What’s on in London this month? (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)September is upon us – and there’s loads taking place in London to maintain you occupied.
Summer (Summer is Here SALE)r might have been a washout, although a final glimmer of sunshine has been forecast within the south of England – so, hopefully, there’ll be nice climate to accompany a number of the many festivals and occasions happening.
Art and trend love rs will likely be of their ingredient this September – with a number of new museum and gallery displays debuting.
Fans of exploring the capital’s ‘hidden gems’, architectural and historic websites are additionally in luck – as an array of fascinating locations are set to open their doorways to the general public this month.
And if you happen to simply fancy a dance or a tipple? Well, there are many music and booze festivals, too.
Here’s a handful of one of the best London occasions taking place in September 2023.
Totally Thames (all month)
St Katharine’s Dock throughout a earlier Totally Thames occasion (Picture: In Pictures Ltd./Corbis by way of Getty Images)The annual Totally Thames pageant brings the river of the identical identify to life in September, with a month-long programme of actions happening alongside all 42 miles of it.
Expect boat rides, guided walks, artwork trails, images exhibits and soundscape experiences. If you’re into saving the surroundings, there’s even a session for litter-picking.
Learn extra: Thames Festival Trust
Open House London (September 6 to 17)
Inside Crystal Palace Subway (Picture: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)This initiative opens up a few of London’s most architecturally-interesting buildings (some not normally accessible to the general public) by way of a variety of guided excursions and self-guided strolls.
For slightly below two weeks, you possibly can ebook tickets to discover personal properties constructed by famend architects, inside well-known estates akin to Alexandra Road, locations of worship, outdated Victorian engine homes, and Crystal Palace subway, amongst many others.
Learn extra: Open House Festival 2023
London Podcast Festival (September 7 to 17)
If you love listening to podcasts (or need to discover ways to make them), then you definately’ll need to ebook tickets to the London Podcast Festival taking place at King’s Place in King’s Cross.
Speaking on the occasion and producing reside episodes are Outcast UK’s Graeme Smith, Dope Black Mums and Dope Black Dads, Jameela Jamil (with particular visitor Caitlin Moran), The Empire Podcast workforce, Jo Elvin, Northern News and legendary supermodel and podcaster Twiggy.
Learn extra: King’s Place
Tequila & Mezcal Festival in Hackney Wick (September 8 to 9)
A novel pageant happening at Hackney Wick’s Studio 9294, it’s basically a celebration of Mexico’s agave-based alcoholic exports mezcal and tequila. Try some tipples, benefit from the flavours, and meet the distillers.
Not your drink? London’s additionally internet hosting the Wineyard market at Clapton’s Round Chapel on September 10. Later within the month, there’s a Gin & Rum Festival being held on the Kennington Oval.
Learn extra: Tequila & Mezcal Festival
Heritage Open Days (September 8 to 17)
Heritage Open Days happen throughout England, permitting entry to a number of the nation’s most uncommon museums and heritage websites – even these not normally open to the general public.
In London, a variety of bookable occasions and drop-in periods are taking place from September 8 to 17, together with excursions of the British classic (classic Sunglasses sale) Wireless and Television Museum, the College of Optometrists, Brixton windmill, and varied London cemeteries.
Learn extra: Heritage Open Days
Colourscape in Clapham (September 9 to 17)
Every yr, the weird, undeniably-colourful music pageant Colourscape involves Clapham.
Those who attend stroll by way of a ‘dazzling labyrinth of color and house, whereas having fun with reside music and performances’, together with improvised sounds, says the official description. You may must see it for your self.
Learn extra: EyeMusic and Ticketsource
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (till September 10)
Tightrope walker Tatiana Mosio Bongonga wowed crowds earlier on this yr’s pageant (Picture: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency by way of Getty Images)It’s been on since August, however the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (or GDIF) carries on till September 10 this yr – so you possibly can nonetheless see a few of its out of doors theatre, artwork and performances.
Among the remaining highlights are The Architect, an immersive theatre present which sees the viewers board a pink London bus, Dancing City in Canary Wharf, and a ‘residing set up’ referred to as RoZéO.
Learn extra: GDIF
Chanel exhibit on the V&A Museum (from September 16)
An in-depth take a look at the work of Coco Chanel, titled ‘Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto’, is touchdown on the V&A in South Kensington from mid September till February 2024.
It will chronicle the rise of the controversial French dressmaker (who was identified to have Nazi connections), the House of Chanel, and the affect her work had on the style world – with a variety of clothes, equipment and outfits on show.
Learn extra: V&A Museum
London Design Festival (September 16 to 24)
Design love rs can descend on London’s annual pageant this September, positioned in venues throughout the capital.
This yr’s programme features a Modernist Book Fair, furnishings launches, and a variety of artwork exhibits and installations exploring residence design.
Learn extra: London Design Festival
Crystal Palace Garden Party (September 17)
A free daytime occasion (10am to 6pm) on the Concert Bowl in Crystal Palace Park that guarantees a variety of stalls, picnic areas, actions, and loads of reside music performances.
It’s celebrating the Crystal Palace Park Trust formally taking up administration of the park from the native council this yr, so it’ll little question be very community-focused.
Learn extra: Crystal Palace Park Trust
Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park (from September 20)
A Frieze Sculpture piece from 2021’s present (Picture: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket by way of Getty Images)A free sculpture path positioned in Regent’s Park opens later this month, and will likely be viewable till October 29.
Curated (and narrated in a free audio information) by Fatoş Üstek, count on to see many intriguing artworks taking up the park’s charming English Garden.
Learn extra: Frieze
Sneakerness in Brick Lane (September 30)
For anybody who actually, actually love s sneakers, then Sneakerness appears a protected guess for a September time out.
Taking place inside Brick Lane’s The Truman Brewery on September 30 and October 1, this conference guarantees the chance to purchase uncommon and premium footwear, meet fellow sneakerheads, chat to consultants, and extra.
Learn extra: Sneakerness
Plus a couple of extra…
The Missing Thread, a Somerset House exhibit exploring Black British trend, opens on September 21 till January 7.
A brand new Sarah Lucas exhibition lands on the Tate Britain on September 28, and can run till January 14.
Floristry followers, be aware Strawberry Hill Flower Festival takes place from September 22 to 24.
The London Transport Museum’s Heritage Train Journeys by way of Amersham are taking place on September 9 to 10… sadly, although, the occasion is presently bought out.
BBC Proms classical music performances happen till September 9, so not lengthy left to get tickets.
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