Don’t Miss the ‘Totally Thames’ September in London

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Ola Elwassify

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29 August, 2017

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London never seizes from flourishing new events, festivals, and exhibitions matching particular interests and tastes. Graphic designers and art students will be thrilled with what London is offering this September.

‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’ exhibition will be starting on the 7th of September and it will be on until January 2018, so you have no excuse not going there. It is the first vast exhibition examining graphic design’s and health’s connection. Do you think graphic design can have a positive or a negative impact on your health? This exhibition is bringing numerous objects together to comprehend graphic design’s interpreted messages worldwide to entice, enlighten, and empower. Wellcome Collection in 183 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm. It is free of charge experience but totally worthy.

The London Design Festival will be starting on the 16th of September till the 24th of the same month offering design-related events, such as designjunction, London Design Fair, and Decorex International. On the 17 th, 18 th, 19 th and the 20 th of September, Decorex International, the long-lasting design and interior show will bring together over 400 companies exhibiting new collections from modern and traditional furniture to the newest lightning, coverings, and fabrics trends, as well as accessories. Sunday-Monday are trade-only days from 10 am to 6 pm, and the same goes for Wednesday except that it ends at 5 pm. Consumer & trade day is on Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm. The price for the public is £30, trade £15, and colleagues in Group Trade Booking £10. It will be taking place in the beautifully landscaped Syon Park, London Road.

The Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, will be showing Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy ‘Waiting for Godot’ which is famous for having a mute character and belonging to the Theatre of Absurd. Starting from the 5th of September till the 23rd the play will be performed on Monday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 2:30 pm with prices starting from £15. The Arts Theatre houses 1955 seats, reviving on its stage the plays that were written by the most influential playwrights throughout history.

The Mayor of Islington, as always, will be arriving on a boat from the London Canal  Museum to give a speech at the very beginning of the annual one-day Angel  Canal Festival before the Bell-Boat Race begins in the City Road Basin. It is a family-friendly festival with boat trips, live music, street theatre, and stalls selling books, jewellery and crafts, as well as food and drinks. The festival will be held on the 3rd of September from 11 am to 5 pm and it is for free.

And best for last, the Totally Thames Festival will start with September, and unfortunately, will end with it as well. This annual celebration of the River Thames postulates a lot of events, regattas, river races, environmental activities and more! The highlights of the festival are…

  • Rivers of the World Exhibition, which is considered as an artistic, yet an educational project with artwork from young people aged 12 to 14, will be held on the 1st of September, in City Hall, London Bridge. The attendance is for free. 

  • Midnight Apothecary in Brunel Museum every Saturday and Sunday from the 2nd of September till the 30th at 5:30 pm. The closest rail is Rotherhithe Overground and it is only for £5. You can get a cocktail, enjoy campfires, or try toasting marshmallows. They will be serving the specially commissioned cocktail ‘Sweet Thames’.  

  • You can enjoy swimming the 1500m course around Chiswick Eyot. Approximately 100 swimmers jump off the banks of Hammersmith to start the Tidal River Swim wildlyThe nearest tube to Hammersmith, Black Lion is Ravenscourt Park. It will be held on September the 2nd at 11:30 am and the registration fees are £7.50.

But the Totally Thames goes even further with the free The Great River Race on the 9th of September at 9:30 am; the free Classic Boat Festival in St Katharine Docks on the 9th and 10th of September at 12 pm; Writing The Water on the 30th of September at 11 am for £10-5; and The Big London River Quiz on the 27th of September in Westminster Pier at 7:30 pm for £15-17.


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