Top 10 Things To Do In London In September 2016

Top 10 Things To Do In London In September 2016

The best events, food and music in London in September 2016!

Forget the post-summer blues, there’s still plenty to get out of bed for this September! From the Totally Thames Festival to London Fashion Weekend and a chance to revive that Olympic spirit with Brazil Day, here’s my guide to London In September 2016!

Totally Thames

This month we’ll be celebrating the heart and soul of London – yes the River Thames! With tonnes of great riverside restaurants offering discounts, 2-for-1 tickets on river services, and plenty of great art, music and film it’s a jam-packed month of fun.

A few highlights to look out for… Floating Dreams – a major art installation by Ik-Joong Kang made from 500 drawings, illuminated from within and located by the Millennium Bridge. And Fluxland – a converted boat covered in mirrors which will travelling up and down the river.

When: 1-30th September
Where: Over 150 events taking place at venues across London

London Fashion Weekend AW16  

Looking for some fashion inspiration? Want to sit on the frow? The Saatchi Gallery will be transformed into a super-cool fashion experience for London Fashion Weekend, with its own catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty workshops and talks from fashion’s elite.


When: 22nd – 25th September 2016
Where: Saatchi Gallery

Crazy Culinary Experiences

Two weird and wonderful dining events kick off in September. First up, Dinner at The Twits at The Vaults in Waterloo. The immersive experience will be serving up a grotesque banquet inspired by Roald Dahl’s book. Described as ‘the worst dinner party in the world’ you can expect to see the likes of bird pie, worm spaghetti and a very bloody mary on the menu.

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Meanwhile, immersive culinary wonder-kids Gingerline kick off their Autumn season with The Chamber of Flavours 2.0. It’s hard to know what they have in store as they keep their cards so close to their chest, but the website asks “What would happen if inter-dimensional instances entwined? If the boundaries between separate realities became blurred, if there was a convergence of culinary continuums? Well, intrepid travellers… You’ll see.” I can’t wait to find out more!

When: All month
Where: Dinner at the Twits takes place at The Vaults in Waterloo while Gingerline are keeping their venue secret!

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 

Some of the most beautiful sailing ships in the country will display their tall masts as they head up and down the Thames in Greenwich. After watching the boats on the water, there will be music, entertainment and fireworks. It looks set to be a great send off as many of the ships are planning to cross the Atlantic next year!


When: 14th – 18th September
Where: Greenwich

Great Gorilla Run

One of the funniest sights you’ll ever see in London – hundreds of people in gorilla costumes running through the streets.
With approximately 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, the Great Gorilla Run encourages people to get involved and raise money. The 8km route is perfect for all abilities – you can run it or walk it… but most importantly have fun for a great cause.

When: 17th September
Where: London Bridge Station

Meatopia UK

Carnivores listen up, London’s meatiest festival is back with top chefs creating delicious dishes from prime cuts. With music from the likes of Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Professor Green and Norman Jay, plus craft beer and big names in the culinary world including Yotam Ottolenghi, Argentine BBQ master Francis Mallman and Michelin-star holder Niklas Ekstedt, it looks set to be a great weekend. Arrive hungry!

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When: 2nd – 4th September
Where: Tobacco Dock

London Design Festival 2016

September is a month packed with creative events in the capital, none more so than the London Design Festival. This year there will be over 400 large-scale installations, exhibitions and events across London. One of the highlights this year is ‘The Smile‘ by Alison Brooks – a 36m-long curved rectangular tube made from cross-laminated hardwood which you can climb inside. Plus The V&A Museum will be hosting unique design pieces including a cinematic stairwell and a 20-metre-long undulating ribbon. Meanwhile, over in Soho will be L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët – an immersive champagne drinking experience in a bio-responsive garden. Sounds like my kind of design!

When: 17th – 25th September
Where: Venues across London

Brazil Day & Malaysian Night Market

While the Olympics may have been and gone, the buzz of Rio is heading to the centre of London for a celebration of all things Brazilian! With Brazilian music and dancing, Trafalgar Square will enjoy its very own carnival! Plus there will be highlights from the Olympics on the big screen so you can re-live some of our top medal moments all over again.

Meanwhile, towards the end of the month, it’s time to put the spotlight on Malaysia with a special night market in Trafalgar Square. Get your food fix with laksa and tasty fried delights, plus you can  pick up some ingredients to cook up your own Malaysian feast at home.

When: Brazil Night is on 10th September and Malaysian Night Market is on 24th September
Where: Trafalgar Square

Open House London

From ancient wonders to the latest in modern skyscrapers, when it comes to architecture, London really does have it all. Open House London offers the chance to take a peek inside buildings usually closed to the public. If you enter the ballot you might get the chance to snoop around 10 Downing Street or The Shard. Other highlights include a tour of the Royal Astronomical Society on Piccadilly, the historic Custom House on the Thames, and ‘Gogglebox’ – a unique butterfly roofed glass extension in Ealing.

When: 17th & 18th September
Where: Venues across London

Hackney One Carnival

After the fun of Notting Hill Carnival, Hackney’s streets will come to life with outrageous costumes, live music and plenty more! Head to Hackney Town Hall Square to check out some of East London’s best musicians, while Gillett Square will be transformed into an all-day play area. Once the carnival procession has passed, head to Ridley Road for the after-party. Expect reggae, soca and Brazilian music along with delicious international food stalls.

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When: 11th September
Where: Hackney

For more great things to do in London, check out visitlondon.com and keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram to see how many I tick off this month!

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Top 10 Things To Do In London In September 2016

  • Floating Dreams sounds incredible, and I’d add the London’s Burning festival to the list