As summer draws to a close in September, the city of London comes alive with many exciting events. From the beginning of the month, you’ll witness new and continuing events in culture, fashion, art, sport, entertainment, you name it. This article will break down the top 10 events to attend in London during September so that you don’t miss out.
The River Thames holds a lot of historical significance to the great city of London. So, it’s only right that there’s an event to celebrate its existence—The Totally Thames Festival. Usually, the event covers the entire month (1st – 30th September) and features many river-inspired art and virtual activities that teach about the river’s history.
The exhibitions, performances, and other event activities take place along the stretch of the river bank, except for river cruises and night-time flotillas that take place on the water. The event is free and family-friendly. So, feel free to show up with friends and family, including the younger ones.
London Design Festival
From September 17 – 25, London turns into one huge gallery display for dynamic designs and projects from the world’s best artists, designers, and architects. The London Design Festival features over 200 exhibitions and workshops in some of the most unique spaces in London.
Take a walk around to admire the creative masterpieces and learn about the designs. The 2022 theme will focus on addressing the main societal challenges.
Open House London
If you’ve always wished to peek inside London’s iconic structures, you’ll get your chance during the Open House London festival 2022. It takes place from 8 – 22 September. All the legendary landmark buildings and spaces around the city open their doors to the public for free tours and guided walks.
To get the full list of buildings that will open their space to the public, and also inspect the festival’s program, check this site.
This is the biggest classical music festival in the world. It takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in London until 10th September and features performances from a wide range of musical geniuses.
This year, the event will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. So, you can expect nothing short of a legendary show.
The Buckingham Palace Tour
Throughout September, Buckingham Palace allows people to visit and explore the residence while the Queen is away. The palace is a combination of history, art, and an unmatched style. So, you can bet there’s a lot to see and soak in. From the lavish decor to the fine art on the walls and the throne room, you’ll know how it feels to be in the presence of royalty.
This year’s tours are even more special as visitors will get access to the Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession which contains her early portraits and some of her jewellery collection.
The tickets for this event are highly sought-after, so you should book early.
The Play That Goes Wrong
How about a good laugh? Mischief Theatre will be presenting its award-winning comedy, The Play that goes wrong at the Duchess Theatre on Catherine Street in London’s West End. The performances take place every Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 7:00 PM.
It’s a 1920s murder mystery where the accident-prone actors struggle to make it to the end, but then, everything that could go wrong actually does—in a hilarious way. The play would probably be the best 2 hours of your September in London.
Other comedy shows you can attend in September include Chris Rock & Dave Chapelle London at the O2 Arena on the 4th, Richard Herring at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and Adam Kay at the OVO Arena Wembley on the 24th.
London Fashion Week
If you’re a fashion designer or enthusiast, the London Fashion Week is the place to be this September 16th – 20th. The event brings together the best industry professionals to showcase their designs, network, and collaborate.
Consumers from around the world get a chance to interact with the designer, shop at industry-inside prices, and learn about fashion trends.
Turning Tides Festival
Eclectic live music performances, delicious street food, a pop-up bar, and an overall great vibe are what you’ll get at the Turning Tides Festival. It will be at Tide Square on the weekend of September 10th -11th, and entry is free. So, all you have to do is show up and have a good time.
From 14th September to 13th November, the Regent’s park will be turned into a vast outdoor gallery. This year there’ll be artworks by artists like Ugo Rondinone, Alicja Kwade, and John Wood. Therefore, the usual walk in the park comes complete with diverse artistic displays. It’s a free entry event.
Pub in the Park
Everything about this event is tasty, from the 150+ dishes being cooked by renowned London chefs like Angela Hartnett and Atul Kochhar to the live music performances by great artists like Craig David, Soul II Soul Soundsystem, and Basement Jaxx. The event will be on 2nd – 4th September at Chiswick House & Gardens, Chiswick.
So, if you’re a foodie who enjoys the thrill of live music outdoors, this event should be at the top of your list. Not every day, you get to sample food from the top chefs in London and experience exciting performances from artists.
That’s it for events in London during September. All that remains is to mark your calendar and prepare for an eventful month.