Say goodbye to summer in style and get ready for all things autumn in London with our pick of the best events this September. From contemporary art to culinary delights, September welcomes us not only with the usual change of weather, but a real feast of great things to do – time to start filling out those diaries!
Open House London, 16 – 17 Sept
Get your walking shoes on. The capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design is set to fling open the doors of over 800 exclusive buildings to the public, from medieval halls to modern skyscrapers. If you’ve ever wanted to look behind the scenes at some of London’s most iconic buildings, parks, and gardens – then Open House London has the keys.
London Design Festival, 16 – 24 Sept
An unmissable event for architects, creatives, and style-seekers alike, over 100 exhibitors are set to show off their talents across a week of design-filled fun. With an array of thought-provoking installations and experimental pop-ups, London Design Festival is bursting with inspiration.
Decorex, 17 -20 Sept
Lavish headboards to exquisite dining tables, Decorex International is the world’s biggest interiors fair dedicated to the luxury interior design industry. The show returns to the beautiful and historic Syon Park, boasting over 400 exhibitors, including new and established designers. Expect interactive areas, seminars hosted by industry experts and, of course, plenty of drool-worthy design.
BBC Good Food’s Feast, 22 – 24 Sept
Tower of London
A culinary experience like no other, BBC Good Food’s Feast is coming to the Tower of London for one delicious weekend in September. With live demos from some of the UK’s top chefs (including Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr.), bite your way through the city’s best street food vendors and trendy pop-up restaurants and stock up your fridge with some artisan goodies.
Jane Eyre, 26 Sept
An artistically staged and mesmerizing adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, the National Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre has been praised for good reason. Uncovering the plight of a vivacious heroine, Sally Cookson’s unconventional and highly inventive direction breathes new life into this well-worn classic.
Totally Thames Festival, throughout Sept
Totally Thames festival returns this September with a splash! A month-long soirée of art, river races, regattas and immersive activities, the festival will once again celebrate our much-loved river in all its winding glory. With highlights including scenic kayak trips and a Tower Bridge chamber concert, there’s an activity for everyone to dive into.
Rachel Whiteread, 12 Sept – 4 Feb
Since becoming the first ever female to win the Turner Prize in 1993, sculpturist Rachel Whiteread has gone on to create more and more head-turning, radical art. Spanning more than three decades of her work, Tate Britain’s retrospective will showcase a mixture of Whiteread’s monumental sculptures alongside a range of new pieces – a must-see exhibition this autumn.