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Summer may officially be over, but there are still plenty of scorchin' hot things to do in the capital this September. For starters, check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below.

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Totally Thames

Returning for another year, yet under a different name, Totally Thames (previously Thames Festival) graces the banks of the River Thames this month, rounding off summer in the capital. Bigger than previous years, the water-side festival takes place across the whole of September, and is sure to make a splash with its mix of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities.

Check out our guide to this year's Totally Thames festival


iTunes Festival

  • Free

Every year the lovely people at iTunes treat us Londoners to a seriously good series of free gigs, and in 2014 they’ve gone and done it again. The ever-popular iTunes Festival rolls into town for its eighth run this September and is set to bring 30 nights of superb music to the Roundhouse. It’s a fantastic venue to catch international pop gods like Pharrell and Kylie, rising stars such as Kiesza and leftfield legends such as Beck.

Check out our guide to this year's iTunes Festival

  1. Roundhouse Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Tue Sep 30
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It’s baaaaaack (bacon) – the meatiest of food fests, Meatopia. And in its second year, the line-up promises to be even bigger and better, with unique-to-the-event dishes designed by some of the greatest meat masters in the capital. Expect whole roasted beasts, great music, and a mind-blowing array of carnivorous pleasures. Pretty much every serious meat purveyor in town (from Dirty Bones to Duck & Waffle, Flat Iron to Foxlow) will be showing off their skills, plus there’ll be good booze, butchery classes, tasting rooms and edible demos.

  1. Tobacco Dock Porters Walk, E1W 2SF
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Sep 7
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Horst: Photographer of Style

A stunning retrospective of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career opens at the V&A this weekend. The German-American photographer did shoots for world-famous couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in the ’30s, as well as experimenting with early colour techniques later on in life. His most renowned images will be on display alongside rarities and unpublished pictures, plus there will be a recreation of Horst's 1940s studio. Archive film footage, sketchbooks and letters will also give an insight into his creative process.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Jan 4
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Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell and beatboxer Tom Thum top off a series of dates at London Wonderground this Tuesday evening, mixing mouth-made beats and instrument sounds with guitar strumming to winning, breezy effect. They've sold-out a shed-load of shows previously and impressed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so expect the last of their summer gigs in London to be a belter.

  1. London Wonderground Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Returning to the massive downstairs screen at the Prince Charles Cinema on Tuesday, this two-hour movie quiz features specialised theme rounds such as the soundtrack round and obscured video round. There's no need to book for Filmageddon 6: Chaos Theory; just make sure you brush up on your trivia to win prizes including cinema tickets, cinema memberships, film-inspired apparel, action figures, DVDs and more.

  1. Prince Charles Cinema 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BP
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Annual Reunion and Fun Day

  • Free

A flurry of fur and friendly faces will pack Battersea Park this Sunday for the famous animal sanctuary's twentieth annual reunion. They'll create a paradise for dogs and owners alike featuring stalls, activities, refreshments, which even includes playgrounds and paddling pools for the pooches. Your dog doesn't have to be Battersea alumni to join in the fun - all four-legged friends are welcome.

  1. Battersea Park Queenstown Rd, SW11 4NJ
  2. Sun Sep 7
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Shoe Shop

  • Rated as: 4/5

Few restaurants have won such adoration as Giaconda Dining Room, the precursor of Shoe Shop, which debuted on the edge of Covent Garden in 2008. Everyone agreed that the pumpkin-sized place with unflashy decor, run by a couple of no-nonsense Aussies, served bloody brilliant food. Chef Paul Merrony's flavours were big and bold, and prices were pleasingly low. However the duo closed Giaconda in 2014 with the intention of opening something near their home in north-west London. The couple’s new venture is called Shoe Shop. In spirit it’s very like Giaconda: no ornamentation, very few tables, un-greedy pricing – mains peak at £16.50. But most of all, the food is still bloody brilliant.

  1. 122 Fortess Road, NW5 2HL
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Unlimited Festival

  • Free

The festival of performance, dance and visual arts from disabled artists returns to the Southbank Centre this week for the second time following its first run as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Pieces include a world premiere of Katherine Araniello's 'The Dinner Party Revisited', which has six TV monitor guests all outstaying their welcome; 'Let Me Stay', Julie McNamara's exploration of the impact of Alzheimer's on family, and 'Intimacy' from Australian dancer Michelle Ryan, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 30. As well as performance, there are also talks, workshops and spoken word gigs over the five-day festival.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Sep 7
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The 2 Bears

Two furry friends – Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and fellow Greco-Roman Soundsystem member Raf 'Daddy' Rundell – will work their unique mix of downtempo dub, vocal house and squelchy, pared-down electro at this midweek shindig in Angel. This is their first ever full live show (a warm-up for Bestival, which takes place this weekend) so miss this and miss out.

  1. Electrowerkz 7 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ
  2. Wed Sep 3
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Looking for more fun in the capital?

And our readers recommend...

Aqua Shard

  • Price band: 3/4

"London on a sunny summer's day from up high is just so magical, the crowds and traffic seemed far away, and after we felt as if we had been on a trip out of London for the day, not just a lunch." Lyn Cecil

  1. London Bridge
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Sager and Wilde

"Rare wines that are perfectly served, great staff and ambience - if you have an interest in wine or want to impress someone who does, this is the place." Pete Smith

  1. Haggerston
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Pitt Cue Co

  • Price band: 2/4

"If you have not been before, make sure you get the bone marrow mash, it is (according to my girlfriend) like eating a hug. So comforting." Rory McNully

  1. Soho
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Tapas Brindisa

  • Price band: 2/4

"Had gazpacho, lovely goats yoghurt, and yummy chorizo in a roll from their stall in Borough Market." Filiz Taylan Yüzak

  1. Borough Market
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