What's On in London September 2014
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Dates: 26th July to 28th September 2014
Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round the Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence. Visitors for the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy.
Primrose: Russian Colour Photography
Dates: 1st August to 19th October 2014
Colour experiments and developments in Russian photography over a century.
Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW
Over 140 works - landscapes, portraits, Soviet propaganda, avant-garde and reportage photography - from the 20th-century, many never before seen in the UK, give a retrospective of colour experiments and developments in Russian photography over the course of a century.
Forgotten Fighters: the First World War at Sea
Dates: 2nd August 2014 to 1st August 2015
The National Maritime Museum commemorates the war with a new gallery.
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF
Part of the National Maritime Museum's commemoration of World War One, Forgotten Fighters: the First World War at Sea explores the naval and maritime dimensions of the conflict in a new gallery display opening in August 2014. Through a wide range of objects including weaponry, photographs, medals and ship models, the epic scale of the war at sea is remembered. Forgotten Fighters puts the spotlight on the personal stories, from the heroism of merchant mariners to the realities of naval battle.
Portobello Film Festival
Dates: 28th August to 14th September 2014
Screenings, talks and workshops celebrate new filmmakers and directors making waves.
Westbourne Studios: Under the Westway, 242 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5JJ
Tube: Westbourne Park Station, Ladbroke Grove Station
Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival celebrates its 18th edition in 2014. Set up with the aim of providing a platform for exciting new film-makers the festival gives daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. While the line-up for this year's festival hasn't been confirmed, 2013 featured the world premiere of Phil Strongman's Macolm McLaren Situationist biography, Anarchist, an exhibition at theLouise T Blouin Institute, and 17 days of screenings at Westbourne Studios, and the Portobello Pop Up Cinemaunder the Westway so you can expect something along those lines. The festival hasn't always had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event.
London Fashion Weekend
Dates:18th to 21st September 2014
Discover the latest fashions at catwalk shows, find the perfect addition to your wardrobe and enjoy a range of events during London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House.
BBC Proms 2014
Dates: 18th July to 13th September 2014
The greatest classical music festival on earth returns to London's Royal Albert Hall. It's time for the Proms. Each year the BBC Proms host two months of concerts, including the famous Last Night performances, world premieres of contemporary works and shows by a diverse range of artists. This year commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with a focus and reflection on the works of wartime composers, as well as songs and the musical legacy of the conflict. Among the highlights are a special War Horse prom featuring life-size puppets from the hit show, a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen, and Sally Beamish’s violin concerto inspired by Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
Open House London
Dates 20th & 21st September 2014
Celebrate London's architectural wonders as Open House London throws open the doors to hundreds of buildings and spaces in and around the capital. Popular attractions this year include 10 Downing Street, EDF Energy London Eye, Gray’s Inn and the Antony Gormley Room at the Beaumont Hotel, all of which require entry via a ticket ballot open until 7 September. Three events are also part of the ballot: Open Debate, Green Debate andArriva Mystery Tour.
Other highlights include the glass-clad City Hall (the offices for the Mayor of London), the majesticMansion House and City financial hub, the Bank of England. For something more unusual, visit Nick Baker's eco home 25C Montpellier Road, or Ott's Yard, a series of repurposed sheds and a converted workhouse laundry.
Dates: 01st to 30th September 2014
Throughout September, Totally Thames festival celebrates the River Thames with a 30-day programme of river-inspired events. These include arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, river rallies and races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, not to mention plenty of opportunities to walk and eat beside the river. Totally Thames was formerly known as The Mayor's Thames Festival.
Totally Thames events to look forward to this year include:
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival
The largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years will arrive during this free five-day festival. You will have the chance to board the Tall Ships, with an evening fireworks displays, cultural performances, music and entertainment and festival procession. 5-9 Sep
The Great River Race
This spectacular boat race up the Thames attracts more than 300 crews from across the globe. You can expect fancy dress, charity stunts, and serious sportsmen and women vying for the River Race crown. 27 Sep
Source to Sea
Follow the journey of one bottle filled with water from the Thames source in a relay event across Florentijn Hofman Commission
The artist famous for the large-scale Rubber Duck that floated its way through major cities in 2013 showcases his latest commission at Riverside Gardens. 1-30 Sep
Fire Garden by Carabosse
French artists Carabosse create a special fire garden on the site of Battersea Power Station. Explore the garden, which includes steam and fire-powered moving sculptures, candles, lanterns and flaming installations. 5-6 Sep
The exhibition will feature some of the most important large-scale printed surveys of London ever produced at the OXO Gallery. 5-14 Sep
Pearly Harvest Festival
Dates: 28th September 2014
Celebrate the harvest with the Pearly Kings and Queens, who will be wearing their traditional pearl-button suits as they parade from Guildhall to St Mary-le-Bow church. Wearing dark suits that are covered in hundreds of bright pearl buttons, the Pearly Kings and Queens of London are a charming and unforgettable sight. At this festival, which celebrates the bounty of the autumn harvest, they will be staging traditional entertainment at Guildhall before parading to St Mary-le-Bow church for a service of thanksgiving. You can expect marching bands, donkeys and a host of colourful characters at this traditional event, which raises money for the Whitechapel Mission.
Tall Ships Festival
Dates: 05th – 09th September 2014
The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 sails into Royal Greenwich, the final port of call for the prestigious event.
During London’s largest tall ship event for over 25 years, up to 50 spectacular ships are set to gather in Greenwich for a four-day nautical celebration. Having raced from Falmouth to the Isle of Wight, the ships then cruise to the capital where they berth along the River Thames. You’ll be able to admire the imposing vessels up close and take part in various activities. Join the crews for trips along the river as they show off the beautiful working crafts. This is the one of the biggest sailing events in the UK, and a rare chance to witness traditional sailing at first hand.
London Design Festival
Dates: From 13 September 2014 to 21 September 2014
See the latest in design trends during the 12th London Design Festival at venues across the capital. Leading the way in innovation, this festival celebrates the best creative talents with a range of exciting events and exhibitions.
Looking to place London as the design capital of the world, leading practitioners from all nations gather to show off their latest works. Over 300 events and exhibitions are staged by hundreds of different studios and individuals, covering a broad spectrum of design innovation.
Among the highlights of the 2014 festival is the A Place Called Home installation. This features individual "homes" erected in Trafalgar Square where, in conjunction with accommodation providerAirbnb, designers Jasper Morrison, Patternity, Raw Edges and Studioilse are each given a room to showcase individuality in interior design (from 18-21 September).
The Victoria and Albert Museum continues to play a vital role in the festival, and for 2014, it includes the interactive The Drone Aviary. These various drones taking up residency in the on-siteJohn Madejski Garden even have their own Twitter accounts, providing unique images from the flying objects. Inside, a stunning installation by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, which is composed of two giant moving sculptures, is on show during the festival at the Raphael Gallery.
Fifteen windows along Regent Street will feature special installations as part of the RIBA Regent Street Windows Project. The best of London’s architectural talent will take to the windows as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition will run for three weeks from 1–21 Sep, which coincides with London Fashion Week.