1 September–1 October
As the world-famous comedy group Monty Python celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, BFI Southbank is hosting a month-long celebration of some of their best-known work, in Monty Python at 50. Discover the influences and roots that shaped the group; you can watch screenings of Flying Circus, as well as many of the works involving members of the group pre- and post-Python, including TV shows such as Fawlty Towers and Do Not Adjust Your Set. There are screenings of all of their famous films, from The Life of Brian to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Glorious memories of the 2012 London Paralympic Games will never be far from anyone’s mind at the London Aquatics Centre this month. The World Para Swimming Championships is the world’s largest para-swimming tournament outside the Paralympics, and everyone is excited to see the best global swimming stars compete for places in next year’s Tokyo Paralympics.
Enjoy some rousing pieces of classical music at the Last Night of the Proms—the rousing finale of the annual BBC Proms season which features patriotic favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule, Britannia! and the national anthem. Some of the most famous works from across the world will also be played, from Verdi to Bizet. Don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on tickets, because the evening is broadcast worldwide. If you still have a desire for live music, Proms in the Park on the same night includes Barry Manilow, Aida Garifullina and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Muse is one of Britain’s greatest rock bands to watch live. The group, from Teignmouth in Devon, has headlined Glastonbury twice and performed at Coachella in the Colorado desert. Now, the Grammy and Brit Award-winning trio is bringing its Simulation Theory world tour to The O2. Expect to hear hits from the band’s eighth album, including Something Human and The Dark Side, while being wowed by puppet skeletons and dancers on stage.
Feel the force as the Royal Albert Hall presents Stars Wars in Concert: The Empire Strikes Back with a live orchestra. John Williams’ timeless original score is brought to life in spectacular fashion. Relive some of the most memorable moments in film history on the big screen, while creating your own memories to cherish as you listen to the orchestra in this sumptuous Victorian setting.
Head to Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, for the Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival. This 19th-century tradition sees Pearly Kings and Queens dressed in suits adorned with shiny pearl buttons, parading through the streets to St Mary-le-Bow Church. Expect Morris dancers, Maypole dancing, marching bands and even donkeys.
Celebrate Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square, an all-day event (10am-8pm), with its theme this year of Future Generations. Enjoy traditional dancing, delicious food, browse stalls and play games for all the family. Learn more about Japanese culture, with displays of kimonos and manga art. The free event is supported by the Japanese Embassy.
30 September–6 October
PAD London Design Fair’s annual visit to London brings with it an astounding display of interior design that draws inspiration from various styles and regions; it’s a favourite among designers, collectors and the public. You can expect a seamless fusion of art, photography and design influenced by ancient and modern cultures. International galleries and designers are taking part: look out for ceramics by Adrian Sassoon and jewellery from Lorenz Bäumer, formerly of Louis Vuitton.