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London events in September

Your guide to the best happenings in London this September

Say goodbye to summer in style – get out and get stuck into the last of the capital's festivals, pop-ups and outdoor shindigs this month.

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Our September highlights



At US barbecue festivals meat and music combine to create one hell of a party, and Grillstock will be bringing the hunger-inducing, hip-shaking combination to Walthamstow this September. The weekend will host a line-up of more than 25 bands and DJs as well as a low and slow BBQ competition, hot-dog eating competition and heaps of pit-smoked meat to chow down on.

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Chestnuts Field Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Pup Aid

Celebrity vet Marc Abraham's one-day event for dog owners and pooch enthusiasts hopes to raise awareness of puppy farming, which is the mass production of puppies for commercial gain and sometimes involves the animals living in terrible conditions. The cause has many celebrity supporters and usually promises a famous face or two; previous attendees have included Brian May, Ricky Gervais and Sarah Harding.

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Primrose Hill Saturday September 5 2015 Free

The Greenwich Vintage Fair On the Gardens

Stock up on beautiful items that are a blast from the past at this weekend-long market selling clothes, collectables, homewares and records. Vintage trucks will be serving street food (which presumably isn't old at all).

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Cutty Sark Gardens Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015 Free

Klezmer in the Park

This annual festival of klezmer and Sephardi music is a lot of fun, with live acts performing on the Regent's Park Bandstand as well as exhibitions and displays of Jewish culture, family activities, kosher food and crafts and gifts for sale. There's even a 'Kid's Klezmer Klub'.

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Regent's Park Bandstand Sunday September 6 2015 Free

Jurassic 5

The laid back, daisy age-style hip hop crew reunited a few years ago, and they stop off here on another headline tour with new material to add to their catalogue of rap classics. It’s great to have them back.

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The Forum Thursday September 10 2015

The London Flower Show

London already has a flower show, and an internationally renowned one at that, but Chelsea is a long way from Bow, so East End horticulturalists will no doubt be pleased about this three-day festival of gardens, flowers and plants in Victoria Park. As well as trade stands, garden installations and growing competitions (with £10,000 in cash prizes to be won) the event will feature live music and and on-site bar and restaurant.

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Victoria Park Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015


Normally ill-served when it comes to fun in fields, south-east London got its own back in 2014 with the first instalment of this new two-day music festival. It’s back for 2015, with a dad-friendly line-up of mature indie bands (Elbow, Madness, the Manics) plus a trio of cool female singer-songwriters (Kelis, Anna Calvi and Laura Mvula) and a second stage booked by Heavenly Records. More music will be announced soon, including a stage booked by Gilles Peterson, who put together a tasty leftfield line-ups last year. 

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Blackheath Saturday September 12 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

Run to the Beat

No need to update your running playlist for this 10k in Wembley Park. The route will be lined with DJs who'll play sets that will keep you feeling energetic the whole way through. They also promise one 'festival-worthy' headline act at the finish line to distract you from the pain of that last stretch: Jessie J, Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah have all performed in previous years.

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Wembley Park Sunday September 13 2015

United Festival

After a storming debut last year, this one-day celebration of UK rave culture returns to shake up Finsbury Park. Over 150 hard-hitting names will be helping the crowds to rave hard and true, blasting out drum 'n' bass, techno, hardcore, garage and acid house across eight arenas.

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Finsbury Park Sunday September 13 2015

Open House London

This hugely popular, capital-wide annual festival of architecture celebrates its twenty-third anniversary in 2015 and takes place over the weekend of September 19 and 20. The festival allows access to hundreds of buildings not normally open to the public – private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments and many others.

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Various Venues Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015 Free



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.