As autumn sweeps into London, leaving carpets of golden leaves in its wake, it brings with it a whole host of events to celebrate the new season. Make the most of the last of the summer sun as you celebrate the iconic River Thames, or attend the London Fashion Week Festival to learn what you’ll soon be wearing. So, book a serviced apartment in the UK’s capital and explore the city at its most enchanting.
Totally Thames 2017 – Various London locations – September 1st to 30th
This annual celebration of the River Thames boasts a whole host of creative exhibitions, concerts and parties themed around the historic waterway. Major highlights include the Bascule Chamber Concerts at Tower Bridge – curated by Iain Chambers and running from September 22nd to 24th – and Rivers of the World, which is a free international art project that can be seen at City Hall and other locations. Meanwhile, the Tongue Fu Boat Party, setting sail on September 25th, features one of the world’s liveliest spoken word shows as you sail down the Thames aboard the Dixie Queen Paddle Steamer.
Tickets for the Bascule Chamber Concerts cost £15 for under-25s and £25 for those aged 25 and over, while an evening aboard the Dixie Queen will set you back between £13 and £20.
London Fashion Week Festival – The Store Studios – September 21st to 24th
One of the ‘big four’ fashion weeks along with Milan, Paris and New York; London Fashion Week is iconic. And the subsequent London Fashion Week Festival allows us mere mortals to get a glimpse into the fast-paced world of high street and couture style. There’s plenty of opportunities to update your wardrobe, with threads from over 150 designer brands available at show-exclusive prices. Featuring talks from the experts and a chance to find out what everyone will soon be wearing, you’ll also find plenty of parties and events at which to socialise and enjoy a tipple.
Tickets range from £20 to £200, depending on how exclusive an experience you’re after.
Londinium – across London – ongoing
London is renowned for its rich history, so why not go back to the city’s origins and delve into its fascinating Roman past? Londinium features a series of talks, films, walking tours and events. From September 14th, you can enjoy a lunchtime tour of London’s Roman Amphitheatre at the Guildhall Art Gallery, or learn the art of Roman wine making at the Chief Commoner’s Parlour on September 29th. One of the most exciting events is no doubt the production of Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe. This theatrical extravaganza is running from September 8th to October 1st.
While the Guildhall tour is free, the wine tasting event costs £15, and you can expect to pay between £5 and £45 for a seat at The Globe.
BBC Proms in the Park – Hyde Park – September 9th
Experience Britain’s biggest outdoor classical music event, packed full of that trademark British eccentricity, and a whole load of patriotism. The event takes place on the last night of the two-month classical music festival and ends with a live link up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional finale. This year’s set list includes performances from Elaine Paige, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Steps, Texas, and – headliner – Sir Ray Davies.
Tickets for BBC Proms in the Park start at £47.20
Matisse in the Studio – Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair – ongoing
French artist Henri Matisse’s works are world-famous, and often exhibited. So what makes this exhibition different? Matisse in the Studio gives you a chance to step inside the innovator’s workspace in this unique exhibition of the things he kept in there. Objects sit side-by-side with the works they inspired: a blue vase stands adjacent to a gorgeous still life, while African masks hang next to paintings of faces. As the nights draw in, enjoy a quiet hour among these stunning paintings and the objects Matisse drew his inspiration from.
Tickets range from free for some concessions, to £15.50
Extract: The summer may have drawn to a close, but in London, there is still a wide variety of seasonal events to enjoy throughout September.
Meta description: Step up your September game with a trip to London and a chance to enjoy a few of the events going on throughout the capital during the month.