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For the Curious: September in London for under £10

London is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to London.

Ok fine, that’s actually Douglas Adams talking about space – but you get the point. London is a big city with a lot going on. To the outsider (and to many insiders) it can feel difficult to really tap into everything that London has to offer. This is why we’ve put together a events calendar for August, featuring a variety of interesting talks and exhibitions – all for £10 or less.

In chronological order…

– 3rd September: Mark Radcliffe: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music at the British Library. Broadcaster and writer Mark Radcliffe talks to Edith Bowman about his new book Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music, a warm, intimate account of a momentous time in his life, and being at the most famous junction in music history. (£8 for under 18s)

– 4th September: Humanising Medicine at the Wellcome Collection. Come and hear neurologist Parashkev Nachev discuss his work using supercomputers to bring a more humanised approach to medicine. (free)

– 5th September: From Buggery to Bridalshowers: LGBTQ+ Rights Post-Stonewall at the British Library. In delivering the annual Eccles Fulbright lecture, Markus Bidell marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. (£7-10)

– 6th September: Red Bull Music Festival Coded Language at the British Library. Discussion hosted by Kieran Yates, with Wretch 32, Steel Banglez, AM (Skengdo & AM) and Bridget Minamore. (£9.20) 

– 12th September: The Body in Pictures at the Wellcome Collection. Featuring historical highlights from Wellcome Collection and insights from anatomy lecturer Jennifer Paxton, this talk will explore how the long tradition of anatomical illustration continues to this day. (free) 

– 12th September: Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Cultural Change-makers at the British Library. Panel includes Jamal Edwards, Liv Little, and Rick Lowe. (£7-10)

– 14th-22nd September: The London Design Festival. An annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design. (prices vary but lots is free) 

– 18th September: Reader as Witness – Panel Discussion at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. Join authors, Sally Bayley, Alice Jolly and Miranda Gold for an illuminating evening of readings and discussion to explore how fiction and memoir invites us to bear witness. (free)

– 20th-22nd September: World Wide Wander: Borough Market with Street Wisdom. Learn how to tune into your surroundings and take inspiration from urban environments. (free)

– From the 25th September: The Art of Innovation at the Science Museum. The Art of Innovation explores the relationship between science and art over the past 250 years, and how it has helped to interpret, study and explore the world around us. (free)

– 27th September: World Wide Webs: Our Interconnected Planet at the Natural History Museum. Join over 150 scientists and explore networks in nature, sustainable solutions to today’s environmental issues, how digital technologies give us access to the latest research and how delving into the past is key to protecting the future of our planet. (free)

We’ll share our October event calendar soon. If you have anything you’d like to add, please get in touch at

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