12 things to do in London in September 2023

As summer comes to a close and we leave the fleeting warmer weather behind, it’s time to begin planning for September. What better place to head than the UK’s capital for an extraordinary city break experience?

Whether you’re eager to tick off your London bucket list or simply looking for fun things to do in London, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover our 12 top picks in London for September 2023.

Pub in the Park

1st – 3rd September

burgers-and-pub-foodTasty pub grump, buzzy live music, world-class cooking demos and an array of activities to keep the little ones busy. What more could we ask for in a food and music festival? This summer, Pub in the Park has been touring the UK and come the 1st of September 2023 will be arriving in Chiswick, London.

Pub in the Park brings together partying and feasting! And with special culinary guests including Tom Kerridge and Si King from the Hairy Bikers and musical legends including McFly and Ronan Keating, this is an ultimate festival weekend you won’t want to miss.

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Back to Hogwarts Day

1st September

platform-nine-and-three-quarters-signPack your broomsticks and chocolate frogs. All aboard the Hogwarts Express! ‘Back to Hogwarts Day’ is returning for another year of wizarding celebrations. On the 1st of September, Harry Potter fans will come together to mark the moment Hogwarts students set foot on Platform 9¾ to board the iconic Hogwarts Express.

Congregating in Kings Cross Station, witches and wizards will have the chance to sip yummy butterbeer (a wizarding world delicacy), enter exciting LEGO® Harry Potter giveaways, and enjoy spellbinding photo opportunities!

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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Various dates

women-in-vintage-cabaret-clothingIf the stage is more to your liking, you’ll not want to miss this theatrical revival based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Cabaret is back on London’s West End with a star-studded line-up.

With Maude Apatow from HBO’s Euphoria and Mason Alexander Park from Netflix’s The Sandman joining the cast back in May, critics have called Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club an ‘electrifying’ experience! The show has continued to build success since winning record-breaking seven Olivier Awards (including Best Musical Revival!) and has just released new seats until June 2024!

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REPLAY: Limitless Recycled Playground at Southbank Centre

1st – 3rd September

southbank-centre-signDescribed as ‘part installation, part adventure playground’, treat the kids to an exciting trip to the Southbank Centre’s ‘REPLAY: Limitless Recycled Playground’. Thoughtfully designed and built solely from waste and recycled materials, REPLAY by The Herd Theatre invites children and parents to explore and discover this imagination-led wonderland.

While REPLAY has been open to the public since early July, you can still catch the last few days of this kid-friendly attraction on the first weekend of September. Don’t forget to book!

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Silent Disco Boat Party

9th & 30th September

people-at-silent-discoLooking to have a little boogie in during your London city break? With two unforgettable nights scheduled this September, the Silent Disco Boat Party will bring good vibes all night long. With disco anthems and iconic house tunes, find your perfect headphone channel and you’re ready to go.

Take your clubbing experience to the next level this September as you dance the night away with stunning views of the London skyline in every direction!

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Tequila & Mezcal Fest at Studio 9294

8th & 9th September

tequila-shotsCelebrate the finest Mexican spirits and street food culture at the 2023 Tequila & Mezcal Fest this September. Showcasing the newest artisan brands and spirits, Tequila & Mezcal Fest aims to educate visitors on the diverse cuisine within Mexican culture.

Expect gorgeous tequila and mezcal-infused beverages, outstanding masterclasses from the most successful industry distillers, authentic Mexican street food and the joyful tunes of Mariachi melodies across this two-day festival!

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London Design Festival

16th-23rd September

design-exhibitionAs September rolls back around, the London Design Festival will be returning to the capital for its 21st edition! Celebrating London’s outstanding and innovative contribution to the industry, LDF23 will yet again transform some of London’s most iconic venues into spectacular design-driven spaces for the public to explore to their heart’s content.

Don’t forget to check out the V&A Museum’s fresh collection of specially commissioned installations exploring the power of design in binding communities and helping us rethink how we use materials.

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Waterworks Festival in Gunnersbury Park

16th September

confetti-at-festivalIf you love discovering new independent electronic artists, be sure to head to Waterworks Festival this September. This multi-stage day festival will take over the greens of Gunnersbury Park on the 16th of September for its third year with pulsing tunes and unique 808s.

Showcasing the latest and greatest talent in the techno, house, DNB and garage space. We’re confident that Waterworks will bring another legendary day of music back to West London.

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The Big London Bake

Various dates

the-big-london-bakeOn your marks, get set, bake! Ready to test your baking skills and steer clear of those pesky soggy bottoms? Discover if you have what it takes to take on the dreaded bake-off at The Big London Bake! This awarding winning bake-off attraction invites you and your family or friends to go head-to-head in an all-in-one baking experience.

With no experience needed and an exciting new monthly bake to complete, you’ll compete in a tense 90-minute challenge and (hopefully) leave with a gorgeous new creation to indulge in. Don’t forget your rolling pins because this baking day out takes the cake!

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Richmond Park Open Day

17th September

richmond-parkWhile for some of us, September marks the end of summer and the start of dreary autumn, September can be a gorgeous month to get back into nature and teach the whole family about the wonders of the natural world around them. In South West London, Richmond Park is a heavenly spot to do exactly that.

Promising plenty of activities for kids of all ages, including woodland crafts, wildlife exhibits and even horse riding demonstrations, discover the remarkable habitats of Richmond Park estate and learn how we can work together to protect our precious local ecosystems.

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Luna Cinema at Wimbledon Park

22nd-24th September outdoor-cinemaRediscover your favourite movies under the stars at Luna Cinema’s outdoor cinema experience at Wimbledon Park. With screenings of The Devil Wears Prada, Moulin Rouge and the 2022 summer blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, sit back and relax with cosy blankets, director seating upgrades and a range of food and drink options.

From your classic cinema popcorn and snacks, a fully stocked bar offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, to a famous Greek Souvlaki from Mr Greek – this snuggly cinema experience will be the perfect addition to your London city break. Just don’t forget to book your tickets in advance!

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Yoga at Sky Garden

Various dates

yoga-at-sky-garden-londonEscape the hectic capital, travel 35-floors up London’s iconic ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building and discover an idyllic yoga paradise amongst the clouds. Set amongst a gorgeous indoor tropical garden, Yoga at Sky Garden offers a wondrous mindful and refreshing experience with panoramic views of the City of London and beyond!

While Sky Garden is a must-visit London attraction we’d recommend to locals and travellers alike, the early morning yoga sessions (kicking off at 7am!) are perfect for all abilities and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and energised for the rest of your London city break.

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