September is a great time to visit the capital. The weather is still really pleasant, there are still a host of summer activities to enjoy, and the kids start going back to school so the streets and attractions are a little calmer. Flights tend to start getting a bit cheaper, too – bonus!
If you’re planning a trip to the capital in September, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to enjoy while you’re here. Book your accommodation early to take advantage of Central London Hotels Special Offers, too.
Gigs, festivals and concerts
The UK is famous for producing some of the best artists and musicians the world has ever seen, so it’s no surprise that London boasts some of the best gigs, concerts and festivals around. Gracing the capital with their presence on tour this September is the likes of Muse, Bonnie Tyler, Khalid and Hozier, to name a few.
If you prefer something a little more classical, you can’t get much better than BBC Proms in the Park, in London’s Hyde Park. One of the highlights of the BBC Proms calendar, this spectacular annual outdoor concert is full of patriotism and British eccentricity. Hyde Park International is a great hotel choice as it’s on the doorstep of the concert.
Fancy something totally off the wall? The Underbelly Festival on London’s Southbank brings you world-class entertainment at the beautiful pop-up festival right in the heart of the city. Packed to the brim with all new Family Fest, Underbelly Lates, Podcast Live, and the best live circus, cabaret, comedy and music, there’s something for everyone.
Art, fashion and design
If you’re looking to soak up some world-class art, design or fashion, you’re certainly in the right place. The city has some of the best galleries, museums and exhibition spaces across the globe, celebrating artists from all walks of life.
The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, features a long and diverse events programme, includes hundreds of exhibits and works to cement London as the place to be for art and design. This year is its sixteenth annual celebration and the majority of events take place from September 14th – 22nd 2019.
There’s also a William Blake exhibition at the Tate Britain, a Cindy Sherman exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and a Helene Schjerfbeck showcase at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Though the main reason art, design and fashion lovers flock to the capital during September is London Fashion Week. Running from 13th – 17th September 2019, this is the biggest event in the fashion calendar. Although you can’t buy tickets for the main event, you can buy tickets for the London Fashion Week Festival, which takes place over Saturday 16th Feb and Sunday 17th Feb and both days last from 10am to 7pm.
Popular sights and attractions
It wouldn’t be a trip to London without a bit of classic tourist style sight-seeing. Explore the extravagant interiors of the Queen’s official London residence, and one of the world’s few enduring working royal palaces, at Buckingham Palace this summer from 22nd July – 29th September. Whilst you’re there, enjoy a striking display of British pomp and pageantry, as you watch the exciting Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard, which is a recurring event. There’s great Hyde Park Accommodation nearby, too.
Additional highlights in September include Open House London – where you can discover iconic buildings that are not generally open to the public, learn something new about more familiar spaces, and step into the secretive homes of the rich and famous.
The Houses of Parliament return from their summer break during the first week of September, which means that the public galleries in the Palace of Westminster will be opening their doors to guests again. Take in a debate in the iconic House of Commons, or surround yourself in magnificence in the historic House of Lords.
Fancy something spookier? Take a visit to the London Dungeons Lates – where the gruesome attraction keeps its doors open later to prolong the scarefest. Not for the faint-hearted!
If you’re strapped for time, or simply want an easy and efficient way to see everything the city is famous for, why not take a guided walking, bus or boat tour? Many of them run all year round, and some offer discounts for quieter times of the year, such as September.
Food and drink
London is a great city to tantalise your taste buds in, as there are tasty treats to find on every corner. From classic British comfort food to delicious world food options, there’s something for every palette.
There are also some great foodie events happening in September, such as the London Wing Fest. Europe’s biggest chicken wing show-down returns to London to provide the answer to that red-hot question – who does the best wings? On the 7th & 8th September at London Stadium, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, competitors from across the UK will work their cookery magic in a bid to be crowned the wing king or queen.
Keep the meat madness going at The BBQ Club – Jimmy’s BBQ Club is returning to the Southbank this summer for its 5th year with an alfresco dining terrace for 30 overlooking the Thames. Go hungry!
Feeling thirsty after all that food? And have you ever wondered how water, hops, malt, and yeast turn into delicious craft beer? Well, CRATE Brewery are throwing open the doors of its Brew-Shed to give you behind the scenes access to the beloved beer factory for a CRATE Beer Tasting and Tour.
Fancy a totally unique dining experience with an added slice of adrenaline? Take advantage of longer, warmer evenings with an experience from pop-ups hero Jimmy Garcia, for a five-course feast amongst the clouds on the Emirates Airline dubbed Sky High Dining. Jimmy and the team will cook you a tailored menu of canapes, before you enjoy a premium menu featuring scallops, lamb rump and even ‘dessert in the clouds’ – what’s not to love?
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