What’s on in London for September 2012

The sun still shines, and it is still quite warm, summer is not over yet. The kids will be going back to school in the first week of September so a lot of the tourist attractions will be a lot quieter as the month progresses.  The Paralympics are starting at the beginning of the month and there are still lots to see and do this month. Listed below are our top ten recommendations of this month’s special events and activities There is something for everyone so enjoy what London has to offer.

No. 1.  30th August to 9th September 2012 “London 2012 Paralympic Games”. Being held at various venues you can see your favourite para athletes compete in the London Games this is the biggest sporting event for disabled athletes on the planet. After seven years of meticulous planning, construction and testing, the Paralympic begins. The Games will see competitions in 20 different sports. Here are just a few of the mouth-watering events at the Paralympic Games:Paralympic Athletics (Olympic Stadium 31 Aug-9 Sep), Boccia (ExCeL London 2-8 Sep), Paralympic Road Cycling (Regents’ Park 5-8 Sep), Paralympic Cycling – Track (VeloPark 30 Aug- 2 Sep), Paralympic Equestrian (Greenwich Park 31 Aug-5Sep),Football 5-a-side (Hockey Centre 31 Aug- 8 Sep), Goalball (Handball Arena 30 Aug-7 Sep), Paralympic Shooting (The Royal Artillery Barracks 30 Aug-7thSep), Paralympic Swimming (Aquatics Centre 30 Aug- 8 Sep), Wheelchair Basketball (The O2 Arena 30 Aug- 8 Sep), Wheelchair Tennis (Eton Manor 1-8 Sep).

No 2.  7th September 2012 till the end of the year “ Dine on the Thames with Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts” held at Woods’ Silver Fleet, Somerset House, South Wing, Strand,WC2R 1LA  at 18:45 Friday and Saturday.  Climb aboard the Silver Sturgeon and dine in style while you cruise past some of the best views in London. Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts caterers have joined forces with Woods Silver Fleet to create a nautical culinary treat. Top celebrity chef Jamie’s passion for good quality British food is reflected in the menu. You’ll enjoy local free-range, seasonal, sustainable and fresh produce. The food is freshly cooked on board. The family-run Woods Silver Fleet have been hosting stylish cruises on the Thames for 60 years. The Silver Sturgeon is the flagship of the fleet and is an elegant vessel with a stunning upper deck. The cruise is a chance to socialise and have fun. The sharing feast tables are communal and the food has an international flavour.

No 3. 8th September 2012  “Proms In The Park”Held in Hyde Park 5:15 PM – 10:30  PM. Watch performances from Kylie Minogue and Il Divo alongside live footage from the spectacular Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park. Accompanied by a firework finale, this outdoor concert combines the majestic atmosphere of the Last Night of the Proms with popular music and the chance for a celebratory picnic. The Last Night of the Proms is one of the year’s musical highlights, and you can watch this magnificent concert broadcast live in Hyde Park. Not only can you join in the sing-a-long to classic Last Night songs including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and You’ll Never Walk Alone, but you can also gaze over the sea of waving flags at international stars live on the Hyde Park stage. To complete your evening, pack a picnic, pre-order a hamper or indulge in snacks and drinks from the many bars on site. All the action from the Last Night of the Proms broadcast live on the big screens.  Performances from Alfie Boe, Il Divo and the London Community Gospel Choir, presented by Sir Terry Wogan.  Early evening entertainment from acts such as Björn Again, the Chicago Blues Brothers, and the BBC Big Band, presented by Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn.  Firework finale.  A variety of food and drink options will also be available. Adult Ticket: From £35.00 per ticket

No. 4.  8th to 9th September 2012 “The Mayor’s Thames Festival” Held at various venues all over London. Join the fun a spectacular weekend of free events celebrating London and its river. The Mayor’s Thames Festival is one of London’s biggest and best free outdoor arts festivals, with a huge range of events on offer. This year the festival coincides with the final weekend of the London 2012 Games, and will be an unmissable celebration of an amazing year for London. The Mayor’s Thames Festival sees London’s riverside transformed with market stalls, street entertainers, interactive activities and more, making it a great day out for the whole family. Highlights include river races, London’s longest food and crafts market and a choral performance by 600 children. The Night Carnival has become a grand finale to the Mayor’s Thames Festival, as a colourful parade of costumed performers and musicians take over London. Thousands of people join in the procession as the lanterns, costumes and floats make their way along Victoria Embankment. The evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the river Thames.

No.5  September 8th “ Lady Gaga + The Darkness” at the Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Rd, Twickenham. If you missed out on Her Gaganess’s six-night run at the enormous O2 in 2010, or even if you didn’t, you’ll be pleased to know that for her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour she’s making a stop at Twickenham Stadium, which is four times  the size of O2’s dome. Getting a ticket shouldn’t be too difficult, but seeing her in the flesh (or vinyl, or hematite, or whatever she’s made out of) might be. Binoculars advised at this, the first of two dates. In support, reanimated enjoyably absurd, theatrical but self-aware, soft-metal/rawk troupe in thrall to Queen and Spandex.

No. 6.    9th September 2012 “London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony” At the Olympic Park: Olympic Stadium. London bids farewell to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with the spectacular Closing Ceremony, starting at 7.30pm. Called “Festival of Flame”, the Paralympic Closing Ceremony will bring the London 2012 Paralympic Games to an end and see the official handover to 2016 Host City Rio de Janeiro. The ceremony stars Grammy and Brit award-winning band Coldplay and a cast of almost 2,000 in the Olympic Stadium. With a potential international audience of 750 million, expect music, celebration and the spectacular staging that Coldplay is famous for March of the Athletes and the Paralympic Flame The ceremony sees London 2012 Paralympic athletes return to the Olympic Stadium for the last time, along with flag bearers of the competing nations. The Paralympic Cauldron, burning since the start of the Paralympic Games, is then extinguished marking the end of London’s time as Olympic and Paralympic Host City, and the final act of London 2012.

No.7. 10th September 2012 “London 2012 Victory Parade” One day after the Paralympic Closing Ceremony, athletes from Team GB and Paralympics GB will participate in a victory parade through London. Join the cheering crowds as up to 850 athletes from Team GB and ParalympicsGB progress triumphantly from Mansion House in the City of London into Central London. More details about route and timings will be announced in due course.

No.8.  September 14th till 19thJanuary 2013 “ Let It Be” held at The Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS. After the noble failure of ‘Backbeat’, the musical about the Beatles’ early years that didn’t actually have any of their actual music in it, here comes what the crowds really want, probably. ‘Let It Be’ is ‘a media rich theatrical concert’ which features a journey through the Fab Four’s back catalogue from rockin’ beginnings to psychedelic end days. It is the first time the theatrical rights to the band’s back catalogue have been granted to a West End production and it feels like a safe enough bet that ‘Let It Be’ will sell out this limited run with relative ease. Tickets are from £20-£60

No.9.   22nd to 23rd September 2012 “The Cake and Bake Show” at Earls Court  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The British are embracing baking like never before, it’s become one of our biggest growing trends and to celebrate this, the UK’s first baking exhibition. The Cake and Bake Show offers something for everyone with an array of features that will appeal to home bakers and professionals alike.  Adult Ticket: From £12.50 per ticket , Child Ticket: From £5.00  per ticket

No.10.  September 29th, 2012 “Arsenal Chelsea Barclays Premier League” Held at the Arsenal Emirates ground. This game is a London derby between two of the capitals top teams. With a 12:45 p.m. kick off, this promises to be a thrilling match between two teams who always feature high up in the Premiership. Also Chelsea are the current European Cup holders so they will want to show dominance in this major clash of the season. Tickets from Arsenal Box office.



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