September City Events in London
With summer bidding us its sad farewell, we could be treated to a last hurrah of warm weather in September. Perfect for the last few festivals in England’s capital city.
1. The Thames Festival, City Wide – 6th – 15th September
As the blue grey waters of the iconic River Thames flow past you, you can almost taste the salt of the sea at the end of its journey and imagine the multitudes of boats and lives that have been won and lost on the Thames. This year the Thames Festival, a celebration of London’s lifeblood, has been extended to 10 days of spectacular, watery events with everything from music and art to special tours and talks. Don’t miss the magnificent water-borne performance of A Ships Opera. A moving operatic concerto of ships’ steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon which head slowly up river. And, of course, there will also be a spectacular fireworks display over the Thames and the fabulous Night Carnival.
2. Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park at Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park – 7th September
If you have been to any of the other concerts in the Proms series this summer, you will notice a definite change of flavour on the Last Night. There is euphoria in the streets with people singing classical tunes in the warm, late summer evening. For those at the Royal Albert Hall you will be treated to some of the most popular and well known classical music performed by the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra plus guest stars Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy. The Proms in the Park has more of a relaxed, festival feel with a stellar line-up including British pop Legend Bryan Ferry and world famous tenor Joseph Calleja.
3. London Fashion Week at Somerset House – 13th – 20th September
The clack of spiky stilettos, the snap, snap, snap of photographers’ cameras and the heady and expensive perfume of the models all says the glitz and glamour of London Fashion Week. The guest list is stuffed with more A-listers than the Oscars and the very latest designs from top fashion houses like Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood mixing together like rich cream and richer cream. This year’s top tips are more Unisex clothes for boys and girls plus the long awaited return of the denim jacket to the high fashion look.
4. The Great River Race at Hounslow – 7th September
Looking across the glinting sunlit waters of the River Thames you can see a multitude of bobbing boats. Each with its compliment of keen racers some deadly serious, some just in it for fun and to raise some money for charity. The Great River Race has been described as the equivalent of the London Marathon on the River. With more than 300 vessels competing over a 21 mile course, through the heart of the London, for 35 different trophies the atmosphere will be festive along the banks. Look out for the best fancy dress costumes as the rowers make their watery way up river to finish at Ham House and a rousing cheer.
5. Real Food Market at Southbank centre – every weekend
Wandering around the Real Food Market at the SouthBank Centre gives you a real sense of community spirit and how things used to be, Londoners popping up to the market to get the freshest and highest quality produce from carefully selected, local suppliers. You can actually talk to the people who grow or rear what they are selling; they know the whole story of what is on the table in front of you. You can squeeze the cheese or fondle the food (not too much though as you’ll get some funny looks!) or just grab a bite to eat and a coffee and enjoy to delicious sights, sounds and smells of one of London’s best markets.