.

Sample the best of London’s culinary scene during BBC Good Food’s Feast at the Tower of London.

This three-day event features 200 food and drink companies, bringing you the latest trends, approaches and flavours of 2017, all within the dry moat of the Tower of London. This year’s exhibitors include Tails Cocktails, Capsicana and World of Zing.

Explore a multitude of cuisines from all over the world and see top chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and John Torode showcase their skills in live cooking demonstrations and interviews. Tickets: from £18 to £20.

No. 8. 24th September 2017 “Japan Matsuri” in Trafalgar Square.

Experience a taste of Japanese culture as the vibrant Japan Matsuri returns to Trafalgar Square.

The annual festival transforms this central part of the capital into an outpost of Japan, with a heady mix of music, dance, food and family entertainment.

Enjoy martial arts demonstrations, music from popular Japanese artists and traditional dance routines across two stages, as well as taiko drumming performances.

You’ll find delicious Japanese treats in the food market and little ones can get creative with calligraphy and origami workshops. Plus, sing your heart out during the Nodojiman karaoke.

No.9. 27th September to 28th October 2017 “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at Royal Opera House.

Follow Alice as she falls down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House.

Explore a magical new world with the talented stars of The Royal Ballet, including Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae.

From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts, the dancers take on the roles of these characters in this acclaimed ballet production inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

The show features choreography from Christopher Wheeldon and music by British composer Joby Talbot. From: £5 to £125.

No.10. 28th September 2017 till 10th February 2018 Young Frankenstein” at Garrick Theatre.

Catch Mel Brooks’ monster musical Young Frankenstein as it receives its UK premiere at Garrick Theatre.

Frederick Frankenstein is a New York brain surgeon hiding from his well-known family history. But when he inherits his famous grandfather’s castle, he must decide whether to return to America or stay in Transylvania with his beautiful assistant Inga.

The hilarious musical is based on Brooks’ classic film and stars musical theatre talent Hadley Fraser as the scientist, with comedian Ross Noble playing Igor and TV star Lesley Joseph in the role of housekeeper Frau Blucher. Tickets: From £20 to £97.50.

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