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 poking around Open House Weekend to glamming up for London Fashion Week, September eases us into the gloomier months with a feast of great things to do. And there's still a bit of outdoor fun to be had – get out and get stuck into the last of the capital's music festivals, night markets and outdoor London shindigs while you still can.
Our September 2016 highlights
Returning for another year, the Totally Thames festival graces the banks of the River Thames this September. Bigger than previous years, the celebration will take place across the whole of the month (Tue Sep 1–Wed Sep 30 2015) and is one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about.Read more
The pop art phenomenon entranced artists all over the world from Latin America to Asia, throughout Europe and the Middle East. This exhibition of over 200 works created between the 1960s and 1970s reveals how artists from different countries put their individual spin on pop art.Read more
Venue says: 10% discount at lunch time, noon-3:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Not far from the Hackney Picturehouse, this smallish but quite smart venue seems to get plenty of business from local Vietnamese. So much so that on a fine day the prime tables on the pavement are usually occupied by groups of Vietnamese men, drinking and talking. Many of them may be associated with the restaurant’s takeaway business, which focuses largely on common Chinese dishes. Hai-Ha does, however, have quite a substantial Vietnamese repertoire. Cha ca la vong (named after a Hanoi restaurant that has served only this one dish for several generations) was a real treat; it consisted of grilled fish (here monkfish) marinated in turmeric, cooked with dill and spring onion, then topped with chopped peanuts. Seafood bun huế (noodle soup) was tasty and refreshing even on a very hot day. This is more than can be said for the bottle of sparkling water, which was unrefrigerated and came with a glass still warm from the dishwasher; rather grudgingly, a small amount of ice was brought. Thankfully, the Saigon beer was chilled to perfection.