The kids are finally back at school and Brits across the country are racing to catch the last few drops of sunshine before autumn sets in. Yup, it’s September again.
Even as the summer slowly fades, there’s still a tonne of exciting events happening across London. With the school holidays over, it’s the perfect time of year to explore the city’s cultural side. From art exhibitions to architecture festivals, you’re guaranteed to find something that will stimulate the sense and get the cogs whirring. Let’s take a look at some of London’s best events for September
The London design festival
This is, for sure, the biggest event of the month. London Design festival is set to sweep the whole city, featuring exhibitions, events, and artistic extravaganzas in a variety of locations. It’s landmark projects will show off the design prowess of the capital’s most talented designers. See an enormous tower made solely of paper tubing on the South Bank, a giant chess set in Trafalgar Square, a huge magnetic penny, and the beautiful light reflections room at the V&A. Take a look at the website to explore the massive range of fascinating projects to see.
Exploding on to the art scene of the 80’s, Jean-Michel Basquiat defined the American neo-expressionist movement with his brash and boisterous street art. His blend of contemporary urban imagery with something definitively Afro-Carribean was a breath of fresh air for the modern art scene. Explore a stunning retrospective of Basquiat’s best work for the first time in the UK at the Barbican center.
Fawlty Towers dining experience
If you’re looking for something a little different this month we’ve got a real treat for you. Fawlty Towers is a classic of British comedy with global appeal. Now, you can experience what it would be like to a guest at the infamous Fawlty Towers restaurant. If you love to laugh, don’t miss out on this sublime dining experience. Just don’t order the Waldorf Salad.
Open House London
If you’re a fan of fine architecture then this is the event for you. Eight hundred unique and marvelous homes across London will be opening their doors to the public in the city’s biggest celebration of housing design. You’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see inside 10 Downing Street, as well as Lancaster House, the Gherkin, and a host of other landmark buildings. The event is free, so check it out today.
A Late Summer Night’s Dream Ball
A splash of sophistication is always welcome on any London itinerary. The Late Summer Night’s Ball offers it in spades. Step into a mystical world high above the streets of Royal Kensington for their famous Shakespearean masquerade ball. The fairies gather for food, drink, and dancing aplenty at this dazzling extravaganza.
One of the stranger events we’ve featured, but certainly one of the most interesting. Wanderlust is the world’s first ‘mindful triathlon’ event, and features a 5k walk or run followed by 90 minutes of yoga and a guided meditation. Join thousands of fellow truth seekers and put your mind at peace.
Hamlet with Tom Hiddleston
This interpretation of the Shakespearean classic has premiered to rave reviews and national acclaim. Although tickets are only available through random ballet, we highly recommend that you try your luck. Put yourself in the running for a truly unique experience and a performance that you won’t likely forget.
That’s our top picks for this month’s events. Don’t forget, our London tours offer unique and fascinating experiences all year round. For a sophisticated day around the city check out our London in Style tour.