Good news! Any overseas visitors to the Strand Palace Hotel this September are in for a late summer treat, with the weather set to take a positive turn. Indeed the Met Office has quoted ‘temperatures generally above average, particularly across central and southern parts where it could be very warm’ – code for shorts out, sunnies on and a blessed sigh of relief that the brollies can go back into storage… well, for the majority of the time anyway.
And with the sun (supposedly) shining, we’ve teamed up with the Hotel Direct Events Guide to bring you all the latest events well worth checking out in the sun this month.
With hundreds and thousands of buses and tubes crossing the city every hour, nothing worth seeing is more than a half hour’s trip away from the Strand Palace: great news, then, for theatre buffs who will be interested to know that the open-air stage production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ returns to the Regent’s Park Inner Circle Theatre this September. Touted by The Times as “a terrific retelling of Harper Lee’s classic” and a 5 star rating to boot, this 10-show-a-week play is well worth the 4 stop tube ride from Charing Cross to Baker Street.
Nearer to home, and for those nights where shelter might be welcomed, The Telegraph insists “you’ve just got to go” to Urinetown. Ok, so the name might sound less than attractive, but you could be first in line to see this hit new musical (a Tony award-winning Broadway success) open on the 29th September, just a 10 minute walk away.
Check anyone’s top 10 list of things to see in London, and you can be pretty sure Leicester Square is on there. This is where many of the premières, from each of the Harry Potters to the latest BFI blockbuster will be screened. However, for something a little off the beaten track, we recommend heading over to Southbank, specifically to ‘The Scoop’ at More London. For it’s here that there’ll be open air screenings of cult and critically acclaimed films, from The Truman Show and E.T. to Life of Pi – some of which you may have seen, but certainly not with such a breath-taking backdrop as this. With showings from 3-26th September, it’s a short train ride from Charing Cross to London Bridge or, if you’re feeling romantic, why not take the ferry from Embankment to London Bridge City pier?
Keeping the outdoor theme alive this September is the BBC’s Proms in the Park, which coincides with the world famous Last Night of the Proms. You could find yourself bobbing up and down with a straw hat and a Pimms for £38, well worth it for the entertainment which is headlined by funk and soul legends Earth, Wind and Fire – how much more thematic could you get for an outdoor event in the month of… well… do you remember?
If you’re not planning to be in town on the 13th for the last night, don’t worry. There’s a BBC Prom in the Royal Albert Hall on each of the preceding nights, to which there’ll always be a ‘prommers’ ticket available to queue (standing room only) for just £5. How much more eclectic does it get than Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil, followed by pop sensation Paloma Faith? All only one bus number 9 away from outside the front of the hotel.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Royal Opera House is just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Should you miss The Proms, fear not: you can get your operatic fill with Leiser & Caurier’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville or perhaps Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Alternatively, world class ballerinas are in town for the critically acclaimed Manon which runs from 26th September to the 1st November. For more of an assorted ballet mix, check out a former Royal Ballet dancer-led troupe known as BalletBoyz who bring you their show: the TALENT.
And for outside entertainment? Why, just pop over to Covent Garden market before the show and witness everything from dance, to world-class street magic and illusion. In short, London is the place to be for end of summer talent and events this month.