By Nicole Hoey
If you’ve decided to cross the pond to London Town this September, you won’t be disappointed. England’s capital is full of lively entertainment and gives an immersive glimpse into British culture. Read on to discover 11 amazing things to do in London this September!
1. Totally Thames
The River Thames is 42 miles long. During this month-long festival, each bit of its banks is full of beautiful and engaging art exhibits. Starting September 1, the event is a fun way for local artists to display their craft. The organizers hope to keep people engaged and raise awareness about pollution in the area.
2. BP Portrait Award Exhibition
If you’re into contemporary art, this is the event for you. The BP Portrait Award Exhibition displays some of the finest current artwork. The award given out here is the most prestigious painting prize in the world. Naturally, the art that comes out of this competition are the best of the best. Judge for yourself all September long: the event ends in October!
Address: National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Pl, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HE, UK
Located in the historic Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Proms is an 8-week long event revolving around all things classical music. Fun fact: “prom” is short for promenade, an informal event where listeners can watch a show! If you want a special treat, snag a seat to the Last Night of the Proms on September 14, when the festival culminates with a bang.
Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK
4. The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience
From the moment you enter this interactive experience, you are plunged into the Wall Street tycoon world of Jordan Belfort. You can choose to work for the FBI and fight against the millionaires or join the wealthy life yourself as you eat, drink, and participate in the audience-involved show. No matter which path you choose, this event is spectacular. The show opens on September 5.
Address: Somewhere in Central London! The location remains a secret until you buy a ticket - exactly how the Wolf of Wall Street himself would have done it.
5. Pub In The Park
From September 6-8, Pub in the Park brings the perfect combination of delicious food and outdoor fun. The park itself is also lined with bars and musical guests which will be a great companion to all of the tasty food options.
Address: Chiswick House and Gardens, 25 Sutherland Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2QR, UK
6. Big The Musical
The play “Big” is hitting the stage in London’s West End September 6. An adaption of the 1998 movie starring Tom Hanks, the story centers on 12-year-old Josh Baskin and what transpires when he decides he's tired of being little. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or just looking for a new musical, “Big” is the play for you.
Address: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
7. London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week only occurs twice a year, making this the event to showcase upcoming trends and styles. Channel your inner designer from September 13th to 17th as the models strut their stuff on the runway.
Address: The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
8. Great River Race
London’s main river marathon, this event consists of more than 330 different crew teams fighting for first place. A spectacular event to watch whether you’re in the race or not, the teams race 21.6 miles along the River Thames on September 14, passing historic landmarks such as Tower Bridge as they speed by.
Address: The race begins at Millwall Slipway, Westferry Road, London E14, but you can check it out anywhere on the Thames.
9. London Design Festival
The 17th annual London Design Festival is happening September 14-22. The event was created to celebrate London’s place as the design capital of the world. The festival fosters creativity from designers and occurs in a variety of museums, iconic London locations, and public spaces. The festival is known for creating iconic temporary art pieces in iconic London spots!
10. Open House London
One weekend a year, Open House London grants access to some of London's most stunning buildings. An HGTV-watcher’s dream, this event celebrates the city’s architecture and style. The best part? Free (!) admission into over 800 buildings throughout the city. Open House this falls on the weekend of September 21.
11. International London Tattoo Convention
For 15 years, the International London Tattoo Convention has celebrated body art better than anyone else. The event, held September 27-29, encourages visitors to learn more about the art of tattooing with exhibits, special guests, and other entertainment.
Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF