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London events in September

Your guide to the best happenings, events and things to do throughout September 2015 in London

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. 

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Our September 2015 highlights


Totally Thames

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. 

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By: Time Out London editors


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, Walthamstow Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Open House London

The annual Open House London weekend, on Sat Sep 19–Sun Sep 20, gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital's biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free this September. This is your chance to explore a bit of hidden London and have a poke around some of London's best buildings.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

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, South Hackney Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 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, Primrose Hill Saturday September 5 2015

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, Greenwich Saturday September 5 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Merge Festival

A collection of creative events and installations will take over venues great and small in the Bankside area for a fifth year in 2015, inviting the public to discover the area's buildings and spaces by interacting with specially designed artworks. 

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Various Bankside locations, The Borough Friday September 18 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

Maggie’s Culture Crawl

This night-time walk with a difference offers participants pit stops at such iconic buildings as Chelsea Physic Garden, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Foster + Partners Studio. The theme for 2015 is 'People and Places', and highlights of the evening will include a first look at the Royal Academy of Arts's new Ai Weiwei sculpture before it opens to the public. 

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Various London locations, London Friday September 18 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015

The World Goes Pop

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.

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Tate Modern, South Bank Thursday September 17 2015 - Sunday January 24 2016

London Tattoo Convention

An annual body art festival packed with the best in the business, the London Tattoo Convention is back for an eleventh year in 2015, with more than 400 of the world's most talented tattoo artists confirmed to attend. Watch pro-inkers such as Megan Massacre, Tim Hendricks and Phil Kyle at work and admire designs from 37 countries.

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Tobacco Dock, Wapping Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

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By: Elizabeth Darke



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.