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Things to do in London in September

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

September, the month the children go back to school after the long Summer holidays.

The time the Christmas ads start appearing and hopefully the month we'll see some sunshine.

If you need some inspiration of things to look forward to in September, here's some ideas for things to do in London in September. .


1) VISIT AN ICONIC BUILDING


You may have walked past and looked longingly at these buildings but have you been inside. Learn the secrets, facts and beauty of these places.



St Pauls from the Millennium Bridge
St Pauls Cathedral


St Pauls is a vibrant church, national treasure and London icon.

For the cost of one adult ticket £20.50, you can return for an entire year.

You have access to the cathedral floor, crypt, multimedia guides, installations and exhibitions.




The Monument is a tribute to the Great Fire of London and is open daily.

The Great Fire of London rendered 85% of London homeless.

The Monument was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hook and was erected in 1677.

The building stands at 202 feet, and is located 202 feet from where the fire started on Pudding Lane.

You will need to able to climb 311 stairs to get to the top of the Monument.

Once you're at the top you will be rewarded with a 360 degree view.

Tickets are £6 per adult and £3 per child.






Westminster Abbey holds over a thousand years of history.

Westminster Abbey has been the venue for coronations, weddings and is the resting place of 17 monarchs.

Visit Westminster Abbey to witness its beauty and learn about its history.

Top things to see inside the Abbey are the 700 year old coronation chair, the lady chapel and poets corner.

It costs £27 a ticket to visit and you can transfer this ticket on the day for no extra cost to visit twice more.

You're welcome to join any service at Westminster Abbey for free.



A picture of a sunny river Thames with St Pauls in the background
The River Thames with St Pauls



The 27th Totally Thames Festival runs from 1st September until 1st October.

Celebrating all things about the River Thames.

There's a strong focus on protecting the environment and sustainability

There's events across London for the entire month of September.

Expect theatre, walks, art, talks, boat trips, river races and even a climate cabaret. A great event to discover and learn more about the wonderful River Thames.



A stein of beer
Oktoberfest


3) CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST IN LONDON


Confusing but Oktoberfest actually starts in September.

Oktoberfest is a beer festival and travelling carnival that happens annually in Munich.

It runs this year from 16th September to the 3rd October.

You don't have to travel to Munich to celebrate, just head to one of these London bars.

Expect steins of Bavarian beers, sausages and oompah bands.





Bierschenke is a bar in Covent Garden serving German beer and food.

They only serve Bavarian draft beer and the staff wear Lederhosen.

The furniture is made from Bavarian wood and the sausages are from Germany. .

They are running Oktoberfest celebrations from September 20th until November 4th.


Between the Bridges is a riverside venue on the Southbank.

On 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of September they are running Oktoberfest events.

The entertainment includes the Old Dirty Brasstards, Massaoke and singalongs.

There'll be Bavarian food and Bavarian steins available. Tickets from £15.68.


Located right next to London Bridge station, serving classic German beer and street food.

Bermondsey Bierkeller are celebrating Oktoberfest from 16th September until 28th October.

They have live oompah band performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.



4) BOOK FESTIVALS


The Chiswick Book Festival is bringing together much loved authors from 6-13th September.

The program includes a mixture of well known names and local Chiswick authors.

Authors attending include Alan Titchmarsh, Jacqueline Wilson, Louise Minchin and Chris Tarrant.

There's talks, walks, quiz, children's story time and theatre.

Book tickets online from £5.





The Queens Park Book Festival takes place on 2nd and 3rd September.

A family friendly book festival, held in a 30 acre park in London.

Authors at the festival include Rob Biddulph, Sebastian Faulks and Michael Roux. Tickets range from £5-£15.


Wanstead Book Festival is part of Wanstead Fringe Festival happening from 9th-30th September.

Authors attending include Ian Dunt, Jonathan Coe and Natalie Lee. Tickets are £10.

Also If you love wine, Must Wine are running their own wine fringe festival alongside the Fringe Festival. There'll be Saturday wine tastings, live music Sundays, book readings and art.



5) FOOD FESTIVALS


The Home of Food is a new food festival at the home of cricket in September.

Expect masterclasses from well known chefs, wine tastings and kids cooking classes.

How could it take place at Lords without some family friendly cricket thrown in too!

Chef Tommy Banks is headlining the show which is taking place on the 9th and 10th September.

Use code HOFFSIZZLER for £25 tickets and kids go free.



a picture of an urban farm. Plants are growing from the walls and it's green and lush
The Future of Food - Urban Farm


The Future of food is a week long festival in Regent Street and St James's.

Taking place from 18th-24th of September. Celebrating sustainability and London's varied and vibrant restaurant scene.

23 restaurants are taking part with 17 events and Regent Street's first urban farm.





The World Halal Food Festival is taking place at the London Stadium in Stratford on 23rd-24th September.

Now in its 8th year, it's the biggest and longest running halal food festival in the world.

There's food, live cooking demonstrations, shopping, eat-offs, dessert and kids zone.

Tickets from £13.50.



Things to do in London in September


A poster showing the Chiswick in Film Festival
Chiswick in Film Festival


It's all go in Chiswick this time of year it seems!

The Chiswick in film festival is running from 29th September-1st October.

A collboration between the Chiswick Calendar and Chiswick Cinema.

It's a celebration of films that show Chiswick on the big screen.

Head to Chiswick Cinema for in person film screenings and Q+A's.

Sir Stephen Frears and Ricky Tomlinson will be in Q+A with more to be confirmed.



7) VISIT A HISTORIC HOME

London has many historic homes you can visit. Many have been preserved and restored to make you feel like you've stepped into a time capsule and travelled back in time.


Chiswick House is a stunning historic house and garden with over 300 years of history hidden in its walls.

Every Friday during September get 50% off family tickets using code FamilyFridays23.

Join English Heritage to gain entry to properties including Chiswick House.


Burgh House is located in Hampstead Village and was built in 1704.

It's a grade one listed Queen Anne mansion house and a gallery, arts and events space. Entry is free.

The house is open 10am-4pm on Wednesday-Friday and Sunday (not on Saturdays), but the café is open Wednesday-Saturday (10am-5pm during the week and 09:30am-5:30pm at the weekend).




Leighton House is right next to Holland Park and the former home of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton. A beautiful home inspired by Leighton's travels.

It's £11 a ticket and there's also a cafe.

Combine with a visit to Sambourne House where illustrator Linley Sambourne lived.






Open House is an annual festival celebrating London's architecture and urban landscape.

Open House is running from the 6th-17th September. The festival gives you the chance to look inside places you wouldn't usually get access to.

There's also walks, tours, and film screenings.

Register for a visitor account to gain more booking information



9) CATCH A THRILL


There's plenty of experiences in London to get your blood pumping and face smiling.



A speedboat on the Thames. Turning and making lots of spray
Thames Rib


The Thames Rib is London's speediest boat. It's billed as a supersonic sightseeing tour.

Experiences last from 20-60 minutes and you can pick rides with or without commentary. Prices start from £32.50.

*I went on a Thames Rib for a birthday and it was hugely fun and slightly scary. Be warned you may get a little damp.

You can book the boat for private hire trips.



Go Ape offers tree top adventures, challenges, zip lines and segway rides.

In London, Go Ape have 3 locations - Ally Pally, Battersea Park and Cockfosters,

Slightly futher out, in Chessington, you can go on a quad zip line with 3 of your mates at the same time!





A picture of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit with a giant slide attached
Arcelor Mittal Orbit


The viewing tower in the Olympic Park has a giant slide attached.

So head up, enjoy the view and travel down via the world's longest tunnel slide.

It's 178 metres long and has 12 turns. It costs from £19 with gift vouchers available

I've done this, its very fun!



10) IMMERSIVE DINING EXPERIENCE

Enjoy dinner whilst being entertained with all your senses are heightened.

The Lost Estate is playing 'The Greatest Night of the Jazz Age' until September 30th.

Set in 1930's New York at the opening night of Belle Livingstone's 58th Street speakeasy.

There's live performances, jazz, prohibition inspired cocktails and a Manhattan themed feast, all diets catered for.

Dining tickets start from £115 with VIP tickets £245.

Park Row is a DC comic themed restaurant.

Monarch Theatre pays homage to some of DC's heroes and villans

Taking diners on a cullinary and visual journey using floor to ceiling screens and 360 degree projection mapping.

It's a 20 seat, 10 course tasting experience.

It's £135 or £195 including drinks pairing. Vegetarians are catered for



A sculpture with a group of people surrounding
Sculpture in the City




Sculpture week is a collaboration with Sculpture in the City, Frieze Sculpture, The Line and the Mayor of London's 4th plinth program.

London Sculpture week is taking place this year from 16th-24th September with free guided tours including BSL tours.

SculptureFest takes place on the 16th September. It's a free family filled, artistic fun day taking place at The Leadenhall building.

You can also find a map and more information about the sculptures to explore yourself on the website.



Hand showing a pot being made on a wheel
A potters wheel


12) TRY SOMETHING NEW


London is a hive of creativity and activity, so take advantage of this and get inspired.

Join a workshop or class and learn a new skill.


Mudgang is a ceramic studio based in SE1.

They run beginners throwing workshops on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.

The classes have a maximum of 6 people.

The class is £68 and includes all the materials you'll need. Your 2 favourite pieces will be fired and glazed and ready to collect in 4-5 weeks.

There's other more advanced and longer workshops available also


Always fancied yourself as a writer?

Join Write and Pint for their monthly writing workshops. Write and Pint is for people who like writing, eating and drinking.

The workshops are informal and social and the next one takes place on September 16th.

It runs from 11-4pm in Finsbury Square and costs £35 including lunch, tea and coffee and a drink.

All levels welcomed. You can also book one on one sessions with Sean.


London's original florist that was founded in 1876.

You can order beautiful flowers and plants from the website for yourself or for gifts.

You can also book a workshop at Moyse Stevens flower school.

Workshops last from 2 hours for £95 to week long Essential floristry course for £1495.

You can learn to make your own bouquet, Christmas wreath or how to arrange flowers in a vase.



A climbing wall with people hanging off of it
The Arch - By Andy Day


The Arch has climbing centres in London in Bermondsey, Burnt Oak, Canada Water and Acton Town.

They offer climbing for children and adults, and are frequented by beginners and world class athletes.

You can book a 60 minute intro class for £10 on weekday daytimes or £20 evenings and weekends.

This includes a day pass, shoe hire, chalk and an instructor.

A different way to work out with a sense of adventure.



A back soho of a gown that says Muhammad Ali. Taken from his fight with George Forman
Rumble in the Jungle - London


Rumble in the Jungle is a mixture of immersive theatre and a music festival.

Travel back to 1974 to Kinshasa where Zaire 74 festival and Muhammed Ali's iconic fight with George Forman took place.

Taking place at Dock X in Canada Water from the 14th September.


I hope my things to do in London in September blog has inspired and excited you to have a wonderful September in London.

















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