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What's on in London this September 2017 near Kensington

September can still mean warm weather in London and less crowds so it's a great month to be here. This month we've got some quintessentially English suggestions as well as some more unusual ideas too.

BBC PROMS IN THE PARK

As mentioned last month, The Proms are on at the Royal Albert Hall until Saturday 9 September when there is the popular (sold-out) Last Night of the Proms. This finale event can still be enjoyed at the BBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park.

As well as big screen link-ups to the Royal Albert Hall, the event also has impressive live concerts. It's not all classical music here as legendary singer-songwriter and The Kinks frontman, Sir Ray Davies is the headline act.

Sir Ray is joined by leading soloists including bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, singer and actress Elaine Paige and 1970's sensation Gilbert O'Sullivan. Steps and Texas bring the pop songs, and the early evening entertainment also includes a performance from the cast of Five Guys Named Moe.

LORD'S CRICKET

Visit the Home of Cricket on 7-11 September to see the England vs West Indies Test Match and soak up the atmosphere. If you are sitting in the stands there is no dress code at Lord's Cricket Ground, and you can bring a picnic or pre-order a picnic hamper.

If rain does stop play for a while do go to the MCC Museum as it is completely free for ticket holders. Here, you can see the famous Ashes urn (it is really small!) and lots of cricket memorabilia.

OPEN-AIR CINEMA

Take a short trip to Battersea Park this month for three evenings of open-air cinema. La La Land is on 12 September, Jurassic Park on 13 September and Moulin Rouge! on 14 September.

Premium tickets include a reserved Director's chair in a prime location to watch the movie, a complimentary drink in the Luna Bar and priority access to the bar and hot food.

If you miss these nights, there are also film screenings at Fulham Palace this month. See La La Land on 20 September and The Great Gatsby on 21 September.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR

A suggestion that isn't dependent on good weather is a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Spirit Collection at the Natural History Museum. Available most days, the tour is run by science educators who take you to see the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

Within the Darwin Centre, visitors get to see numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here; many collected by Charles Darwin himself. One of the highlights is Archie, a 8.62-metre-long giant squid.

Do note, bags are not allowed on the tour but you can use the cloakroom for free with your tour ticket.

ENLIGHTENED PRINCESSES

Kensington Palace has an interesting exhibition about the lives of three German princesses. Enlightened Princesses features Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte, whose marriage into the British royal family and their wide-ranging interests placed them at the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain.

The exhibition brings together for the first time at the Palace almost 200 objects owned by the princesses, including many highlights from the Royal Collection, the Yale Center for British Art and the royal collections of Denmark and the Netherlands.

SHOWSTOPPER!

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is on at The Lyric Theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue, on Monday 18 September.

The 90 minute show is driven by spontaneous suggestions shouted out by the audience so you never know what is going to happen. There are seven cast members and a live on-stage band ready to take directions from you!

It is all totally ad-libbed and improvised to create an unpredictable all-singing, all-dancing production. As you would hope, this can have hilarious results as each show is a brand new musical.

STAR WARS SHOES

Opening on 1 September, The Museum of Brands in Notting Hill has an exhibition to launch Star Wars™| Po-Zu footwear. The display tells the story of this ethical and sustainable brand, with shoes inspired by the film's lead characters Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Chewie and even Stormtroopers.

I wasn't sure what to think about this but the Star Wars shoes actually look really wearable. And as the museum's permanent exhibitions include science fiction characters from Dan Dare, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Star Wars, as well as fashion, it makes this collaboration a perfect fit.

If you are planning a trip in London this September, check-out Fraser Suites Queens Gate special offers and promotions! We are located in the heart of Kensington and surrounded by tourist attractions. 

 

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: Lord's Cricket Ground: © Associate Affiliate  |  Proms in the Park: © Neil Rickards