Curious to catch a glimpse of the Queen's residence? Buckingham Palace is open to the public until the end of September.
More to do and enjoy in London and the UK in our September Favourites.
festival: Totally Thames 2019
An array of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames. The programme works collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses to spotlight the river with spectacular art to create a diverse and sustainable creative riverfront. We recommend: The Ship of Tolerance at Millennium Bridge, Heritage Cruise with Iain Sinclair and The Ship of Tolerance: A Concert for London.
dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
4th - 14th September
Celebrating over 60 years of unparalleled artistry, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents three thrilling programmes of dance, all featuring the soul-stirring masterpiece, Revelations – the most seen modern dance piece in the world.
The legendary company’s irresistible dancers dazzle with their trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy, bringing audiences to their feet every night. Highlights include: the UK premiere of Rennie Harris’ uplifting Lazarus (Programme A); The Call which sees Ronald K. Brown offering up his love letter to Ailey set to the music of Bach (Programme B); and Ella, Artistic Director Robert Battle’s celebration of the legendary singer.
theatre: Wolf of Wall Street Immersive Experience
Making its world premiere in London, the Wolf of Wall Street immersive production is based on the famous movie about New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort's memoir. This production was adapted and directed by Alexander Wright (The Great Gatsby). The Audience will dive into the world of greed, power, and excess.
sport: Great River Race
This annual London River Marathon attracts over 330 crews from all over the world. The Great River Race is a boat race up the River Thames. The race is 21.6 miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. It appeals to every level of competitor, from dedicated athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts and it is a great day for competitors and spectators.
art: London Design Festival
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Design Districts are a key component of the Festival with each district constituting a cluster of events within a short walking distance of each other. Landmark Projects are major installations that create something extraordinary in response to a variety of stimuli such as a particular material, a theme or a location. A unique collaboration with the V&A fills the museum each September with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic.
not to be missed: Open House London
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. Visit London’s best buildings!
Check the full building listings or buy a printed guide to plan your visits over the weekend. They encourage buildings to keep access free to those who show up on the day, however some buildings (and particularly tours) will require pre-booking. Find out more on the individual buildings’ pages and plan your weekend in advance.
Chiswick House Dog Show
The Chiswick House Dog Show invites all dogs to join in celebrating the canine world. This year's theme is about celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing. Put your thinking caps on for some great fancy dress ideas. There will be 18 fun classes, My Dog's Got Talent, celebrity judges, food and drinks, over 40 stalls, and an egg and spoon relay. By joining, everyone's efforts will be to raise money to fund projects that help to improve the Chiswick House of Garden.
festival: Japan Matsuri Festival
London's festival for Japanese culture returns Sunday, 29 September. This free annual festival brings people together to celebrate Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family. This year's concept is "Future Generations." This festival will be happening all day in Trafalgar Square. There will be two performance areas – the main stage and martial arts stage, as well as a family activity tent including manga, calligraphy, and origami. And of course, stalls providing information, Japanese goods and delicious Matsuri food!
book in advance: Christmas at Kew
20th Nov-5th Jan 2020