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 13 to 19 September 2017. TALK / Orhan Pamuk In Conversation Nobel Prize-winning...

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 13 to 19 September 2017.

TALK / Orhan Pamuk In Conversation

Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk (pictured) takes the stage at the Southbank to read from and discuss his newest novel The Red-Haired Woman; an investigation into a murder 30 years ago in Istanbul and a fictional inquiry into the fundamental myths of the West and the East. Inspired by the Turkish city itself, the man behind 2016 Man Booker International Prize nominee A Strangeness in my Mind is one of the world’s most celebrated and formally inventive authors. And in this unique event Pamuk will “reflect on reading and seeing, the tension between state and individual freedom, and chronicling the life of a city in which civilisations continue to collide.” Boyd Tonkin, a writer and critic who chaired the Man Booker International Prize 2016, hosts the talk.

15 September, 7.30pm, tickets from £15, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX


A new digital installation by Tekja is giving museum guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Capital’s data. This collection of London-wide information tells the stories of the city’s inhabitants and frames the changing moods of the population through real-time analysis via social media.

From September, free drop-in, Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN

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Pulse tracks social media live to see what Londoners are thinking.

TALK / Beatrix Schmidt

A lunchtime seminar with Beatrix Schmidt entitled Make the most of your time and then switch off aims to educate all who will listen on the art of managing time more efficiently. Author of The Deep Sleep Method and a reformed troubled sleeper, Beatrix urges guests to bring a diary so they can begin to apply what they learn immediately!

21 September 12.30pm to 1.30pm, free but booking advisable on 020 7638 0569 or via Barbican Library, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

PERFORMANCE / Tales in Drag with Tricity Vogue

Listen to your favourite stories and discover new ones as they are read and brought to life by colourful and charismatic, gender fluid performers. Inspired by Drag Queen Story Hour in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, Wilton’s presents its own, home-grown and dressed up story sessions with added song, dance and craft. Stories have been specially selected to encourage children to be true to, and have confidence in, themselves and to embrace any differences in themselves or others – no matter what those differences may be. Storytelling will be followed by a craft session, themed to complement the magical tales told, and the hour of fun will close with another short story and/or music and dance so there will be plenty of opportunity for budding performers to show off shamelessly. Dressing up is optional though strongly encouraged.

13 September, 10am to 11am, free. Wilton’s Music Hall, Grace’s Alley E1 8JB

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Tales in Drag with Tricity Vogue

TALK / Architecture on Stage: 6a

One of the founders of award-winning architecture practice 6a will be addressing an audience at the Barbican. Founded some 16 years ago with Stephanie MacDonald, Tom Emerson’s 6a firm has developed a global reputation. Recent projects include Cowan’s Court, a residential block for Churchill College, Cambridge (2016), and a studio for fashion photographer Jeurgen Teller, in West London (2016), winners of RIBA Regional Awards 2017 and London Building of the year. Solid foundations from which to impart his views of the sector.

18 September, 7.30pm, tickets from £15, Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS

TOUR / London’s Roman Amphitheatre and Roman Object Handling 

Join a 40-minute tour of the amphitheatre and handle some genuine Roman antiquities with resident archaeologist Andrew Lane. Find out more about the Capital’s oldest sports arena and one of the most important buildings in Roman London. No booking necessary.

14&15 September, lunch-time tours 1.15pm, 2.15pm (14 September); object handling 1.15pm-3.15pm (15 September), free, London’s Roman Amphitheatre Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE 

FESTIVAL / Open House Junior

The Open House festival boasts Capital-wide popularity, and now the fun is being extended to accommodate even the youngest of those taking part. A family-focussed programme of events has been laid on in a bid to inspire the next generation of Londoners through the great buildings of the city. Highlights include City of a Thousand Architects at City Hall, where children can plan, design and build a future London skyline from the heights of London’s Living Room; Build a View Shaper at the Leadenhall Building, using the Sculpture in the City project as inspiration to create a framed view of the City; while the new Paddington Central festival hub has plenty to engage little minds including City of Bridges, where children can become the engineers of the future.

All activities are drop-­in and free­ of charge, however times and age suitability may vary, as will times. 16-17 September, 11am-4pm. Various London locations, go online to­ for full listings and information.

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Open House Junior will host fun-filled, free architecturally inspired workshops and activities for 5-11 year olds and their families.

CONCERT / LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts 

Discover more about music and the instruments of the orchestra in these concerts, with performances by LSO musicians and students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

18 September until 20 October, 12.30pm-1.15pm, free, LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street EC1V 9NG 

CONCERT / 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, tickets £10 adults; child £7 (plus booking fee), LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street EC1V 9NG

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