Things to do in London in September 2020

London comes alive in September with city-wide celebrations, family fun and exciting festivals, as the city basks in the last weeks of summer.

Top September events

  • September is festival season in London. 
  • Top September events include Open House London, Totally Thames, the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week
  • This month is your last chance to explore Buckingham Palace.

Make the most of the last few weeks of summer in September, when the weather is normally still warm and there's a whole range of unmissable events in London.

As the summer school holidays come to an end, the city welcomes an exciting line-up of architecture, fashion and music festivals – but there are still plenty of fun things to do for those family days out at the weekends.

September events in London

London festivals in September

  • Enjoy a month-long celebration of London's river during Totally Thames. Admire artworks, catch concerts in unusual spaces and explore the history of the Thames through free exhibitions and walks.
  • Spot innovative design projects and large-scale installations as they pop up all over the capital in September during the London Design Festival, and visit the festival hub at the V&A for more events to check out during the week.  
  • Catch up on the latest fashion trends with catwalk shows, pop-up designer shops and expert-led panels at London Fashion Week.
  • Step inside some of the capital’s most iconic, unusual and, at times, secret buildings during the free Open House London festival.
  • Enjoy free activities on 20km (12 miles) of traffic-free streets in London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the City of London during the Reimagine car-free day.
  • Celebrate all things African culture during the Africa in London festival, from art exhibitions and live music to pop-up markets. 

Late summer events in London

  • Get set for the grand finale of the two-month-long BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival. Expect fireworks, live music and British eccentricity during BBC Proms in the Park.
  • Take the last chance to step into the lavish State Rooms of Buckingham Palace during its summer opening. 
  • Enjoy the last few days of the Underbelly Festival, with South Bank events featuring comedy, circus and cabaret shows, as well as alfresco food and drinks. 
  • Catch a film under the stars on a warm September evening with The Luna Cinema.
  • Wander around Greenwich Market on the first Friday of the month to devour some of best vegan street food in London, and shop for plant-based produce at Vegan Vibes GMT.
  • Shop ‘till you drop as Summer Streets turns Regent Street traffic-free with wellness pop-ups, workshops, deals and live entertainment for one Sunday this month.
  • Let your hair down as Woolwich Carnival heats up the streets with music, dancing, costumes and stalls in celebration of London's cultures and communities.

Quirky London events

London sports events

  • Watch top gamers battle it out at the grand final of the League of Legends UK League Championship.
  • Pick up your paddle and challenge yourself to a race along the Thames at Regatta London, an annual fundraiser and celebration of all paddle sports – or cheer on the competitors from land.

For more things to do in September in London, download the Visit London app and check out our weekly guide to what's on at the weekend in London.

Find heaps of seasonal special events and activities with our ultimate guide to autumn in London. Alternatively, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, including the best London theatre shows

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London weather page.

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