Get rid of those end-of-summertime blues, because with festivals galore and more events than you can throw a meatstick at (if you're attending Meatopia, that is), London is packed full of so many different events in September, you're bound to have a tough time fitting it all in.
Whether you're into architecture, theatre, music, food or even Korean ceramics, there's a little something for everyone when it comes to spending the month of September in London:
1. Dig deep into Amy Winehouse's roots at the Jewish Museum
Does the end of the summer season make you want to go "Back to Black"?
Well if you're a massive Amy fan and you've listened to Frank on repeat numerous times, or even if you're just curious about one of the most influential 21st century British songwriters, the Jewish Museum is hosting a fascinating exhibition on the late singer's private life.
The Jewish Museum's exhibition (titled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at the Jewish Museum") covers everything from her clothing, personal photographs and even her own record collection. The museum also highlights her own Jewish roots and links to London, as well as an art installation by her close friend and street artist Pegasus.
The exhibition is on until September 24th, and you can find more information about it here.
2. Explore London's many architectural gems (for free!) at Open House London
Are you in love with London's architecture? Well luckily the folks over at Open House London love it too. So much so, that they're giving members of the public a chance to explore some of London's most loved and/or secret venues - entirely for free!
Not only will you get the chance to snoop around some of London's most hidden and closed doors, you will even get to tour around some of the most notable buildings in the city (like 10 Downing Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the BT Tower, just to name a few).
The event will be held during one weekend and one weekend only (September 16th and 17th), and because some of the most famous buildings included in the event are only available to view during specific times, you will need to book a spot beforehand; (and obviously spaces are limited). Nevertheless, with 800 different venues to explore (ranging from schools and academies, to cemeteries, estates, palace gardens, nature parks and much more), there certainly won't be a shortage of places to see during this annual event.
For more information on the different buildings included in the roster (and how to book a spot to view them), check Open House London's official website by clicking here.
3. Sample some deliciously meaty goodness at Meatopia
Do you want to start the month of September off with a bangin' burger? Well from September 1st to 3rd, London will be hosting its meatiest of meaty food festivals, during which chefs, butchers and restaurants from all over the UK and even the world will be dishing out some delicious samples of their best meaty dishes.
From ribs, BLTs, pork belly, goat cutlets, ox cheek, or even just a good ol' cheeseburger - you name it, Meatopia has probably got it
The event takes place at the Tobacco Dock on Friday night (from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Saturday (from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.), and Sunday from (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Ticket costs range from £23.85 to £34.45 depending on which date you plan on attending, and you can find more information here).
4. Watch a film in the great outdoors for The Luna Cinema series
Until September 28th, The Luna Cinema is giving you the wonderful opportunity of spending a warm (or hopefully warm) September evening watching a classic film under the stars.
Heralded as the #1 Open-Air Cinema in the UK, some of the many venues included for the event are Greenwich Park, Battersea Park, Kew Gardens, Brockwell Lido, Alexandra Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tooting Common and many, many more. There will be food and drink available to purchase at all of the sites, but you'll also be allowed to bring your own food for a picnic as well.
Plus with films like Pulp Fiction, Casablanca, Back To The Future, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Breakfast at Tiffany's and La La Land, no matter what type of movie geek you are, there's bound to be a film right up your alley for this fantastic event.
You can see the movie schedule, ticket prices and showing locations here.
5. Drool over some ground-breaking designs at The London Design Festival
Returning for its 15th year and spread out over countless locations around the capital (some of which are in the city's most notable landmarks like the OXO Tower, the V&A Museum and Somerset House), this festival covers every design sector imaginable: From fashion and architecture, to photography, textile and typography (which is said to be the strongest movement in this year's events), visitors can take part in a variety of product launches, trade shows, activities and even workshops and talks.
There's actually 500 different events to choose from (yes, you read that right) taking place over nine days (from September 16th to September 24th), and covering several different districts in London (Islington, Queen's Park, Clerkenwell, Chelsea, Brompton and Shoreditch, just to name a few)
Some of the events are free to attend (like The Glass Chain, the OXO Tower Wharf, Contemporary Korean Ceramics, the STACtile Launch, and the Building the Royal Albert Hall), while others may be ticketed (like the bound-to-be popular Pink Floyd exhibition); so make sure you check the official website and plan your visits and budgets accordingly.
For more information, check out the official website here.
6. Watch a theatre performance at a super bargain price for the Discover Theatre series
If the cost of a London West End theatre ticket makes you sweat a bullet or two, then sweat no more. Because for the entire month of September, theatre-lovers will get the chance to experience a ton of different West End theatre productions for a super cheap price.
From up-and-coming comedic productions to long-standing musical favourites, some of the many productions included in the Discover Theatre series are The White Bike (at The Space), The People Versus Donald Trump (at The London Theatre), The Sword And The Dope (at Waterloo East Theatre), Dolphins And Sharks (at Finborough Theatre), Window (at The Bread and Roses Theatre), Judith: A Parting From The Body (at Omnibus), The Community (at Stockwell Playhouse), and many, many more. Plus you can even snag some two-for-one tickets on productions like 9 To 5 The Musical at Upstairs At The Gatehouse!
For more information on how to book tickets, click here.
7. See the Thames like you've never seen it before at the Totally Thames Festival
For the entire month of September and with events spread out over 17 different boroughs in London, this month-long festival is packed full of all sorts of artsy and cultural celebrations focusing on everything and anything Thames related.
There's Bascule Chamber Concerts taking place near the Tower Bridge, a Rivers of the World Exhibition at City Hall, and even a Tongue Fu Boat Party at Butler's Wharf! Even landmarks like Cutty Sark and the Tate Britain are joining in on the fun by hosting some events for the festival as well, (with the latter hosting a fascinating The Thames in British Art Free Guided Tour every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of September).
For more information check out the Totally Thames Festival's official website.
8. Watch the riveting Great River Race
On September 9th, London will be hosting its annual Great River Race, which is basically a massive boat marathon up the River Thames.
Over 330 crews consisting of nearly 2,000 competitors from all over the world take part in this spectacular rowing competition, who range from committed athletes to just someone looking for a fun day of competition (and even the chance to dress up in fancy dress or costumes for charity!)
The marathon stretches over 21.6 miles, racing from the Isle of Dogs (from the east) to Ham House (to the west), and spectators can take part in a wide range of festivities along the Thames starting at noon, which range from donkey rides, a children's beach, live music, tons of food and drink stalls, and even a happenin' riverside party at Ham.
For more information on The Great River Race click here.
9. Attend the BBC Good Food Feast at the Tower of London
From September 22nd to 24th, the Tower of London will be hosting a delicious three-day event packed full of nearly 200 food and drink companies from all over the world.
Not only will attendees get to sample everything from British gin and Spanish churros, they can even attend some live cooking demonstrations, participate in a tutored tasting, listen to some live music, or eavesdrop on interviews by some of the most renowned chefs in the world.
This fantastic foodie festival takes place on Friday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), and ticket costs range from £10 to £20 depending on what day you want to attend, and how long you plan on attending for.
For more information click here.
10. Sit in on a catwalk at the London Fashion Week Festival
From September 21st to 24th only, The Store Studios (at 180 The Strand) will be hosting its ever-popular London Fashion Week Festival, and this year is bound to be a doozy.
Besides shopping for designer brands at bargain prices, attendees can even sit in on talks hosted by some of the best experts in the fashion industry, and even watch a cat walk to get the down-low on next year's trendy designs.
You can choose between three different types of ticket packages for the event: The £20 package allows you event access as well as a chance to attend "Industry Insider Talks" and shop for different designer brands, while the £40 package allows you to attend a Trend or Designer catwalk. (If you have the funds for it, a £60 package allows you to see both a Trend catwalk AND a designer catwalk show).
For more information on the different type of ticket packages, click here.