Summer days may be over, but that doesn’t mean we need to slip on our robes and crank on the heaters just yet. From the last of al fresco entertainment to spectacular exhibitions, step out the door and enjoy the Divas’ pick of unmissable autumn events happening across the capital this September.
Totally Thames Festival, 1 — 30 Sept
We might stroll, cycle, drive past it on a day-to-day basis, but nothing shows London’s much-loved waterway in a new, refreshing perspective quite like Totally Thames Festival. The month-long event is making a splash with a whopping 150 river-related events — including art festivals, regattas, river races and installations — celebrating the Thames in all its glory.
Labyrinth, 1 Sept — 8 Oct
If you loved Wolf of Wall Street, then you’ll love Hampstead Theatre’s Labryrinth. Chronicling the euphoric highs and unimaginable lows of a Wall Street broker in 1970s New York, this Main Stage thriller is sure to have you transfixed. Book seats while they last!
Proms in the Park, 10 Sept
Missed your chance on grabbing tickets for the Last Night of the Proms at Royal Albert? Fret not. Offering a stirring alternative finale in nearby Hyde Park is none other than Proms in the Park. Boasting a line-up of pop and classical music, comedians and West End ensembles, grab your rugs and picnic hampers for an evening of entertainment.
Open House London, 17 — 18 Sept
The fantastic (and free!) Open House London returns for its 24th year, with more than 850 of the city’s sites and buildings open to the public. Go behind doors of London’s architectural gems — historic and modern— and uncover unique, extraordinary designs. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good poke around?
London Design Festival, 17 — 25 Sept
A design enthusiast’s dream come true, celebrate the wonderful, the quirky and the cutting edge at this year’s London Design Festival. Taking place across the capital, the eight-day festival offers an inspiring line-up of events and exhibits showcasing work from budding artists and creative industries. Rumour also has it Paul Smith is set to transform Trafalgar Square into a mini golf course…
Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 17 Sept — 23 Dec
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
In case a ride on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is looking slightly unattainable, swing by the Royal Observatory’s latest exhibition for a stellar trip to space. With a gallery of remarkable ‘astrophotography’, the exhibition’s images of our sky and galaxies far, far away are sure to leave you starry-eyed.
Ceramics in the City, 22 — 25 Sept
Stylish ceramics and tableware for the prettiest tabletop settings? Look no further than Ceramics in the City. The annual exhibition and fair at the Geffrye Museum features the work of 50 potters from all over the UK. From porcelain to clay, traditional to modern, the fair’s array of designs are sure to add character and charm to any interior.
Abstract Expressionism, 24 Sept — 2 Jan
Royal Academy of Arts
Step back in time to 1940s New York at the RA’s autumn exhibition, Abstract Expressionism. A survey of the post—World War II art movement, soak up vivacious drawings, sculpture, canvases and photography which helped put the Big Apple at the centre of the western art world.