As Nat King Cole once sang, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are nearly over but September still has plenty to offer Londoners. Here’s our guide to making the most of the capital
Totally Thames, 1 – 30 Sept
It’s difficult to choose just one event from this month-long celebration of London’s river. Amid the arts, music and community festivals, regattas, river rallies and races, the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir concert, hosted by Southwark Cathedral, is worth a punt. As is the Great River Race featuring more than 300 brightly coloured paddle and oar-powered vessels.
Lord of the Flies, 3 – 12 Sept
Summer hasn’t disappeared quite yet so make the most of it with Open Air Theatre. William Golding’s novel about survival and human nature has been adapted for stage by Nigel Williams.
BBC Proms in the Park, 12 Sept
The last night finale from the Royal Albert Hall is beamed directly to the live music the event in the park. Rousing music on a late summer evening – bliss.
Treescapes, 16 – 20 Sept
1950s portraitist David Rolt chooses his favourite paintings of trees shimmering and twisting in the sunshine.
London Design Festival 2015, 19 – 27 Sept
More than 350 events and installations, staged by hundreds of studios, from international artists, covering the spectrum of creativity and design – this is an art trail on a grand scale. The V&A seems to be the hub of most design celebrations but events not to be missed are Stuart Carey’s ceramics exhibition at Roundhouse Design and architect David Adjaye’s installation hosted at Somerset House.
Open House London, 19 – 20 Sept
The annual festival of architecture is back for its 23rd year. Hundreds of buildings, usually closed to the public, open their doors in a celebration of the quirky, the grand and the beautiful.
Croquet on the Heath, until 28 Sept
Golders Hill Park
This year saw the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. Release your inner Alice and take advantage of the two half-size croquet lawns that are available for non-members to give it a try. Flamingoes not provided.
Raindance Film Festival, 23 Sept – 4 Oct
Unlike its southern France counterpart, this festival will likely experience rain and cooler temperatures. Not to worry, the screening of 100 feature films and 150 shorts from new and alternative filmmakers takes place in different venues around Piccadilly Circus and all of them are indoor.