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London events in September

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do throughout September 2016 in London

Woah there, don’t pull on those slippers just yet. September gets a bad rep as the chilly harbinger of winter but it’s still pretty warm out. Forget burying yourself away and dive into a whole treasure trove of amazing autumn events happening across town. From music festival finales and the last of the night markets, to the month-long Totally Thames festival and wonderful Open House weekend, pack a brollie (just in case) and get stuck in.

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Our September 2016 highlights

Totally Thames Festival

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 and is one of the many London events in September worth making a splash about. Read our guide to what's going on down by the river.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


This meaty food fest is a carnivalesque, cornucopia of carnivorous delights. London's hunger for protein shows no sign of waning so for its fourth year this celebration of butchery and booze will include an opening night of music combined with, yep, you guessed it, hulking slabs of meat. Expect 25 chefs creating bespoke dishes live every day, whole roasted beasts, trucker caps and live demos.

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Tobacco Dock , Wapping Friday September 2 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Ura Matsuri

Curated by a group of Japanese artists living in the UK, this one day festival incorporates music, arts and performance into its packed programme. Catch sets from Frank Chickens, No Cars, Kamura Obscura and more, plus film screenings, family-friendly workshops and Japanese snacks and drinks.

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Cafe Oto , Kingsland Saturday September 3 2016

Dinner at the Twits

Roald Dahl was a master of creating fantastically grotesque, squirm-inducingly foul stories. And 'The Twits' has a solid claim to being the nastiest of all - the book's monstrous couple dine out on bird pie, beard pickings and worm spaghetti. Bompas & Parr are teaming up with theatre specialists Les Enfants Terribles to create what they're calling 'the worst dinner party in the world'.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Sunday September 4 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

No Man's Land

It's been on the cards in London ever since they did it in New York and now here we go: on-screen nemeses and real-life BFFs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen bring their hailed production of Harold Pinter's 'No Man's Land' – directed by Sean Mathias – to Wyndham's following a short UK tour. The cryptic classic follows a powerplay between writers Hirst (Stewart) and Spooner (McKellen) as they booze into the night, only to be interrupted by two unexpected arrivals.

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Thursday September 8 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016

Maman Le Mot

Find yourself in a top secret bunker and bistro at this immersive experience, transporting its guests back to 1943. You'll be recruited as a secret agent and tasked with making your way to the centre of operations for the French resistance. Once the mission is complete, you'll find yourself at a Moulin Rouge eatery where a three-course dinner awaits.

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Secret London location , London Friday September 9 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016

Myths Retold

Champion storytellers Crick Crack Club pair up with the British Museum for a new season of 'epic Sundays' - bringing tales from the museum's collection to life: Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, the story of Hindu myth's goddess Kali and a bonkers Finnish story about a world made of eggshells. 

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Sunday September 11 2016 - Sunday December 11 2016


OnBlackheath returns for a third year, once again bringing together the worlds of music and food for some end-of-the-season festival action. This year’s headliners are Primal Scream and Belle & Sebastian, with more great sounds across the weekend from Hot Chip, Lonelady, James and Squeeze. The rest of the line-up offers some interesting musical diversions too: St Etienne, Edwyn Collins, a DJ set from Neneh Cherry and some younger up-and-comers.

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Blackheath , Blackheath Saturday September 10 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

Victoria Park Dog Show

A pooch parade in aid of rescue and rehoming centre, All Dogs Matter. As well as the show there will be a tombola, raffle and the chance to meet four-legged friends in need of new homes. Pay £3 to enter your dog in one category or £5 for two.

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Sunday September 11 2016

Proms in the Park


While the Last Night of the Proms is underway in the Royal Albert Hall, across the road there'll be an even bigger party going on. Michael Ball hosts the open-air concert, taking over from the late Terry Wogan, who presented Proms in the Park for 18 years running. The line-up features Irish flautist Sir James Galway, comedian Tim Minchin with some of the cast of 'Matilda' (which he wrote the songs for), and various generations of popstars including All Saints, Rick Astley and Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Saturday September 10 2016
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Check out what's happening in October

London events in October

The return of crisp days and cold evenings mean we're on the verge of winter, but that's no excuse to hibernate.

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By: Phoebe Trimingham



Everyone with a Smartphone or Phablet should bookmark Timeout. For Londoners, this is your one-stop shop for non-stop social interest and activities (Tongue-twister). My pick is the Open House opportunities.