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5 exhibitions you need to visit this September

Written by Mitra Milanovic

You can’t fully experience London without going to its creative exhibitions and vibrant cultural festivals. And with summer wrapping up and the weather cooling down, now’s the perfect time to go!

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of unmissable exhibitions you need to visit this September. So read on, gaze at some beautiful art and be mesmerised with all that London has to offer this month – trust us, you won’t want to miss these…

Ryoji Ikeda at The Strand

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1. Ryoji Ikeda at The Strand

Ever wondered what it would be like to walk into a black hole? Royji Idekda’s mind-blowing data-verse exhibition will give you the closest experience you can get through immersive art…

Manipulating sound and light with 6 colossal Meyer SB-1 speakers and an impressive light show, this multi-sensory exploration has been described by the Guardian as a “spectacular sensory overload”, “Brain-meltingly good” by Timeout, and as “one of the most intense art-experiences” by the Londonist.

This is not one to miss – book here.


Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm | Runs until 18 September 2021

Pricing: Adult – £17

 180 Studios, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA


Van Gogh Alive

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2. Van Gogh Alive at Kensington Gardens

Head over to Kensington Gardens this September because the world’s most visited immersive experience is back in London, exhibiting the life and work of the famous impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh.

This total artistic immersion will transport you into the art itself through a blend of digital displays, sound effects and projection mapping, giving visitors the chance to discover Van Gogh’s brilliance in 360 degrees.

Book you tickets here.


Opening hours: 10am – 8pm until 26 September

Entry price: Adults from £24 | Children from £14

Kensington Gardens, East Albert Lawn, SW7 2AP


London Design Festival

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3. London Design Festival

Get ready for some incredible art because the prestigious London Design Festival is returning to London in September for the 19th time!

200 events will take place across 10 nearby districts in London that blend together different types of art, drawing in the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators in the world of design. Over the years, the festival has commissioned some of the biggest names in design and has hosted some of the most iconic artistic structures in the city.


Dates: 18 – 26 September

Design districts: Brompton, Clerkenwell, Design District at Greenwich Peninsula, Islington, Kings Cross, Mayfair, Park Royal, Shoreditch Design Triangle, Southwark South, William Morris Design Line


Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

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4. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A

Explore the iconic tale of Alice and her journey to Wonderland in this brilliant immersive exhibition that traces the story’s origins, adaptions and reinventions across 157 years. From original Disney illustrations used in 1951 to Royal Ballet costumes to the impact it has had on pop culture in the 20th and 21st century, you won’t be disappointed – book here.


Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm

Entry price: £20

V&A, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL



London Podcast Festival

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5. London Podcast Festival

If you’re a podcast enthusiast, then you need to head over to the London Podcast Festival. Each year it showcases the best UK and international podcasting talent, so you’ll get the chance to watch some of your favourite shows live, meet podcast hosts and explore new shows.

This festival hosts live episode of The Guilty Feminist, The Allusionist, Fingers on Buzzers, Bad People and much more – get your tickets here!


Dates: 2 – 12 September

Pricing: Events are individually ticketed

Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG


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