As late summer slowly begins to become autumn, London is as energetic as ever. Tall ships sail along the mighty River Thames, some of the biggest names in classical music perform for thousands in an outdoor extravaganza, and both the capital’s vibrant fashion and design scenes are put in the spotlight. Join in on these standout events throughout London in September to see the city in a new light.

BBC Proms in the Park

London in September

With this year marking 20 years since Proms in the Park was first held, popular musicians and famous names like All Saints, comedian Tim Minchin, and the flautist Sir James Galway will be performing alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Choral Society in Hyde Park. As Britain’s largest outdoor classical music festival, this spectacle promises to be unforgettable.

BBC Proms in the Park
10th September 2016

Totally Thames

London in September

Running throughout the month, this annual waterside festival is set to be bigger than ever before.  This year, 150 events will be held in celebration of the mighty river, encompassing exhibitions, performances, fireworks and tours, as well as free activities both on the water and along the riverbank. There couldn’t be a better time to discover the life and history of this waterway.

Totally Thames
1st – 30th September 2016

Open House London

London in September

Another of the capital’s anticipated annual events is Open House London, in which hundreds of London’s most interesting buildings open up to the public, for free. Established to promote the city’s inspiring design and architecture, this event gives people the opportunity to experience a lesser-seen side to the capital. For a more informative experience, time your visit to coincide with one of the talks or guided walks.

Open House London
17th – 18th September 2016

London Fashion Weekend

London in September

Step into London’s vibrant fashion scene by seeing the latest trends on show at London Fashion Weekend within the suitably fashionable Saatchi Gallery. Catwalk shows, talks with experts in the industry, and the chance to buy some of what you’ve seen on display, make this an unmissable event for anyone on the hunt for cutting edge fashion.

London Fashion Weekend
22nd – 25th September 2016

Sail Greenwich 2016

London in September

Coinciding with Totally Thames, this annual event brings a fleet of impressive Tall Ships to the Thames. And these majestic vessels aren’t just for show; visitors can step aboard for a river cruise unlike any other. Sailing from the Greenwich Heritage Centre to the Woolwich Royal Arsenal Pier, these cruises enable passengers to take in the river’s sights.

Sail Greenwich 2016
15th – 18th September 2016

London Design Festival

London in September

Celebrating London as a design capital of the world and the city’s international creative community, London Design Festival showcases the work of a diverse range of artists in different design disciplines. Over 400 events and exhibitions will be held across various venues, including Royal College of Art and The V&A, so visitors can hop between shows.

London Design Festival
17th – 25th September 2016

London Flower Show

London in September

In the midst of Britain’s harvest season, London Flower Show showcases the UK’s flourishing blooms in the grand Osterley Park in West London. Across four days, show gardens, displays of both flowers and local produce, and horticultural competitions, will be held alongside art installations and live entertainment.

London Flower Show
8th – 11th September 2016

With so much to see and do in London, it can seem as though a visit is never long enough. This can in part be resolved by joining a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s most famous sights. The London in One Day tour with Evan Evans enables you to take in Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, as well as a Thames River Cruise, without having to navigate your own way between them. For more river-based exploration, step aboard the legendary ship Cutty Sark, and the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), The Royal Observatory.

Image credits: Cover photo of the River Thames in London © iStock. BBC Proms in the Park © Flickr / Tanya Hart. The River Thames © iStock / Deejpilot. City Hall during Open House London © Flickr / Martin Pettitt. London Fashion Weekend © Adrian Scottow. Sail Greenwich © Flickr / Daren Clarke. London Design Festival © Flickr / The Incidental. Osterley Park where London Flower Show takes place © Flickr / ricoeurian.