In association with the City of London Corporation The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From...
In association with the City of London Corporation
The City calendar is always full to bursting with things to see, do and experience each week. From festivals and food to concerts and community fundraisers, these are the top events in the City of London for September 2017.
DAY OUT / Sky Heroes
Love World War Two history, fighter planes, archaeology or want a family day out and prefer learning about parts of London you won’t find on a tea towel? Then look no further. Returning to its former glory for a spectacular Sky Heroes event, RAF Kenley Airfield – the most intact fighter airfield from the Second World War – will be bustling with fun, historical and educational activities. There will even be replica Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes where visitors can sit in the cockpit and have their photo taken as a souvenir of the day.
10 September, 12pm-5pm, free; a free shuttle bus will be running between Whyteleafe, Whyteleafe South and Caterham train station on the day.
EXHIBITION / Totally Thames
Celebrate one of the world’s most famous rivers with a month-long festival packed with exciting arts, culture and river events. Throughout the month of September, Totally Thames will take over the 42-mile stretch and bring to life the iconic waterway celebrated as the lifeblood of the city. Join in some foreshore fun with a wide range of intriguing tours, informative talks and interesting workshops taking place across the Square Mile.
1-30 September, free to view at any time at locations across the City.
TALKS / Trowels at Dawn: Protecting the Past in Post-war London
Join renowned archaeologists Peter Marsden and Max Hebditch for a discussion on what it was what like to excavate in the post-war period and how iconic sites such as Billingsgate Roman House were discovered and preserved.
2 September, 2pm-3pm, £8, £6 concessions, £5 students
Weston Theatre, Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN
TOUR / Bullsh!tium Londinium
Meet Maximus Deceivius Mischievian, commander of the armies of mirth, and join his ranks if you dare. Armed only with wit, the troops may be little match for the forces of history, truth and common sense, but fortune favours the strange. Come and learn once and for all exactly what the Romans have done for us.
5 September until 1 October, Saturdays & Sundays midday; Tuesdays 4pm; Wednesdays 6pm; tour lasts 75 minutes and is step-free; free but booking essential.
Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street and Lime Street EC3V 1LT
EXHIBITION / Nature Morte
Discover a 16th-century art tradition transported into the modern era. Guildhall Art Gallery’s exhibition displays contemporary artworks which reinvigorate the themes of still life. Over a hundred works of art explore the transience of time and the problem of mortality, inviting us to pause and reconsider what it means to be human. Featuring acclaimed international and London artists, as well as a selection from the gallery’s historic collection.
From 7 September, Monday–Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays midday-4pm, £8, concessions £6
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
EXHIBITION / The Discovery of Roman London
By linking objects, archives and 19th-century illustrations, this exhibition tells the remarkable story of the discovery of Roman London over the last three centuries.
From 11 September, Monday–Friday 9.30am-5pm; Wednesdays until 7.30pm; open alternative Saturdays, free
Guildhall Library Aldermanbury EC2V 7HH
THEATRE / Woyzeck in Winter
Büchner’s dramatic masterpiece Woyzeck is interwoven with songs from Schubert’s Winterreise to form a distinctive music theatre production. With the central roles played by mesmerising Irish performers Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan, this startling story is set amid a terrain of broken pianos as a poor soldier earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he is driven to the far side of alienation and despair.
13-16 September, 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm, £16-£35
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
EXHIBITION / Trades of the Walbrook
Meet some of the original Roman Londoners (played by actors) whose stories were brought to life through the Bloomberg writing tablets discovered during the archaeological excavations on the site of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters. Dating back to the first century AD, these 400 writing tablets give an extraordinary insight into early Londinium, and unearth Roman London’s first voices.
16 September, 11am-3pm, free
Paternoster Square EC4M 7DX
MUSIC / LSO Discovery Opera in a Day: The Faust Legend
Spend the day making a brand new opera inspired by the Faust legend, and join in a final informal performance at LSO St Luke’s. This creative experience is the perfect way to get the whole family involved in music-making and storytelling.
17 September, 10am-5pm, £10 adults; child £7 (plus booking fee)
LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street EC1V 9NG
PERFORMANCE / House of Sound
Time-travel from medieval to present day London through an immersive sound experience. Follow the ‘Mythophones’ of the sonic trail around Cheapside to hear noises now lost to the City, from animal grunts to street vendors’ cries (11-17 September). Culminating over Open House weekend (16-17 September), live performances by musicians will play through loudspeakers in Guildhall Yard. Composed by Iain Chambers, the soundscape tells the story of the Square Mile and reveals the impact of its changing built and social environment.16-17 September, Saturday midday-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, free, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE cityoflondon.gov.uk/yardevents
CONCERT / Jim Jarmusch: Revisited
David Coulter curates a multi-artist homage to the music which runs through the veins of Jim Jarmusch’s films, from whiskey-soaked Tom Waits to John Lurie’s No Wave sax. Featuring Mulatu Astatke, Camille O’Sullivan, Alex Kapranos and more.
20-21 September, 7.30pm, £15-£30
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
EXHIBITION / Basquiat: Boom for Real
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.
From 21 September, Sunday–Wednesday 10am-6pm; Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, £16, concessions available
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
CONCERT / Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra opens the new academic year with two celestial choral works, Nicolai’s Mondchor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, with Elgar’s famous musical sketches, Enigma Variations.
22 September, 7pm, £10-£15, concessions £5
Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street EC2Y 9BH
EVENT / Annual Sheep Drive
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen will be exercising their rights as Freemen of the City of London to drive their sheep across London Bridge. Witness representatives of many of the City’s livery companies in their regalia and people dressed in sheep- related costumes, from Little Bo-Peep to shepherds from the Nativity. This year’s Sheep Drive will be led by Mary Berry CBE, well-known cook, food writer and television presenter.
24 September, 9am-4pm, free
London Bridge SE1 9BG
THEATRE / After the Rehearsal/Persona
Two Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality. Ivo van Hove directs four actors from the Toneelgroep Dutch ensemble, led by the extraordinary Marieke Heebink, on a set that transforms from the sparse to the scenically breathtaking.
27-30 September, 7.45pm, £16-£40
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS