Guide to September in The City

Summer may be over, but there’s still plenty to do and see in The City of London this September.

September can feel like a rather subdued time of year. After all, the summer is over and it feels like a bit of a slog until Christmas. This is not the case for those embarking on short term serviced apartment stays in London, however. The capital is a fantastic place to be at any time of the year and in The City alone, there is a wide selection of events taking place throughout the month.

Fire Food Market – Guildhall Yard – September 3rd and 4th

You may not have heard about it, but there’s a rather important anniversary coming up that is very much centre around The City. This September marks 350 years since the Great Fire of London and there’s a special food market being held, taking inspiration from the occasion. The Fire Food Market will be fuelled by open-flame grills and wood-fired ovens and will feature impressive light installations alongside the culinary delights.

The market will be running from 6.30pm until 10pm on the Saturday and from 5pm to 10pm on the Sunday. Entry is free, but you’ll need some cash to buy food.

fire food

Heritage Open Day – Dr Johnson’s House – September 11th

A rare opportunity to explore Dr Johnson’s House for free as part of the Heritage Open Day scheme comes about this September. Learn more about the writer and his famous dictionary, as well as the stunning Queen Anne townhouse in which he lived in The City. There’s even a facsimile copy of the great man’s dictionary, allowing you to look up his interesting and sometimes quirky meanings for many words.

Open between 11am and 5pm. Free for one day only.

London Symphony Orchestra 2016/17 Season Launch – Barbican Centre –18th and 20th

Two performances of Verdi’s Requiem will kick off the latest season of the London Symphony Orchestra, as conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings together a selection of Italian opera stars. They will include Daniela Barcellona as mezzo-soprano, Francesco Meli as tenor and Michele Pertusi as baritone. It will be a real treat for opera lovers, as Requiem is widely acknowledged to be Verdi at his best. It has been so widely acclaimed that even fellow composer, Brahms praised it after its first performance, saying: “Only a genius could write something like this.”

Performances begin at 7pm and 7.30pm, depending on the date attending. Tickets start at £10 and go up to £42, plus a booking fee if not organised in person.


Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy – Guildhall Art Gallery – from September 20th

Another anniversary being marked in 2016 is 150 years since the laying of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable. It was a huge step forward in communication and did not go unnoticed by artists of the time. A number of responses from key Victorian painters are going on show to demonstrate how they were trying to understand a new age of time, distance and the ability to send messages much more speedily. The works have been provided by the City of London’s art gallery, as well as a selection of important collections from across the UK.

Open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 noon until 4pm on Sundays, the exhibition will be free to enter.

Annual Sheep Drive – London Bridge – September 25th

Now here’s a sight you’ve probably never seen before – sheep being driven over London Bridge – but it’s actually an important historic act. Once a year, the Worshipful Company of Woolmen exercise their right as Freeman of the City of London to do just that. It’s a great opportunity to see livery companies in their traditional regalia, as well as people dressed up in all manner of sheep-related fancy dress costumes. All money raised is donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Woolmen’s Charitable Trust.

Free to view from 9am to 4pm.


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