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What's on in London this September 2017 near Canary Wharf

September's recommendations include Shakespeare, graffiti painting and some unusual locations. It's yet another wonderfully eclectic month in London.

TOTALLY THAMES

For the whole of September there's Totally Thames celebrating the River Thames.

Some events that stand out include Anne Kinsky's Tropical Thames at Crossrail Place Roof Gardens. Open all month from 6am to 9pm daily, this is an installation of large-scale digitally-designed prints on aluminium panels, created specifically for the Garden. Krinsky's imagery is inspired by Thames architectural structures in southeast London – docks, piers and river walls – that were shaped by centuries of shipping and trade.

On 1 September you can join a guided walk for The Long Good Friday Revisited. This walk visits many of the east London locations from the 1980 film starring Bob Hoskins. Some are recognisable and some have changed beyond his character's wildest dreams. The guide will also talk about the recent history of the Docklands that brought the changes about with the walk ending at Canary Wharf.

And on 15 to 18 September, there are Tall Ships Cruises available again sailing between Woolwich Royal Arsenal, Greenwich and Tower Bridge, plus fireworks in the evenings too.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is offering a Behind the Scenes Tour on Sunday 17 September at 12pm and 2pm.

The tour is led by a Museum Archivist who will show some of the museum highlights and explain the museum's history within east London. The tour also includes a rare look at the Stores.

The tour is free but you do need to book online in advance.

SPITALFIELDS

Special combined tours of two east London hidden gems are available this month with a visit to a Georgian home and a living Synagogue in Spitalfields. The tours of Dennis Severs' House and the nearby Sandys Row Synagogue are on 5, 7, 12, 14, 26 and 28 September at 12pm and 2pm.

The guided tours start at London's oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue founded in 1854. After a short stroll through Spitalfields, you get to visit Dennis Severs' House – a powerful yet intimate evocation of the lives of an imaginary family of Huguenot silk weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century. You need to remain silent while exploring the house's ten rooms, each lit by fire and candlelight, to make the fictional family's story more believable.

The whole tour lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes.

STAR SEASON

This month, the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Star Season has a screening of Stargate on 16 September in the Peter Harrison Planetarium. This 1994 science fiction adventure starring Kurt Russell and James Spader sees them unlock the gateway to an ancient Egypt-like world. Arriving on a planet ruled by the despotic Sun God Ra, the travellers must escape from their intergalactic purgatory by convincing the planet's people that Ra must be overthrown. After the screening a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will look into the scientific fact behind the fiction.

And on 19 September, on the lower ground level of the Cutty Sark, you can explore the Arctic without having to leave London. As part of their Arctic inspired film season (inspired by the Death in the Ice exhibition at the National Maritime Museum nearby) there's a screening of The Revenant (2015). Leonardo DiCaprio fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team, in this Oscar winning performance.

JOHN LEGEND

Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter John Legend returns to The O2 on Tuesday 12 September with his 'Darkness and Light' tour.

Since the release of the Darkness and Light album, John Legend has co-executive produced and starred in the box office smash La La Land, which has gone on to win seven Golden Globe Awards and six Academy Awards, and performed the title track to the recent remake of Beauty and the Beast with Ariana Grande.

TITUS ANDRONICUS

This is a wonderful opportunity to see a performance by the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) captured live from Stratford-upon-Avon. Titus Andronicus is being screened at the East Wintergarden on Monday 4 September at 7pm.

This brutal revenge tragedy is Shakespeare's most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and civilisation.

POP UP PAINTING

Have you ever wanted to try and create graffiti spray paint street art? Here's your chance with this outdoor art workshop in Jubilee Park on Thursday 14 September at 1pm. This event is part of a series of Pop-Up Painting workshops in Canary Wharf.

You won't be spraying paint onto walls but will instead have a canvas for you to create your own original artwork to take home. The hour-long workshop is a social as well as a creative event and you can meet other new artists and see each other's artworks take shape.

If you are planning your trip in September, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls.  

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

 

Required image credits: Dennis Severs' House: © Dennis Severs' House