The weather is getting colder and gloomier every day, and with many of us coming back from sun-filled holidays it can feel quite dismal. However, we are here to help and have picked out the best events happening in Bethnal Green this September, to make life feel exciting again, despite the cold weather.

Philosophy Café – 6th September – St Margaret’s House (chapel)

The philosophy café is one of St Margaret’s House’s most popular events. The theme of the café this month is ‘Why we bother with philosophy?’ This question is one that comes up often in philosophy, whether you feel philosophy is simply for academics, or whether you feel there is a purpose that goes beyond academia, come to St Margaret’s House and share your thoughts in an open discussion.
Free admission, 19.00-21.00
St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

Subduction Zone – 9th September – Rich Mix

Subduction zone is a cutting-edge music and dance production exploring identity. The story is based upon a Sri-Lankan Tamil woman, born and raised in the East End of London and deals with issues such as racism, feminism and cultural appropriation through the medium of performance. The show promises to be incredible as it will combine South Indian Classical Music with genres of Western Music such as grime so it is something everyone can enjoy.

Suitable for Ages 15+, tickets: £8-10
7.30pm – 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Open House London – 16th September – Oxford House

Oxford House is taking part in the capital’s largest annual architecture festival. On Saturday the 16th September, Oxford House will be offering one of their regular free tours of the secret Victorian Chapel and Pocket Park. Oxford House is enclosed in history and was the first university settlement. Although it has now been turned into an arts and community centre in the heart of the East End, it continues to be a historic building and one that is worth seeing – especially the hidden Victorian Chapel.
Admission: Free, 10am-5pm
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom

Behind the Scenes Tour – 17th September – V&A Children’s Museum

Get a behind the scenes tour of the V&A children’s museum with archivist Gary Haines – for free. The main focus of the tour will be the stories behind some of the paintings and sculptures in the museum. The tour will also involve talking about the museum’s history in East London.
Admission: Free, however places are limited so book now.
12.00 -14.00, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, United Kingdom

By Thufayel Ahmed
Oxford House Volunteer Blogger