From reviving all-important moments in history at the Chelsea History Festival to feasting on epic street food from some of the best chefs in the city, September is a month of celebration in London. The capital springs to life the moment September hits via a plethora of awesome events taking place across the city; the only real challenge is fitting everything into your schedule. From music and food to design and urban architecture, here’s our list of the top things to do in London in September.
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Raise your steins at Bierfest
Prost! Munich has touched down in London for a celebration of all things German, and it starts with copious amounts of traditional German beer served by the stein, of course. Along with the endless amounts of beer, you can expect Bavarian beats by a live Oompah band, a traditional genre of German music by The Bierkeller Boys, as well as German-inspired eats and a range of games, from football and ping pong to interactive darts and shuffleboard.
Bierfest | WA | The Bermondsey Bierkeller | Various dates from Friday 2nd of September 2022
Celebrate the Queer community at Pxssy Palace Presents Overflo Festival
Next up on our list of the top things to do in London in September is Overflo Festival by Pxssy Palace. This brand spanking new festival In Peckham’s Burgess Park invites you to celebrate Queerness within club culture, music and nightlife. It will highlight some of the very best global and local Queer, Black, Indigenous, POC, Trans and Non-binary talent via everything from workshops and talks to live performances, DJ sets and artwork. Expect creativity and community by the bucketload with this one and be sure to don your best dancing shoes; it’s going to be a fun one.
Pxssy Palace Presents Overflo Festival | Burgess Park | 18th of September 2022
Eat, drink and dance at Pub in the Park
The UK’s biggest celebration of food and music has landed in London for four food-filled days of culinary creativity. Enjoy food by top chefs at award-winning restaurants to the sound of thumping live music by the likes of Craig David, Beverley Knight and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, to name a few. Expect to see Sri Lankan delights from London mainstay Hoppers, Michelin-star pub grub by The Hand and Flowers and fragrant Thai dishes by The Begging Bowl, plus much more.
Pub in the Park | WA | Chiswick House & Gardens | 2nd – 4th of September 2022
Spectate or take to the water at The Great River Race
If you took the London Marathon and put it on the water, you’d get The Great River Race, a 21.6-mile boat race starting in London Docklands and travelling up to Ham in Surrey. 330 crews travel from all over the world to participate in this annual event, ranging from all abilities and levels, from professional athletes to fancy dress racers and charity stunts. Whether you’re taking to the water yourself or merely spectating, you’re guaranteed a day filled with fun and light-hearted laughter.
The Great River Race | WA | River Thames | 10th of September 2022
Experience the very best of London architecture at Open House Festival
Every year, Open House Festival grants access to some of the most iconic buildings in the city during a celebration of the architecture and unique urban landscape of London. As a visitor, you’ll get to explore some of the city’s most magnificent buildings, neighbourhoods, landscapes and homes of locals who welcome the public to tell the interesting story of their space. This year is the 30th birthday of the annual festival, so it’s going to be a pretty special one.
Open House Festival | 8th – 21st of September 2022
Embrace creativity at London Design Festival
This year, London Design Festival returns for its 20th anniversary over nine days, celebrating the city as the design capital of the world. The festivities aim to provide a much-needed platform for creatives and designers to showcase their work whilst offering a glimpse at the incredible diversity of the talent found across London and the UK. Expect a programme of installations and museum exhibits, as well as collaborations and Design districts that are each depicted to reflect the local community.
London Design Festival | 17th – 25th of September 2022
Celebrate the River Thames in all its glory at Totally Thames
This annual festival celebrates the lifeblood of the capital over a month-long period of walking tours, talks, workshops, exhibitions and much more. The River Thames has seen it all, it’s been a mainstay in London since before the capital even existed, so it only feels right that it has its very own dedicated festival and is on our list of top things to do in London in September. From river races and floating art shows to parades and tidal swims, it’s sure to be a month of exhilarating activities and experiences all centred around the very river pumping life right through the city centre.
Totally Thames | 1st – 30th of September 2022
Revive history at Chelsea History Festival
Last up on our list of top things to do in London in September is Chelsea History Festival, one for history enthusiasts. The Chelsea History Festival is an annual event that brings the past to life via various talks, tours and performances. Expect a captivating conversation about the Kings and Queens of England and a talk centred around the powerful women who were struck from history books but shaped the world we know today, plus much more. The itinerary is jam-packed with a fascinating immersive programme that reveals history spanning many centuries. From storytelling to garden tours, it’s the perfect opportunity to sink your teeth into world history in a truly unique way.
Chelsea History Festival | Chelsea | 17th – 25th of September 2022
Heading along to any of these events? Make sure you tag us in any of your photos or videos @loveandlondon; we can’t wait to see which places you choose to explore!
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